Monday, August 9, 2010

Anne of Green Gables

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.




Wanda Lee said...

This is just so delightful!~ What a fabulous and romantic idea for, 'Tuesday And Wednesday Teaime In Blogland'; for your 'tea-lightful',teaime, tabletop-vignettes and , 'A Return To Loveliness post!..,

I adore Anne of Green Gables and your selection of Victoria magazine pictures are not only appropo, yet your teatable is so heartwarming, pretty and artfully arranged!

Thanks so much for sharing and for joining us for our 43rd 'Tuesday Tea For Two,' as well as for our 15th, 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday' dear lady!..,

Hugs from Wanda Lee

Cabin and Cottage said...

Your photos and arrangements are so well done and pleasing to look at! I really enjoyed seeing them. Beautiful! Jacqueline

Loui♥ said...

Such a delightful.. beautiful Post!
Anne has always been a favorite of mine!
thanks for sharing!!

ChRiS said...

i never read this book.....but it is on my bucket list now!

Red Couch Recipes said...

Sherry, I apologize for the length of my post in advance!!! As I am writing this my children, all three of them are watching the ANNE OF AVONLEA movies! They watched the ANNE OF GREEn GABLES yesterday. What a coincidence! They love them and laugh all the time at the funny parts....'Carrots"! I loved your post! I love the books, I love the tea that you put together and I love the movies. My in-laws went to Prince Edward Island WITHOUT ME --even though I introduced them to the books and movies -- and brought me back some Cherry Cordial...which I have never touched for years. I plan to do a post or two on the books for my Book and Cook series. I only own the paper back books, but I love them...your books are very special! I even met Megan Follows (Anne in the movies) at an LA restaurant years ago and procured her autograph, but lost it through the years. I am glad to have found a "kindred spirit"! Joni

Jane, Naples, Florida said...

My husband and I watched the entire series of
Anne of Green Gables together. He loved it as
much as I did. So endearing. Your post is
simply beautiful, as sweet and wonderful as
Anne herself.

Flora Doora

Marydon said...

I am impressed with your beautiful presentations. Lovely, just lovely.

Have a lovely summer's day ~
TTFN ~ Marydon

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Oh I LOVE this, It is "PERFECT"... I can NEVER manage to set a table without a book, so you have totally won me over, Hugs, Donna@Conghaile Cottage

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Lovely setting!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Sherry,
What a delightful tea! You're right, I enjoyed seeing it revolved around Anne with an 'E'! I have been to Green Gables many, many times over the years and it is as charming today as it was years ago. I did get your email and I must apologize for not getting back to you sooner! I have been so busy with my family, company, and appointments.
I love the teacup sitting on your Limoges plate; so pretty! I have that same TEA canister too. Great minds think alike, as they say. Thank you for sharing. It's been a lovely visit and I hope you are having a lovely week.


bj said...

This is a most beautiful setting. I am so wanting some red transferware...and a pretty white teapot..:)

Bookie said...

Perfectly delightful page today...everything is pretty, but my white pot eye spotted your lovely white tea extra nice!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Such a very pretty vignette. I loved watching that on PBS, too. I always looked forward to the next one.

Beth said...

Sherry, I really enjoyed this post! I've never seen the movie or read the book - now I know that I need to. I have never seen Victoria Magazine either...I think I've lived a deprived life! lol I truly did enjoy reading this and seeing the pictures. Sandi of Rose Chintz Cottage and Inspirations lives on PEI and I liked seeing the photos you shared. Thanks for a fun post, Sherry!

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: You always have such a beautiful blog to look at. It always makes me want to visit for awhile. Have a wonderful day. Love the Limoges! Blessings, Martha

Lavender Cottage said...

I think the story from Anne of Green Gables has inspired many of us. It was on my list of places to see in PEI and I'm glad we went there.
Your tea things are lovely.

Snap said...

I loved this post .. .some of my favorite things ... Anne of Green Gables, Victoria Magazine. Loved your vignette. Super!!!

xinex said...

What a delight to see your lovely photos! Anne is so pretty. The place and garden are wonderful and those Victorian stuff, I just love them...Christine

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How lovely this all is! What pretty dishes and scrumpteous looking cake! Yum! Thanks for your sweet visit to my beachy table.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

What a great post. I love reading about Anne and it is lovely how you created such a pretty table setting that could have been set by her. Very pretty!

Terri said...

What a lovely post. I read all the Anne books over 25 years ago! I loved reading them.
Your recreated tea is perfect. Adding new cups to Limoges plates works very well in your setting. The pretty plates are so delicate and compliment your white cups well.
Thank you for sharing in Tea Cup Tuesday.

parTea lady said...

Your tablescape is beautiful and I love your Old British Castles china.

Carolyn said...

This is a lovely post and I love those features in Victoria of our little Island.
I love to watch the movie every so often and have seen the play a few times too.


Shelia said...

What a charming post! I love sweet Annie too! Your photos are so pretty and the tablesetting is gorgeous. I have those Johnson Bros. dishes too!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a beautiful post! I love the hat you have on the old book, it is perfect! Do you have the date of this issue? I would like to see if I have it in my files!


Lady Katherine said...

So Charming! So Delightful! I enjoyed reading and looking at the pictures so much! Love the Tea you created! Thank you for joining me for Tea Time again,and again! I had such a lovely time!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

What a great post. I enjoyed all of it. Your recreation of the tea is just perfect. You put so much thought into every detail. What a wonderful copy of the first edition you have. I know you must cherish it. Thanks for sharing and thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

KathyB. said...

I very much enjoyed my time here with you, reminiscing about a favorite book and series, 'Anne of Green Gables'. I learned a lot about it too, thank-you!What a lovely tea you have set.

Kathy said...

Anne of Green Gables is one of my all time favorite books and movies. It came on PBS recently and my daughter wanted to get out our copies to watch them all over again - another Kindred Spirit.
I saw Megan Fellows in a current tv show and it threw me - she's nearly my age! I have her still in time as Anne.
You've made me smile this morning.
Thank you so much for joining A Return to Loveliness this week,

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

Hello :) This was such a wonderful post! I've never read the book, but I have seen the movie, though it was quite some time ago. That chocolate cake is calling me :)

Happy Tea Tuesday!!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

AshTreeCottage said...

Lovely post!

Susan and Bentley

Debbie Moore at Slice of Pie Entertaining and Cookbooks said...

What a beautiful recreation! Your book is fabulous ... that list of printings is incredible ... Thanks for sharing.

Princesa Nadie said...

I love Ann of Green Gables too and I also thing I am a kindered spirit with her...all her world is mine too sometimes in my dreams.
Meeting you again has been a great pleasure
Happy tea aftenoon

Angie said...

I love your post. Simply beautiful. There are no other words to describe it.

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Lovely post and a beautifully executed tea setting! I love the red and white colors of the dishes, with a sweet flower-adorned hat and old books lovely!

Olive Cooper said...

Charmed here. The hat is just darling. olive♥

Msartist said...

Such a lovely post and with beautiful photographs~ My youngest daughter is 8yr now you have inspired me to read these books with her. I loved Anne of Green Gables~ Do pop by if you get a chance I am having a giveaway on my MsartistSewCrafty blog! ~Theresa

Ro Magnolia said...

What a beautiful tribute to a classic! I love how you popped that doily on top of the tea canister with a reminder about the little drowned mouse. Too funny! I'm following you now and look forward to more lovely posts on the "charm of home" ... a truly inspired blog name! :)

sharonavinger said...

I have many of the older Victoria magazines. Can you tell us which months/year these articles were in? Thank you for a lovely post! I love all things Anne!

Sherry said...

The "Learning to Cook with Anne of Green Gables," was out of April 1991. I tore out "Anne's Beloved Island," and I can't find a month or year on it anywhere. Thank you all for such lovely comments!! I knew Ann was a kindred spirit to many. It is so fun to share it with you.

arkie said...

Loved your post! I love L.M. Montgomery's writings! My daughter watched it on PBS in the late 80's. We had to go and find the book series. It is still a favorite but so are the other books. I have to watch the Anne story on video a few times every year.

Beautiful tea setting!

lilyflux said...

Hi! My name is Ginny and I am an admin on Anne of Green Gables Wiki (, which is an online encyclopedia and resource about everything to do with Anne of Green Gables. I read your excellent post and I am requesting permission to put one of your pictures (namely the one of the list of impressions of Anne of Green Gables) up on our website as a source. I will of course credit you if you require, and you can reply to this message by sending an email to Thank you!