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Saturday, 20 August 2016

Return to Avonlea


I am Summer, come to lure you away from your computer... come dance on my fresh grass, dig your toes into my beaches. ~ Oriana Green



Hello dear blogging friends! That first quote sums up perfectly how I feel about summertime. I want to get out and savour the green grass beneath my feet and the warm sand between my toes. I love that picture of my son and daughter-in-law at the beach at sunset!



Spending a lot of time in front of the computer just doesn't appeal to me this time of year. I think if our summers were longer I might feel differently but they are so very short. Anyway, I am squeezing every moment of summertime into my days.


Hubby and I returned to Avonlea Village the other day. Last year when we went, we met up with friends we hadn't seen in a while. By the time we had stopped chatting a big chunk of the afternoon was gone and we didn't see the whole village. So we went back again this past week.


This is the train station where one passes through to enter the Village. If you recall, Matthew Cuthbert picked Anne up at the train station when she first arrived on Prince Edward Island.

You can purchase an ice cream cone at Cows or browse the Anne of Green Gables Store in the station. She is hard to see but standing by the street light is a statue of Anne.

Next door to that is the old school house where Lucy Maud Montgomery taught school in 1896-1897. There is still an old blackboard on the back wall.


Across the street is Anne of Green Gables Chocolates and next to that is a dress shop. This little village is like stepping back in time and I love all the sweet little houses!





There are times when we stop, we sit still. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper. ~ James Carroll



Hubby sat long enough for me to take his picture. He's a people person and a people watcher.

You never know what peace is until you walk on the shores or in the fields or along the winding red roads of Prince Edward Island in a summer twilight when the dew is falling and the old stars are peeping out and the sea keeps its mighty tryst with the little land it loves. You find your soul then. You realize that youth is not a vanished thing but something that dwells forever in the heart. ~ L M Montgomery 




The little building behind the lily pond is where they sell maple syrup. 

All in all, it was a never-to-be-forgotten summer - one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going - one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world. ~ L.M. Montgomery- 'Anne's House of Dreams' 




There were three lovely pink lilies blooming in the lily pond that day.

Do you suppose a frog prince lives in there?


All along the village boardwalk are benches and picnic tables set strategically about so you can just sit and enjoy the charm of the village or have a bite to eat from one of the numerous restaurants and cafes.

One can enjoy PEI lobster in this quaint little blue house.


Hubby was hankering for a potato in the robin egg blue coloured Red Island Baked Potato house but when we got inside, they had run out of potatoes so we went elsewhere for dinner. Apparently their baked potatoes are very popular. I was hoping try their butter chicken. Maybe next time.


Up the street to the right is the pizzeria where we had an amazing wood fired pizza last year.





Another cute place with a picket fence where they offer yet another type of menu. If you notice the smoke rising from the black stove to the right, they are cooking beef brisket in there.

Across the street from the Potato House is Samuel's where one can enjoy a cup of tea.


Next to that is this darling little church where LM Montgomery attended.  

If ever you visit the Island, Avonlea Village would be an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. Some of the buildings are actual buildings that our famous author of the Anne of Green Gables books, LM Montgomery, spent time in. 

Take a stroll down the walk and visit the many shops or choose a restaurant for a tasty Island treat.

I wasn't able to get a shot of every establishment because of the people that were walking about. The tourists were simply eating it all up but I think you can see what a charming little village this is in Cavendish, not far from Green Gables.

Enjoy your weekend friends and thank you for visiting. May God watch over you and keep you safe! 


I am sharing with these lovely parties:

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ http://strangersandpilgrimsonearth.blogspot.ca/
 Share Your Cup Thursday~ http://jannolson.blogspot.com/
 Home Sweet Home~ http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com/

 Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

24 comments :

  1. Lovely post. Visiting PEI is on my bucket list. I enjoyed your photos and quotes, too. ellen b.-The Happy Wonderer

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  2. Ohh how I love everything about this post. I was just cleaning our bookshelves downstairs yesterday when I saw our old "Anne Of Green Gables" tapes. It belonged to our two kids. They are both grown now but my daughter is still a big fan. Son Alex says he also enjoyed them. My mom in law went to Canada and loved seeing it all. Wish we could do that someday. Perhaps when we get a grandchild someday. Ohh the lobster place, the maple syrup and then stop at Samuel's for a cup a tea!! Perfect Sandy!! Thank you and may the Lord continue to bless you!

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  3. Hi Sandi, PEI has been on my travel dream list, but now it's getting closer to the top. What a lovely place! I have heard in past years that there wasn't that much to see, but it looks like a wonderful place. Thanks for sharing.
    Noreen

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  4. What a sweet village! I'd love to visit one day!

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  5. Hi Sandi,
    Thanks for the tour of this beautiful village. I can only dream of visiting there one day.

    hugs,
    Sissie

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  6. Dear Sandi:
    I am sending a link to this post to my friend in California. She teaches 5th grade and recently told me that Anne of Green Gables is the kids favorite every year. I want her to see your wonderful post.!!

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  7. I so enjoyed that little visit through this charming village.xx jeanette ann

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  8. Thank you for this lovely little stroll! What an enchanting place.

    Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

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  9. That was a lovely trip down Memory Lane. It has been quite some time since we visited Avonlea Village. What a lovely day you must have had!

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  10. For those of us who do not get to travel much, these blog posts are a joy. Thank you for taking us along on your travels. ~Heather

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  11. Oh Sandi, what a treat! Loved the tour. I have always said that someday I will visit PEI, so not sure when and if that will ever be but if so I will be visiting the Avonlea Village.
    Have a wonderful week! Oh and the sunset photo with your son and wife is just beautiful!
    gina

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  12. Thanks for the beautiful tour Sandi. I was there many many years ago. I must return one day.
    I agree, summers are too short here and I spend less time on the computer and more time outside before colder weather sets in.

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  13. What a beautiful post Sandi! I don't blame you for keeping off the computer with such delights as these to enjoy. How I wish I could take a stroll there, too. Maybe some day! Enjoy these last beautiful days of summer! xo Deborah

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  14. Oh MY ! You are so lucky to see such an enchanted place! Anne of Green Gables is my most favorite book of all times ! I love the whole storyline and the charm and imagination of it all! Thank you so much for sharing! Cindy

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  15. Thank you for the tour, Sandi! The charming Avonlea Village is definitely on my must-see list if I ever make it to your Island!

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  16. Oh, what a lovely post! I love all things Anne of Green Gables and seeing these pictures was just a pure delight....thank you for sharing them! After reading your post, I am just itching to get out my Anne books and watch the movies once again :)

    Wishing you a beautiful week ahead, Sandi! Many blessings!!

    ~Libby

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  17. Oh what a charming place. I'd love to visit. Adding to my list.
    Thanks for sharing this.
    Enjoy your week.

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  18. Sandi,
    O MY!! Be still my heart!! What a lovely and charming village!! The buildings are so pretty!! The ornaments that you commented on are not marked Avon so I doubt that they are...
    Thanks so much for all your visits!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  19. Sandi, I did miss this post and it was about one of my favorite places on earth. If I see nothing else in the rest of my life, I hope I get to Avonlea!. What a beautiful little village and I loved all your 'quotes' tucked in. Your pictures are so pretty too. Thank you for sharing this beautiful spot..Happy Tuesday..Judy

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  20. Sweet Sandi, it's been hard for me to spend much time on the computer as well. Summer flies by and building our shed has taken up a big chunk of time. Oh boy is this ever on my bucket list! Some of my friends and I have been talking about visiting the island next year. Would love to eat lobster and buy maple and look at all of the darling houses! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  21. Sandi, what a delightful post! I think PEI should go on my travel list and Avonlea! Maple syrup got my attention, too!

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  22. Oh that is wonderful. I loved these books when I was a girl.

    Mollyxxx

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  23. Sandi, Thanks so much for the tour of the village. I love Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. The buildings are lovely. Sylvia D.

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  24. I love it when you show off the island! Especially Anne's neck of the woods! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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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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