Thursday, August 21, 2014

Vacation Post: Green Gables

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This evening, I read a lovely piece in the New York Times travel section on Green Gables and it woke me from my blog slumber.

I have been meaning to share a few photos from our Atlantic Canada family vacation.  When I was 11 or so, my family visited Prince Edward Island. I read the Anne books when I was 10 and a huge fan.   The girls have not yet read the original stories, but  they do love the dramatic series with Meghan Follows so when an opportunity presented to visit the Maritimes at the beginning of August, I made sure we included a visit to Green Gables Heritage Place.

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Above: Lover’s Lane

“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. It was the way by which the cows were taken to the back pasture and the wood hauled home in winter. Anne had named it Lover's Lane before she had been a month at Green Gables.”  Anne of Green Gables

To reach the PEI, we drove from Nova Scotia up to Nova Scotia to the Confederation Bridge. When you reach PEI  there is a visitor centre called the “Gateway Village” and there is a shop that has Anne complete costumes for all sizes (just 3$ per person and you can take as many photos on your own camera or cameras as you wish to take). This is one of our family photos. 

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Over the years, I have acquired a number of Green Gables post cards. Below is my first one from c.1982. I was able to pick up a few more at the Gateway Village shops. 

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On my PEI flickr album, I have posted a number interior photos of Green Gables, so I will just post one of the sewing room.

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The shops at the Gateway Village also had some Anne editions for early readers.  We picked up these two versions.

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Prince Edward Island is absolutely beautiful.  The island is famous for its red sand.   This is photo was taken at the seaside village of Victoria-by-the-sea at low tide. The beach was treasure trove for the shell collector.

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PEI is also famous for its Cows ice cream, some say it is the “world’s best”. I am not sure about that distinction (my family preferred Nova Scotia’s Farmer’s Dairy ice cream), but Cows certainly has cornered the merchandising - I thought the Cowtown Abbey shirt was pretty clever.

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At Cows, you can also pick up a six pack of Anne’s infamous raspberry cordial.

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We had a wonderful and memorable visit.  If you haven’t had a chance to visit PEI, I highly recommend it.

I hope you are enjoying your summer,

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

BrickFete 2014 {Lego Fan Expo}

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I thought I would pop in and share a few photos from this weekend’s BrickFete - a Lego fan event in Toronto showcasing custom Lego builds. 
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A clever drive-in theatre, below. 
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Hope’s favourite part of the show was the free build brick table. 
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I loved this house based on the movie Up.
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There were a number of the builds based on Canadian scenes.
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And of course, there were plenty of builds for the Star Wars enthusiast.
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I hope you are enjoying the summer,  I intend to resume more regular posting and blog reading later this summer after work deadlines ease up.
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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Butterfly Release 2014

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For the last three weeks we have witnessed the metamorphosis.

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This morning, we celebrated with a butterfly release.

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{This year’s caterpillars came from Lucy’s Butterfly Farm}

Have a wonderful weekend!

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