Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Home of Lucy Maud Montgomery

Daytripping again yesterday, I set out with no plans but to drive north on the back roads.  Just north of Uxbridge Ontario, I discovered the small community of Leaksdale.  I stopped to visit the home of Lucy Maud Montgomery where she lived for 15 years after she married and where she wrote 11 of her novels.  I had always assumed she wrote them all in Prince Edward Island where she was born and grew up.  As you can see, the house is not in very good repair but it is undergoing restoration.  Across and down the street a little, is the church her husband pastored.  It now hosts occasional weddings--how romantic-- and it has a gift shop. 

My grandmother introduced me to Anne of Green Gables when I was a young girl.  She brought the first book out one afternoon when I was visiting and told me a little about it--a teaser to whet my appetite.  I took it home and loved it, actually, I think I began to read it while I was still at her house.  She had the complete series and she shared them with me one at a time.  We talked about each book when I returned it and then she gave me the next one.  

This fond memory of my grandmother is bringing more of them back to me.  Good feelings here!

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