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Monday, 19 August 2013

Anne of Green Gables Tea


"Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world." ~ LM Montgomery - "Anne of Green Gables"




Welcome to my Anne of Green Gables Tea, my dear kindred friends! I am so happy you have joined me today!

Tucked away on a little island on the east coast of Canada is a charming place called Green Gables.


It is not a figment of her imagination, but a real place, which our famous author Lucy Maud Montgomery brought to life in her stories, Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, among others. 

LM Montgomery's redheaded heroine, although she is a fictional character, is famous the world over and she brings to Prince Edward Island thousands of tourists every year.

Anne courtesy of the Internet

Anne's imaginative spirit delights both young and old alike and the dear old farm house and pastoral grounds are open to the public so one can follow in her footsteps should you visit Cavendish, PEI.

This is a view of the back of Green Gables. The handsome gentleman sitting in the old carriage is my hubby.





"The window of my dear old room opens on a world of wonder and beauty. Winds drift by with clover scent in their breath, the rustle of leaves comes up from the poplars, and birds flit low in joyous vagrance." ~ LLM



One can take a tour through Green Gables and imagine where Anne and her beloved  Matthew and Marilla lived.

In the kitchen is a wonderful hutch filled with dishes.



The old cook stove. 



Notice the many irons sitting on the side shelf in the pantry.


This is Anne's room.



After you visit the house you might want to take a stroll through the Haunted Wood and Lover's Lane, actual places which LM Montgomery made famous in her novels.

This is the view of Green Gables from the Haunted Wood.





"Lover's Lane opened out below the orchard at Green Gables and stretched far up into the woods to the end of the Cuthbert farm.
''Not that lovers ever really walk there," she explained to Marilla, "but Diana and I are reading a perfectly magnificent book and there's a Lover's Lane in it. So we want one, too. And it's a very pretty name, don't you think? So romantic! We can't imagine the lovers into it, you know. I like that lane because you can think out loud there without people calling you crazy." " ~ LM Montgomery - "Anne of Green Gables"

This couple was walking ahead of us and I took their picture.

As one walks the paths through these wooded areas, one can almost hear the giggles of Anne and her bosom friend Diana as they romped about and dreamed their girlhood dreams.

Now, how about a nice cup of tea? Anne and I have been expecting you.



My Anne doll was the last Christmas present my father ever gifted me with and I treasure her. Her red hair is braided and she wears her straw hat, a sweet pinafore, pantaloons, and black shoes.



Tea is being served in my new Johnson Bros. Old Britain Castles teacups which I found while visiting in New Brunswick.


I was happy to add some blue and white to my collection! 



I also found these sweet red transferware plates early in the Summer. There is no marking on the backs but I love them. The white plates beneath them I also found and they are Mikasa called French Countryside. I love how you can mix and match red and blue transferware!  I'm sure Anne would approve!




"I can just imagine myself sitting down at the head of the table and pouring out the tea," said Anne, shutting her eyes ecstatically. "And asking Diana if she takes sugar! I know she doesn't but of course I'll ask her as if I didn't know." ~ LM Montgomery - "Anne of Green Gables"


I was going to gather some Queen Anne's Lace for a bouquet but my sweet hubby surprised me with this pretty red, white, blue, and yellow bouquet. He had no idea it would be perfect for my Anne tea today. It picks up on all the colours of the transferware!


 
I have Summer Raspberry tea in the teapot.




It is a black tea with hibiscus and natural raspberry flavour which I found at Anne of Green Gables Chocolates, Avonlea Village, PEI.

 
The blue plate is Blue Willow made by Churchill.



Would you care for a sandwich? I have made chicken salad stuffed croissants.



And egg salad on homemade white bread.



For your sweet tooth, there is ice cream and strawberries.




I had planned to make Plum Puffs for our Tea today but, alas, I had another little accident on the weekend so I thought Anne's favourite strawberries and ice cream would be just as welcome.



"This day's done and there's a new one coming tomorrow, with no mistakes in it, as you used to say yourself. Just come downstairs and have your supper. You'll see if a good cup of tea and those plum puffs I made today won't hearten you up." ~ Marilla to Anne in "Anne of Green Gables" - LM Montgomery


The pink depression glass pitcher holds Raspberry Cordial.



Says Anne, "I just love bright red drinks." ~ Anne Shirley

Raspberry Cordial is made and bottled here on PEI. Would you like to try some?



Mark Twain once said of Anne Shirley, "...the most moving and delightful child of fiction since the immortal Alice."  



Anne of Green Gables takes you back to a simpler time; a time when manners were still in fashion and every meal laid out on the table was homemade.

Life was more about community in those days where neighbour helped neighbour.
It was a time when a wedding or the birth of a new baby brought the whole town together. There was cause for great joy and the occasion was indeed celebrated with plenty of good food and good wishes. 

Those were also the days when church was the center of the community and most everyone turned out on a Sunday to worship and have fellowship.

The church below is the Presbyterian Church {now United} in which LM Montgomery's husband, Rev. Ewan Macdonald, served as pastor in Cavendish, PEI. 


"Some people go through life trying to find out what the world holds for them only to find out too late that it's what they bring to the world that really counts." ~ LM Montgomery - "Anne of Green Gables"

Yes, those were the days! I do enjoy our author Lucy Maud Montgomery's endearing stories which transport us back to another time and place.

Have you read the Anne books? If you haven't, then I strongly recommend you do. They make for delightful reading.
Anne of Green Gables was first published in 1908 so the author had first hand knowledge of that day. 

There is a small museum on the grounds of Green Gables which houses many artifacts from Montgomery's life. Below is a favourite teapot and teacup of the author's.



This is the typewriter on which she used to type her lovely stories. 



I have many other pictures but it would make this post too long. I hope you have enjoyed those which I have shared with you.

"'God's in His heaven, all's right with the world,' whispered Anne softly." ~ LM Montgomery- "Anne of Green Gables"





Anne and her bosom friend Diana courtesy of the Internet


Thank you, my dear bloggy friends, for coming to tea today. It's always such a pleasure to have you join me.


NOTE~ Your post this week does not have to be about Anne but anything you would like to share with us. Please link up your favourite tea things, coffee mugs, teascape or tablescape.



If you wish, you may do coffee instead of tea or any of the following is acceptable: Hot chocolate, hot apple cider, lemonade, Iced tea or iced coffee, or punch in a lovely bowl.
 

"It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
And to sing praises to Thy name, O Most High;
To declare Thy lovingkindness in the morning,
And Thy faithfulness by night." ~ Psalm 92:1-2


I am joining the following parties as well~

Inspire Me Tuesday ~ http://www.astrollthrulife.net/
A Return to Loveliness ~ http://www.adelightsomelife.com/
Tea Cup Tuesday ~ http://www.marthasfavorites.com/
Tuesday Cuppa Tea~ http://www.antiquesandteacups.info/
Tea In The Garden ~ http://blog.bernideens.com/
What's It Wednesday ~ http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com/
Share Your Cup Thursday~ http://jannolson.blogspot.com/
 Home Sweet Home ~ http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com/

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

41 comments :

  1. Good Morning Sandi!So lovely to spend a few minutes with Anne and Sandi for morning Tea.I love Your tea quotes and the sweet tour.I so enjoyed :)

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  2. I would very much like to visit this museum. I did read Anne of Green Gables last year after I read one of your posts about her. I saw an adaptation on tv when I was a child, so I knew a little about her. I must carry on and read the rest of the books. I do enjoy reading about those simpler times.

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  3. Dear Sandi,
    I have been looking forward to your tea and plan to share it with other Anne fans. It was so informative and fun to see the pictures of her home and remember reading the books. I love your tea and your transfer ware dishes. Thank you, hubby for the flowers. :)
    Wish that Raspberry Cordial was available elsewhere. Well, maybe someday I will get to visit.
    Really enjoyed it. Have a lovely day, Ruthie

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  4. Hi Sandy!
    I have been so MIA. But when i saw your title i knew i had to take a few minutes to sit and enjoy your beautiful post.

    I was introduced to Anne almost 30 years ago. Watched every single show on PBS...got the books, read every single one and then when she came out on VCRs i snagged them up. Whan an endearing creature she was! I totally loved your tour of her home...she almost seems like a real person...not a character in a book.

    As always, your tea looks so delightful and inviting. I so wish i lived close so we could sit, eat and chat. Hope you are well.

    Be blessed,
    Lorena

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  5. Hi Sandi,
    I just love your post today. It makes me want to visit P.E.I. and see Anne's home. Thank you for hosting such a fun tea time. Your transferware is beautiful! Hope you have a wonderful week! Take care,
    Karen

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  6. Hi Sandi, I always enjoy your special Anne of Green Gables Tea parties. And I am ashamed to admit I've never read an Anne book! I know. Bad eh? We've been on holidays this month so am just getting back to blogging and visiting. I hope to do a tea post one day soon as it's been a while. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Pam

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  7. Thank you for the tour!! We visited PEI back in 2006...The house was closed when we visited...so it was great to see inside!!

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  8. This post is FABULOUS, yes, I am shouting. I like this tour of Anne's home, the church, your adorable Anne doll and your tea party. I want to visit and have that tea with you but I live on the opposite coast, in Califoria. I recently rediscovered Anne and it is one of my all time favorite books.

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  9. Hi Sandi,

    Such a beautiful present your father gave you! What a pretty doll.

    I enjoyed your post about Anne. I saw the tv series years ago. It is still one of my favourites!

    Madelief x

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  10. Fond memories of touring Green Gables Sandi and being a gardener, I found the kitchen garden very interesting when we were there.
    At least I brought a mug home; oh, and chunks of the red clay since it is so neat looking compared to the brown clay we have.
    I hope we can come back for another visit some day.
    Judith

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  11. Dear Sandi,

    I so love your Anne of Green Gables post. It is so informative and lovely prepared. Everything is with care and love done. I really enjoyed it. And I will have a look for the book in German.

    I hope your latest accident didn't harm you seriously????? I wish you the very best.Thank you for sharing and hosting this sweet event.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  12. Dear Sandi,

    I so love your Anne of Green Gables post. It is so informative and lovely prepared. Everything is with care and love done. I really enjoyed it. And I will have a look for the book in German.

    I hope your latest accident didn't harm you seriously????? I wish you the very best.Thank you for sharing and hosting this sweet event.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  13. Wonderful photos of Green Gables! Your new cups are lovely, and the teatime eats look so scrumptious!

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  14. Anne of Green Gables has always been one of my favorites. What a treasure to have an Anne doll from your father.

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  15. Visiting from Miss Celia's High Heeled Life. Loved your post. I first learned about kindred spirits watching the PBS special Anne of Green Gables (which was the first time I ever heard of the story). What a good trip down memory lane today - thank you!

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  16. I am so enjoying the posts for this event. I'm a huge fan and wish I had taken part. I have a pretty doll that I dressed up like Anne girl! I would love to visit PEI some day!

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  17. Our trip as a family to Green Gables was one of the most wonderful times we've had. We loved it all. I have some beautiful photos from there and I treasure them. I love your tea-pot today and of course, your blue and white. Hugs, Deb

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  18. Beautiful post and photos ! My mum went to see this wonderful place Anna of Green Gables before she passed . Something she had always wanted to do and that she did ! My mum also had the old English cottage printed plate set in royal blue and white ! Your blog is wonderful ! I was sent here from Deb of Welcome To Just Cats . I collect English cottage style tea pots and am starting to collect old style English tea cups and saucers . Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

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  19. Just have to say those two tea pots are stunning. Lovely post. Beautiful table, as expected from you. Thank you so much for sharing. Blessings, Martha

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  20. I am now a follower and a fellow Canadian from Southwestern Ontario at Our Country Cove Crew blog . I am looking forward to more of your lovely posts and photos !

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  21. Hello Sandi, Completely delightful post - I just LOVE Anne of Green Gables - would dearly love to visit! I am so glad you shared this with us - I do appreciate you hosting and sharing,
    Hugs,
    Kathy

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  22. Sandi, that was wonderful! I felt like I was there! That is my dream to one day visit the island! My neighbor is going there in the next couple of weeks, I'm so jealous! I told her I wanted to come too! They have a huge camper and are going out and about for 9 weeks!!
    I really like your photos, the quotes, the history and the raspberry cordial! That has to be one of the funniest parts in the movie!
    I have read the books, I even have an original 1908 book.
    Thanks again for hosting, sorry I didn't do anything Anneish, I just couldn't get it together.
    Gina

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  23. HI. I'm your news follower. Thought I'd joined the ranks months ago! Sharing this post with my daughter who loves the Anne series

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  24. hello
    quelle superbe visite
    je ne connais pas cet auteur
    mais il reste à découvrir
    merci infiniment de ce partage
    c'était un régal pour les yeux
    et les papilles
    tendresse
    edith (iris) France

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  25. Oooo...what a delight to visit you and take some tea with you and Anne Shirley.

    L.M.Montgomery has been a favourite for years and I like all things Anne.

    The quote about kindred spirits not being as scarce as first thought is one I love too. I find its message so true here in blogland. I've met many kindred spirits.



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  26. Oh wow, this museum evoking an era long gone, with fine memories of yesteryear, when things where beautiful and simple. Beautiful post. Thank you for the lovely party dear Sandi. Big hugs,
    FABBY

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  27. Hi Sandi,
    Hope your are feeling better. I haven't got any Anne things to share today but, I had to come by and read your post. I just love Anne and I love to see her delightful home. Thank you for hosting and for joining Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  28. What a lovely Anne of Green Gables tea you have set for us! Yes, I would love one of your sandwiches. Loved the tour of the house and woods, too. I read every single one of the Anne books and was sad that the story had reached it's conclusion. Also enjoyed the series that they made for tv.

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  29. I enjoyed my visit here today and learned many new things I had not known about Anne. I have not read the books but loved the series on PBS.

    Green Gables and all of PEI are beautiful, and Anne's imagination ( via LM Montgomery )could not have found a more perfect place to flourish.

    Your last present from your father is precious, especially since he knew the doll would be loved and cherished by you.

    Thank-you for this sweet and lovely tea-time post.

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  30. The Anne books, and in fact all of Lucy Maud Montgomery's books, are among my very favorites, so I really enjoyed all the pictures in your post today. (I've never seen the movies, not wanting to spoil the pictures in my mind from reading the books!) Your tea setting is lovely and oh, I want to taste that Raspberry Cordial. PEI is way up at the top of my "bucket list" of places to visit, so maybe one day I can taste it there.

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  31. Oh Sandi, I do hope you can continue your lovely teas when we all get to heaven so I can attend one! I know there will be a long line to get in! You have such a gift for making one feel calm serene and peaceful! Thank you for enriching my life with your blog. I share your love for Anne and her life in books.

    Thank you sweet friend,
    Linda at The French Hens Nest

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  32. Oh what a joyous and wonderful teatime, Sandi- you have done such a nice job sharing this special Anne and her author L.M. Montgomery.....keeping her memory alive in such a sweet fashion.

    I had SUCH hopes to join you in this fun, but alas life has been crazy busy lately....joining in spirit.

    Your tea was so very lovely!

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  33. Hi, what a beautiful post that was! Thanks so much for that lovely tea. I love the doll you have and table setting was so pretty. Thanks also for the tour of Anne of Green Gables. I saw it on Share You Cup!
    Julie from julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

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  34. Well wasn't that the sweetest tour ever! We will have to put that on our "must see" lists ~ what a thrill that had to be :) LOVE the transferware as well...our FAVORITE thing...we've got a lot of those patterns ~ just can't help ourselves!!

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  35. What a delight! One of my favorite childhood books brought to life! The photos, tea and treats and quotes were just wonderful
    A visit to PEI is on my must-do someday list!

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  36. Sandi, Your Anne is so cute and I loved the tour. I hope to get there and see it some day. PEI has been on my list of 'must see' places for quite some time! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  37. hello Sandi- Ahhh, what a lovely post filled with Anne's quotes...a breath of fresh air. Someday I hope to go to PEI. Thanks for sharing the pics of the teapot and typewriter used by the author. Enjoy the end of August.
    Shawn

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  38. Thanks so much for the Anne post, one of my favorite books. You gave such lovely pictures and great information.
    Now I'm dying for a raspberry cordial!
    LOL
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  39. Thanks for sharing..
    the teaset is so beautiful.
    I want to own it..

    Pu-erh

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I am delighted to have you visit me and I read every comment. Please forgive me for not being able to visit you all as there are so many of you lovely bloggy friends now. I will visit as much as possible. I wish you a day filled with JOY! ~ Sandi

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