We are visiting the Green Gables House made famous by the author Lucy Maude Montgomery’s novel ” Anne of Green Gables” .
The house is located on Prince Edward Island in Canada.
The interior of the house has been restored and decorated to give and idea of the typical items that would have been inside it at the time that Maude knew and loved the house…
It’s an insight into a simple way of living, with many of the modern labour saving devices we take for granted today absent, it would have also been a hard way of life as most every day chores were very labour intensive.
The emphasis was on home made and hand made and implements were made well and used daily. cast iron pans in the kitchen stood up to constant use and look as good today as they did 100 years ago.
Maybe there were feathers in the comforters on the beds, naturally we couldn’t get close enough to check, but I hope that they were warm because the simple wood fires would have struggled to keep out the deepest cold of a Canadian winter.
Certainly the feeling and character of the house is a warm one, the sense of community, family and the lives lived here, are present in a way that dominate the tourist aspects of the house.
Since we arrived here later in the afternoon, took time for the woodland walk and then went into the house as it was closing up for the day, we had the benefit of having the place almost to ourselves, and once our children had dashed outside to expend yet more energy in the garden, and the other adults in our party followed them, I was left peacefully alone in the house with my camera.
It doesn’t matter if you are an artist with words or with a visual media, any place that inspires someone, will often inspire others… and alone in the house I felt that inspiration. Am I an avid ” Anne fan?” … No. Did I enjoy the books as I grew up reading them?, Yes….
Maybe it’s about learning to just “do” the thing that you’ve been meaning to do for ages but kept putting off… (like this blog has been for me for the past several years), or just just pausing to remember that often it’s the simple things in life that make our happiness, ( like my kids excitedly squealing with delight the whole day as they discovered new things all around the Green Gables house and the Avonlea Village)
Was I touched by the Green Gables House? …. in a very quiet subtle way that I couldn’t at first, quite put my finger on, I certainly was.