Monday, August 31, 2009

Sunday August 30
I arrived here on Prince Edward Island in Cavendish, home of Anne of Green Gables, around 2 p.m. I’m staying at the National Park, which is right on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. From my trailer, I can here the surf. The waves are quite big because of Danny and an evening walk along the beach sounded like a roar.

There are many “Anne” and Lucy Maud Montgomery attractions, and I’m trying to decide which ones are worthy. Tomorrow is my day to be Anne of Green Gables. I have three full days to be here, and I plan to just relax part of the time. It is supposed to be sunny and 70 degrees most of the week. Perfect!

Here are pictures of Hopewell Rocks at low tide, walking ont the ocean floor and medium tide with water all around. I missed the highest tide. Here also, are the stairs I carried Tucker and Abbie up and down.

Monday, August 31

What a beautiful day! The temperature was in the 60’s and cloudy then sunny in the afternoon. The wind from Danny has died down, and all is good. Today, I was Anne Shirley and toured all of the Green Gables places – museum, birthplace of Lucy Maud Montgomery, Green Gables and Avonlea. It was great fun. Then I went to PEI Preserves Company and talked with the owner to get his story of how he started the company straight so I could retell it:

Bruce Monaghan had closed a failed restaurant venture and was “down and out”. He had a large order of strawberries that had been delivered that day and knew he should do something with them to try to recoup his loss. He remembered that his mom had made preserves, so he called her and got the recipe. He borrowed his friend’s restaurant kitchen, since his had been locked. While cooking, his friend, drunk on champagne strolled through and handed him a big glass to drink. Not being a drinking man, but not wanting to waste the champagne, his poured the whole large glass into the vat of strawberries. When he canned and sold the preserves, everyone said they were “outstanding” and thus was born his company. He is still there every day and I first met him when he greeted the bus from the cruise ship I was on with Dad last fall. What a great guy! And he looked quite nice in his kilt!

Also, here are some pictures of the countryside and a Garden of Hope nearby. See why I came here? It reminds me of Scotland – (Nova Scotia!)

Tomorrow, I’ll got to Rustico Harbor and wander around and then go hiking on some trails with the pups. Tomorrow night is Anne and Gilbert – The Musical in Summerside, about a half hour away. I’ll probably eat some scallops before the play.

This island is a little piece of heaven on earth.

Blogspot is not letting me post photos today, so I'll try again tomorrow!

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