Few literary characters have stayed with me as long as Anne of Green Gables. I saw the movie on PBS when I was a teen and she has been my kindred spirit ever since.
Victoria Magazine saw Anne's charm too and they featured her and her lovely island home more than once.
I clipped and saved this feature Victoria printed on Prince Edward Island, Canada and L.M. Montgomery.
L.M. Montgomery kept a journal about her beloved P.E.I. The entry of August 16, 1907...All of my life it has been my aim to write a book-a "real live" book. Two years earlier she had been looking over her journal in search of a suitable idea...and she found an entry from 10 years earlier: Elderly couple apply to orphanage for a boy. By mistake they were sent a girl instead. She thought that might do....the result was Anne of Green Gables.
Pictured here is the Anne of Green Gables house on Prince Edward Island. Lucy Maud Montgomery used her own childhood experiences and dreams to create Anne. This home actually belonged to L.M. Montgomery's cousins. She always dreamed of living here so she made this Anne's home.
The porch of Green Gables and scenes from P.E.I.
Today the home has been arranged as closely to the descriptions in L.M. Montgomery's book as possible. The scenes above and below are Anne's room.
Here is a second Childrens Corner feature from Victoria where they have recreated scenes from Anne of Green Gables in which Anne is learning to cook and the famous scene where Diana drinks too much currant wine instead of raspberry cordial.
Here is a recreation of a tea from the book.
I did my best to recreate Victoria's recreations with things I have around in the photos below.
I found this hat at the thrift store and as soon as I saw it I thought it looked just like a hat Anne might have worn.
Here is another copy I have of Anne of Green Gables.
The novel was so popular the first edition went through 14 printings (in 16 months) from June 1908-Oct. 1909. This edition I own is the 38th printing of that first edition.
The plate is Old British Castles by Johnson Brothers.
I put a modern teacup on a Limoges bread and butter plate.
Remember the scene where Anne forgot to put a doily over the sauce she and Marilla had made for dinner and a mouse got in it? "It must have been a romantic way for a mouse to die," Anne said.
Zinnias from the garden.
For all the young ladies out there that need a heroine, L.M. Montgomery created one in Anne. A character I will carry in my heart always. I notice she is a kindred spirit with many of you too.
I will link to all of these parties:
A Return to Loveliness Tuesday at A Delightsome Life.
Tea Party Tuesday at Lady Katherine Tea Party.
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites.
Tea Party Tuesday at The Rose Chintz Cottage.
Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affrimations.
Tea Pot and Tea Things Tuesday at A Breath of Fresh Air.
Tuesday Tea for Two at The Plumed Pen.
Tea Pot and Tea Things Tuesday at The Silken Purse.
Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life.