Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A Late Summer Evening in My Screen Porch with Anne of Green Gables

I have a 1920 (48th Impression or printing) edition of L.M. Montgomery’s
Anne of Green Gables, bought for a dollar at a yard sale during the town of Andes’
Community Day two Augusts ago.   The sewn binding is separated from the linen cover,
the pages--foxed with age spots and frayed along the edges--are soft as fabric.
It’s even more magical reading the story with an old copy.    My dream of having my own
little house in the country first began after I read this excellent novel as a child.

Asters and a sunset in August.

I privately call my loft ‘the east gable’, after Anne’s room at Green Gables,
her very first personal space in her whole life.   After my internet and farm chores were done
for the day, I went there to settle in my twee bed and down pillows with my doggies curled up
on either side of me to have a good re-read by the light of an antique lamp
of that most charming story.

But, the loft space gets very hot by the end of a summer afternoon, so I decided to make
a bed in my screen porch storage room.    It’s so tiny my cushions filled the whole thing!
I strung up white and pink lantern lights to read by.    They make the porch look like an
Oak Bluffs summer cottage .    I could feel the breeze coming across the mountainside,
rustling the firs, and hear the crickets, an owl, and most pleasantly of all my stream.

I’ve revered this book above other ‘important’ writers-- you know, usually those who write
sad tales with unhappy endings.    I did my thesis on Canadian writer Margaret Atwood,
and I wished so much Montgomery, also Canadian, was considered as important in academia.
It is a heart-warming tale of hope, with vividly drawn characters, and nature-centric prose as
delicious to drink as raspberry cordial.

In 1985, when I was going through a very difficult time, even Kevin Sullivan’s film adaptation
could transport me away from my problems.    I haven’t read all of Montgomery’s other
books so I can look forward to savoring them for the rest of my life!

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Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Sandy,
I can't tell you just how much I love this post. Anne is "surely" a girl close to all of our hearts. If Anne can do it, anyone can as well!

Beautiful twilight shots, my heart is happy, thanks for the reminder about Green Gables and of course, sweet Matthew... I had someone very much like him in my life that I greatly miss now.

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Lovely post. Anne is very dear to my heart, as our Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert.

Jackie said...

Oh Sandy! Such a lovely post. I loved the words and pages from the book.I could almost feel the breeze on the porch, hear the crickets and the water from the stream! I feel so calm now!
Thank you!


Sounds like the perfect mini vacation.
aka Junk Palace

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite books and movies! And your post was a beautiful tribute to it's talented authour.
I love the relationship between Anne and her grandfather figure, Matthew. And the way she said, "kindred spirits". The movie always makes me cry!
Thanks for reminding me of this literary treasure.

Jacqui said...

What a beautiful post, I enjoyed it so much, thank you

Boston Bee said...

One of my favorite movies and book as well. I worked in the Catskills for a bit and i know those Catskill sunsets well. Ahhhh....you have created such a cozy spot. ;)BB

Ozma of Odds said...

What a lovely way to spend the last waning hours of a day...
to read inspiring words, to sleep upon such beauty and then perhaps to ~
xo, Rosemary

Bella said...

Hi Sandy... Enchanting as always! Your new sleeping porch area is a dream in itself... I will have to spend an evening with Anne soon it has been a few years :-)

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

I have never read this book, but I just might.


cityfarmer said...

... you transported me right to the streamsside studio ... again!!

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Sandy ~
Ohhhh I could just live
in your cottage ~ it is
so peaceful and beautiful !


Stampinmama said...

Sandy thanks for such a lovely post--I know what a kindred spirit you are!!!

Prior said...

Sandy, beautiful images~ I love that series of stories. Lezlee

Susan said...

Oh I do LOVE Anne with an "e!" It is my favorite movie of all time! Thank you for your lovely post!

Vintage Rose Collection said...

A most favorite of mine as well. My parents lived on Cape Breton Island so taking day trips to PEI in the summer months was like being in a story book.
I've only seen the movie but now I want the book too.. You've reminded me of the poet's spirit in the book- wonderful quotes to add to my magazine..
Thanks Sandy for the magic!

Jocelyne's Tea Parties said...

Love it! Anne is an all time favorite of mine as well. I have not read the book but have watched the movies countless times. Your tribute makes me want to curl up in my reading chair and read the book. Thank you for such a beautiful post.

My Sweet Rose. said...

Hi Sandy,
What a beautiful post. I have loved 'Anne of Green Gables' for many years and often re read the book. Anne has so much hope!
I shall be introducing my lovely part Canadian grandaughter to Anne as soon as she is old enough hoping she too will be inspired.
Very best wishes,

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Sandy, your world that you have created so wisely, so beautifully and oh so PERFECT, is enough to lure us into this peaceful world. My loft bedroom is such a place to revel in white tulle and good books and who knows what else as I have tucked away art projects in my book cases...how important it is for some of us to create such a space so we can dream and create. Enjoy this fleeting summer season and be well! Anita

Nicole Tadgell said...


Esther said...

I have read all of L.M. Montgomery's novels and collections of short stories. I love the whole Anne series and reread them every year or when I need a bit of cheering up, although I cry everytime I read "Rilla of Ingleside".

Other books I like by her are Pat of Silver Bush/Mistress Pat and the Emily of New Moon series, although the latter seems to have a bit of a sad(?) thread running through it.

Your porch is the most idyllic place I could think of to indulge in a bit of Anne.

Anonymous said...

When I get my little writers cabin - I know where to get my inspiration!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Very sweet post with lovely vignettes to go with it!~Hugs, Patti

Ms. Robinson said...

ok, there you go again making me jealous.....

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

I can't tell you how many times I've read AOGG. The Sullivan version of the movie was also a godsend to me in the 80s.

Thank you for sharing those pretty pages and views of your spaces. ♥

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

What a beautiful place to relax! Love Anne of Green Gables - escaping into a great book is like a mini-vacation for me.

Lykken i Livet said...

Oh my God I love it!!! You live like a princess ;) I will for sure come back here. This was beyond everything of what I`ve seen on any blog before!!
Have youreself a wonderful day!
Kisses Marie form Norway :)

Madelief said...

Hi Sandy,

Such a lovely post! I only found out about L.M. Montgomery and the Anne books after the Sullivan film adaption. I read her books for my study and enjoyed them very much; the life on an island a long time ago, the romance of it all and the characters. Recently I saw the movies again with my fifteen year old daughter. It was good to see how she enjoyed them as well.

Your porch looks great!

Lieve groet, Madelief

elsamarianne said...

Anne is a classic and a favorite here, too.

Candylei said...

We love Anne, too. I think the sweetest picture is of your dogs up on that bed because I know you had to carry each one up the ladder. Cute!

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

Finding your lovely blog was a blessing....I saw it, somehow, on my Yahoo home page. I have put your link on my blog....

Just looking at your pictures brings a sense of peace....I have not read "Anne" in so long and now I am going to go and find my copy!
Sweet Blessings,

Cinderella Moments said...

My favorite book when I was young! Then I found Jane Austin. I loved the Disney mini series of Anne of Green Gables. The scenery was gorgeous and so complimenting to the book.

All Bliss Be Thine said...

Another lovely post! I so adore your beautiful studio. My girlfriend has told me for years I should read this book and see the movies so you have inspired me to take the time one weekend to relax and finally do so.
Pink hugs,
Vicki Pink Pearl Girl

Carolyn said...

Hello from another Anne of Green Gables fan way down under in New Zealand. They are beautiful books and LM Montgomery's other heroines are just as lovable...if you haven't read all her books then you have a great treat in store for you. And what a wonderful place you have made to do your reading....your studio is just gorgeous!!!

Lipstick Gypsy said...

I can NOT for one more minute stand to wait any longer!! There simply MUST be room for myself AND my 3 beloved dogs in all of the billowy comfort of your shabby oasis!!PLEASE,PLEASE...we will ALL behave and honor the serene that I can feel in the photos.I will wait for your invite,however,do be prompt!!Our(little)bags are packed,ready and they will MATCH the studio!!We will wear our best summer whites and meet you by the stream at dusk!


gail said...

Sandy-What beautiful words and the perfect setting in which to read them! I'm going to go out and get the book now. I never read it-so thanks for the inspiration!

Celia Harrison said...

Wow, what a beautiful blog. You have inspired me. Thank you.

Debbie~ said...

Your sweet post brought back such beautiful memories of this wonderful story! I don't think there is a girl alive, who hasn't been inspired by 'Anne'! Aren't we all 'Kindred Spirits'? Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

Tina said...

Hello Sandy, I'm so excited to find you.... and can't wait to read your blog but alas it is late and must go get some shut eye. Before I do though... I have to tell you I'm a tiny house person too, well almost. I'm in the middle of building a tiny house almost for free that will be my art studio.
The New York Times article was sent to me via Facebook and I have been dreaming of your loft ever since. How inspiring.... sweet dreams...


Sherry said...

Oh, bravo Sandy! I have a 38th printing of the first edition. It looks just like yours and I posted about that book and Anne on Aug. 10. She has touched a lot of us hasn't she. How wonderful your post is!


Love your photos too!

Victoria said...

Oh my goodness Sandy, nobody has ever made curling up and reading a book sound so delicious! I'm sure you've got us all fantasizing about lazing around on your porch!

I loved that book when I was little but never thought of reading it as an adult! I should though:)

My MIL was in NY visiting my BIL and she sent me a link to the NY Times article of your little cottage. I told her I was waaaaay ahead and had seen it weeks ago:) You're famous!

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

What a lovely and peaceful entry. Thank you so much, for transporting me there.

Gentle hugs...

Jacqueline said...

Ms. Sandy, you have sent an arrow straight to my Canadian heart! I honeymooned in PEI and have saved some great Polaroids taken at Green Gables.

PS What with Lipstick Gypsy and the pooches installed in the shed, I'm willing to pitch a tent ...

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Oh Anne, where are you when our world so needs you?

I love, love this book and especially love the old editions (mine has the same cover, but in aqua-green). Maine is so close to PEI, but I still haven't gone to visit. Next summer if possible.

This fall it is back to Beatrix Potter's sweet cottage in the Lake District. Heaven.

Thanks for this posting.

All joys to you,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

CHERI said...

You are just so, so blessed. Have a wonderful, relaxing weekend. Wish I was there:)

Tara said...

Oh I'm in love with the life of Anne.
Your pictures are gorgeous.
To be curled up on your porch reading, sounds like the perfect evening to me..xx

tales from an oc cottage said...

This is just the BEST post ever! Whenever I need to escape...I go to Green Gables {via DVD! ;} And I am so jealous of your book! I have "Anne of Avonlea" in that collection, but have had no luck in finding the others in the line! Thank you...I will be day dreaming of red dirt and the "White Way of Delight"!

m ^..^

Bohemian said...

How enchanting it would be to curl up in your comfy loft with a good book and surrounded by all that beauty!!! Thank you for taking us there... in our imaginations.

Dawn... The Bohemian

Anonymous said...

Sweet Sandy,
This was heavenly to read. I am so happy for you!!!
Thank you for your sweet visit. I know how very busy you are - I was touched that you could find the time to say 'Hello'.

fairmaiden said...

This is such a dreamy post...you are definetly a kindred spirit...for I like to set up pretty spaces to read, listen, and dream in. This is one of my most favorite stories. I've been longing to watch the movies all summer but our three sets of the series are in video...we no longer have a vcr. So I will have to save my pennies to purchase them in dvd. sigh.
I just noticed your sweet lil maltese is named Belle. Mine is named Bella Bleu.

A rootdigger said...

Can I move in. Fantastic. Is it timeless, I think so.

Maud Montgomery, Her other books are online,I read sequels last month.

As for annie of Green Gables, I think, one of my favorite scenes is the one with that huge window with yellow drapes.

Ellen said...

Hi Sandy,

Just found your site today. What an amazing pictures you have!!! I have fallen in love with them. I have send you a message, hope you get back soon.

Greetings from Holland

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

These photos are so beautiful! thank you for sharing. i'm a new follower!

In the Hammock Vintage


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