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.
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.
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.
It was harvest time on PEI.
She stayed with friends on the coast of PEI’s King’s county.
Of course, Polly felt right at home at Green Gables.
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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I hope you enjoyed the island .if you ever return contact me there are a few sites I know you would love
Thanks, Maria, for the encouragement to return!
I always enjoy your posts Sally. You are so talented and creative.
Thank you Salley. I love how Polly goes on vacation and takes us with her.
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!
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.
Yes, Jean, we saw bus loads of Japanese visitors at the play and Green Gables.
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.
I think this is the BEST trip you and Polly have had to date—what a spunky girl herself!
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!
I am enchanted by the wee little hat you made with your own hands!
Thank you for these delightful adventures.
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!
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.
Thanks for sharing your enjoyment.
That was so cute! Thanks for sharing Polly dressed as Anne. So glad you got to become acquainted with the stories. They’re GREAT!
I love Anne of Green Gables so much and also only read it for the first time last year. Your Polly as Anne looks marvelous in her new outfit! What a lovely trip for you both !
The photos of Polly and her travels are wonderful! We visited PEI in 1992 and loved it! Thanks for bringing back some memories.
Glad Polly had a great time! She certainly did look right at home. It’s a beautiful place!
Anne is one of my heroines too!
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.