Welcome to the third part of the #CCAsEastCoastVoyage series! If you missed the previous two – be sure to check out “Let’s Get Our Anchor On” and “Keep Confederating!” And while I know I said this post was dedicated to our entire day in Cavendish – the number of good shots, experiences, and memories is too much for one post. Come back tomorrow for Part 2!
On day three of our epic road trip, we left Charlottetown bright and early headed to the land of Anne of Green Gables – Cavendish, Prince Edward Island.
It had been years since I last visited Cavendish – eight to be exact – and closer to twenty years since I’d visited with the intent to do all things Anne. As Colleen, Amber and I are all book nerds, it seemed fitting we spend a day dedicated entirely to taking in all of Cavendish’s Anne attractions.
Of course, we started where else but the beautiful and classic Green Gables – yes, the inspiration for the house in the book.
Green Gables is set the way it would have appeared in 1908 when Anne came to live with Marilla and Mathew. From Anne’s carpet bag and boots, to her dress with beautiful puffed sleeves. You may even find some raspberry cordial in the pantry.
The grounds are stunning – stroll (or twirl, if you’re me) in the haunted woods, said to be author Lucy Maud Montgomery’s favourite haunt for inspiration. Or sit back in a carriage or on the grass and enjoy a cold Raspberry Cordial from the Butter Churn Cafe.
And if you’re really lucky – Anne herself may even be around.
And she may talk books with you.
And you may fangirl.
And that’s totally normal and OK. Right?
It may sound cheesy or cliche, but as a writer myself with a vivid (to say the least) imagination – I couldn’t have had a better fictional character to admire than Anne Shirley as a child.
Experiencing that magic now as an adult, who arguably writes and reads more than I did as a ten year old (and I wore through a lot of typewriter ribbons back then) was indescribable. Getting to do it with friends who love books just as much as myself and who I wouldn’t know if it weren’t for a silly book in the first place?
Well… Excuse me while I get super misty eyed, struggle with words and pic spam you with my favourite shots from the day that I’m honestly so in love with – two of them have even made my blog side bar.
For those who are curious – the book I was reading is the 100 Years of Anne special edition sold at the Green Gables gift shop! How could I possibly say no to that?
And if you’re wondering what Anne is reading – she told me she’s currently reading Tennyson’s Poetical Works.
Make sure to come back tomorrow for Cavendish, Part Two for all things Avonlea and let’s face it – Gilbert Blythe.