Polly in PEI

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About a week before we drove up to Prince Edward Island, I remembered that Polly would need a new outfit for the trip. At first, I was blind to the obvious, but within a few minutes, her new persona became as clear as day.  With her red braids, there was only one choice — Anne of Green Gables! So, I quickly made her a pinafore and straw hat.

I must admit that I hadn’t read L.M. Montgomery‘s books until fairly recently. If I’d had daughters and/or a TV in our home, I probably would have read the stories to them and watched the PBS series. But, the wonderfully written books were enough to make my middle-aged self fall in love with the spunky character of Anne Shirley.

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Polly loved the PEI coast, with its red sand. She compared antique tractors, horse teams and geese at the Dundas Plowing Match, a local agricultural fair.

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She had dinner at Mavor’s in Charlottetown and learned about my cousin, the restaurant’s name sake, Mavor Moore, who was a well know Canadian writer, producer, actor, public servant, critic, and educator.

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It was harvest time on PEI.

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She stayed with friends on the coast of PEI’s King’s county.

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Of course, Polly felt right at home at Green Gables.

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Polly spent her last evening in Canada in the garden behind the Rossmount Inn in St. Andrews. It was a great trip to a beautiful part of the world!

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21 thoughts on “Polly in PEI

  1. I’ve loved all the LMM stories about Anne and PEI for decades. One of those places in the world I hope to visit one day.

    Polly looks right at home, and her crisp white apron is perfect for her!

    warmly,

    Beth

  2. WHEN BILL AND I WERE THERE YEARS AGO WENT TO THE MUSICAL PLAY ABOUT ANN, AND AT THAT TIME THERE WERE MANY JR AND SENIOR HIGH YOUNG LADIES FROM JAPAN ,AS ANN IS REQURIED READING FOR THAT AGE IN JAPAN. THE GALS (FROM JAPAN) EVEN MADE AND BOUGHT WIGS WITH RED BRAIDS ATTACHED.

  3. Oh if I had but a fingernail size of your talent and imagination.. I would kneel and thank Our Creator. You Awe me in everything you do Salley.

  4. Salley, how darling! I just shared this with my friend, who I am visiting in Norway. She also loved Anne of Green Gables! And, your doll!

  5. Polly is utterly enchanting, and I am so pleased that you have discovered Anne of Green Gables. It’s never to late to fall in love with Anne Shirley. Also check out her book: The Story Girl. How wonderful that you are related to Mavor Moore!

  6. Hi Salley,
    I really enjoyed reading this post especially because 44 years ago on Sept 2, my husband and I were married and we spent drove up from CT to PEI for our honeymoon. I loved the Anne of Green Gables house best of all and was so excited to see it again with your little Polly. She’s beautiful and it looked like she had a wonderful time up there!!
    Your photos are beautiful, and your artistry is beyond words. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  7. Sounds like a lovely vacation! I’ve always wanted to go to PEI – I started reading the books in the 1980’s when I was a teacher and enjoyed them so. I must say, I would love to see the pictures of YOU taking some of the pictures. I am assuming that you were lying on the ground…Anne is a lucky girl to have such a devoted friend.

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