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adventures in PEI

We visited Prince Edward Island for a long weekend in the middle of August and had so much fun exploring the quaint little island province. Here’s a photo journey through some of the highlights of our trip!

watching the Gold Cup Parade in Charlottetown

visiting Green Gables!

a cute drawing we found in the barn at Green Gables

delicious raspberry cordial

sand dunes at PEI National Park

a charming little lighthouse in the village of Victoria

jumping into a tidal stream that feeds into the ocean at Basin Head Beach

sand bars and warm water at Basin Head Beach

Not pictured: fun in Cavendish, including riding down a huge slide in a potato sack and driving bumper cars (both at Sandspit), and a round of challenging mini golf at Mariner’s Cove.

what i’ve been reading (summer edition)

In preparation for our upcoming trip to Prince Edward Island, I re-read L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series (through Anne of Ingleside). I first read these treasured books when I was about eleven, and this was my first time revisiting Anne and friends as an adult (other than the occasional viewing of the classic CBC movie from the 80s). While I remember loving reading about imaginative, romantic Anne’s humorous scrapes and coming of age, re-reading the books now makes me wonder if Anne was more of a role model for me than I realized. I’ve mentioned before that these books were a non-negligible factor in my decision to move to Nova Scotia. But upon reflection, my focus on education, engagement ring preferences, wedding location, and house of dreams by the ocean all may have been influenced by subconscious impressions left by an enthusiastic childhood reading of these books.

The buzz about the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter movie reminded me that I had been meaning to get around to reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies for several years. I finally read it, and thought it was a lot of fun. It was basically all of the joy one expects from re-reading Pride and Prejudice, with occasional zombie silliness sprinkled in. There are amusing illustrations, too!

Next up was Daisy Miller, a novella by Henry James. This book was referred to many times in Reading Lolita in Tehran, and I tried several times to borrow it from the library, but it was always out. This situation led me to the unfortunate attempt at reading The Wings of the Dove (just watch the movie on Netflix). In contrast, Daisy Miller (which I finally got a free version of for my Kindle) was eminently readable – it was one of James’ earlier works. I found this story to be a captivating analysis of a traveling young American woman’s personality and the response of genteel European and expat society to her.

Now I’m reading The Cat’s Table, by Michael Ondaatje. I decided to read this book because a couple of people had mentioned that he is a great writer, and John Irving recently posted on Facebook that he thinks this book is a “really outstanding novel.” I’ve enjoyed enough of John Irving’s novels for his opinion on that topic to carry some weight.

weekly photo challenge: hope

When I think about hope, I think of a bright shiny new day dawning. As Anne Shirley pointed out, “isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”

I know I post a lot of sunrise photos, but if you lived where I live (and your partner was usually awake at sunrise), you might have a large collection of sunrise photos, too! This one is a little blurry, but I kind of like that – it makes it feel more like a painting.

the anne factor

The Daily Post at WordPress prompted me to name a book that changed my life. There are many books that have taught me something or given me a new perspective on the world. But there is one book that truly stands out – it that has brought me to where I am today, quite literally.


Anne of Green Gables. I think I saw the movie before I read the book, but I absolutely treasured the entire series of books, and have gone back to watch the movie many times as well. Anne and her wholesome shenanigans, enchantment with literature, and love/hate relationship with Gilbert captured my imagination. And who could resist falling in love with Prince Edward Island after seeing it through Anne’s eyes? Anne was born in Nova Scotia and didn’t have such lovely experiences here as she did in PEI, but these books gave me warm and fuzzy feelings about all of the Canadian Maritimes. So when Jeff asked me what I thought about him applying for a job in Halifax, even though it’s a bit farther from my family than I would typically have considered, I said go for it. And when he came here and thought the job looked good, we decided to move here, at least in part because of the “Anne Factor.”