Well friends, I am sure I have shared this quote before in Octobers past but I couldn't resist sharing it once more. You can find this and lots of other beautiful autumn inspirations on my Autum Love Pinterest board.
Anne of Green Gables was one of my favourite stories growing up and I spent many a summer on Prince Edward Island. Wonderful relatives owned the Anne of Green Gables Museum at Park Corner and my ex's Grandmother grew up with Lucy Maud Montgomery.
Georgie always had lots of fun tales to tell and songs to sing and was the best story teller I have every met. The first time I visited PEI was in October when I was living in Halifax going to school at Dalhousie. Georgie welcomed us in their old house in Kensington where we spent a weekend. The huge trees all around were in full colour and absolutely stunning. It was easy to see why L.M. loved Octobers on the island, it looked so much like the PEI in the Anne of Green Gables movies.
Here is a really sweet interview of Georgie speaking of her Aunt Maude despite the terrible title of the clip. She was living in the nursing home when this was filmed in their cozy little room, and you even see ole Brucey boy come in at one point. They have both sadly since passed but I am grateful to have found this to share with the boys who loved them both so much.
The rest of my years visiting, it was always in the summer. I have lots of great memories of long days at the beach and fun times with a cottage full of family. At Park Corner we played and took the horse and buggy past the Lake of Shining Waters, through the fields and dunes down to the shore.
That first visit to PEI Georgie had the same dishes as my Grandma when I was young. I always loved looking at them and making up stories. The pattern is Romantic England by J&G Meakin from England and they are really resilient ironstone. She gave me a nappie from her set to take with me, this is the pattern.
When they sold the house years later she gave me what was left of her set and since I have been collecting it when I see it and we use it everyday. Seeing it brings back memories of my firecracker of a Babcia (Grandma in Polish) and Georgie. The two of them would have made a fabulous team had they ever met. It reminds me to be strong and to cook and bake for my family with love like they did. I really have no need for fancy china or the trendy new dinnerware because my hodgepodge of iron stone has a special place in my heart.
The maple trees around my new little green house in town have yet to turn, yet autumn is definitely in the air this October 1st. I am getting over a rotten sinus infection that set me back almost a week and looking forward to lots of days out enjoying the fall air and sunshine.
If you are interested in Prince Edward Island and would like to peruse my posts from visits over the years there are a few below. Since 1994 we went every second year in the summer...
Yummy Beer and Superman (our 2012 adventures)
Live (our 2010 adventures)
Apres Holiday recovery (2008 with lots of photographs)
Enjoy October and crisp fall, orchard visits, walks, apple cider and pumpkin spice lattes friends. Now that I am moved and on the mend I will try and catch up with writing here.