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The Cavendish Cemetery, on the southwest corner of the intersection of routes 6 and 13, is famous around the world as the place where Lucy Maud Montgomery rests in eternal peace. Alongside her are buried many of her relatives, including her mother and her maternal grandparents, MacNeills all. A sign at the entrance asks visits not to leave artificial flowers.

Approaching Cavendish Cemetery #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #cavendishcemetery #latergram


Graves of MacNeills #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #cavendishcemetery #lmmontgomery #macneill #grave #latergram


Entrance #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #cavendishcemetery #lmmontgomery #latergram
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The Haunted Woods Trail is one of the major trails extending from the Green Gables house. This one extends east, into a patch of second-growth forest that has grown up on farmland abandoned since the National Park's creation in the early 20th century, on lands that--we are told, by signposts--are marked by the historic presence of Montgomery.

Haunted Woods Trail (1) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #hauntedwoodstrail #greengables


Haunted Woods Trail (2) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #hauntedwoodstrail #greengables


Haunted Woods Trail (3) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #hauntedwoodstrail #greengables


Haunted Woods Trail (4) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #hauntedwoodstrail #greengables


Haunted Woods Trail (5) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #hauntedwoodstrail #greengables


Haunted Woods Trail (6) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #hauntedwoodstrail #greengables


Haunted Woods Trail (7) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #hauntedwoodstrail #greengables


Haunted Woods Trail (8) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #hauntedwoodstrail #greengables


Haunted Woods Trail (9) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #hauntedwoodstrail #greengables
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  • Naomi Klein argues that this summer, of wildfires and disasters, marks an environmental turning point.

  • National Geographic shares stunning video of defrosting Tibetan soil flowing.

  • This dumping of illegally harvested lobsters as garbage on land in Nova Scotia is a terrible waste. CBC reports.

  • Can we limit urban flooding only if we force landowners to contribute to the costs of stormwater infrastructure? MacLean's makes the case.

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  • Hamilton's Christ Church is striving for continued viability, in part through selling off vacant land for condos. Global News reports.

  • Edmonton's Accidental Beach, a byproduct of construction berms on the North Saskatchewan River, has gone viral. Global News reports.

  • Meagan Campbell of MacLean's looks at how the refugee crisis did, and did not, effect the garlic festival of border city Cornwall.

  • The successful integration of a Syrian refugee family of chocolatiers in the Nova Scotia town of Antigonish is nice. The Toronto Star carries the story.

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Green Gables #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #greengableshouse #greengables #anneofgreengables


Notwithstanding this summer's drought, the lines to see Green Gables House are eternal.
rfmcdonald: (photo)
The centrepiece of Cavendish's Green Gables Heritage Place is, of course, Green Gables House itself. Owned by the MacNeills, cousins of the young Lucy Maud Montgomery, this house inspired the setting of Anne of Green Gables. The interior is that of a well-appointed prosperous farmhouse from the late 19th century, narrow stairwells and beds for the hired help and all.

Inside Green Gables House #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #greengableshouse #greengables #anneofgreengables

Inside Green Gables House #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #greengableshouse #greengables #anneofgreengables

Inside Green Gables House #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #greengableshouse #greengables #anneofgreengables


Inside Green Gables House #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #greengableshouse #greengables #anneofgreengables


Inside Green Gables House #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #greengableshouse #greengables #anneofgreengables


Inside Green Gables House #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #greengableshouse #greengables #anneofgreengables


Inside Green Gables House #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #greengableshouse #greengables #anneofgreengables


Inside Green Gables House #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #greengableshouse #greengables #anneofgreengables


Inside Green Gables House #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #greengableshouse #greengables #anneofgreengables


Inside Green Gables House #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #greengableshouse #greengables #anneofgreengables


Inside Green Gables House #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #greengableshouse #greengables #anneofgreengables


Inside Green Gables House #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #greengableshouse #greengables #anneofgreengables


Inside Green Gables House #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #greengableshouse #greengables #anneofgreengables


Inside Green Gables House #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #greengableshouse #greengables #anneofgreengables


Inside Green Gables House #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #greengableshouse #greengables #anneofgreengables
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Green Gables House circa 1966 #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #greengableshouse #greengables #toronto #ryersonimagecentre #nytimes #thefarawaynearby


Yesterday, I linked to a National Observer report about an exciting new exhibit at the Ryerson Image Centre, of a cache of old New York Times photos acquired by that museum of photography and put on exhibit. The Faraway Nearby is indeed a good exhibit--I stopped by last night. My attention was caught particularly by a photograph taken of Green Gables House in 1966, long before the house had acquired its accretion of ersatz farm buildings and vast parking lots. The contrast with some of the photos I have been sharing--in particular, with yesterday's photo post--is enlightening.
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Before Green Gables (1) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #greengables #greengableshouse


Before Green Gables (2) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #greengables #greengableshouse


Before Green Gables (3) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #greengables #greengableshouse


Before Green Gables (4) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #greengables #greengableshouse


Before Green Gables (5) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #greengables #greengableshouse


The line to enter Green Gables House is long, but happily there are things to see while you wait.
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Surrounding Green Gables House to the north is a passable reproduction of an Edwardian farm complex, barn and sheds and all arranged around a dusty yard. All this has been built up in the nearly two decades since I was last at Green Gables.

Around the farm (1) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #greengables #greengableshouse


Around the farm (2) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #greengables #greengableshouse


Around the farm (3) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #greengables #greengableshouse


Around the farm (4) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #greengables #greengableshouse


Around the farm (5) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #greengables #greengableshouse
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Anne of Green Gables doll #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #anneofgreengables #greengables #greengableshouse #dolls


The Green Gables Heritage Place gift shop is full of Anne memorabilia, as one would expect, all different sizes and forms and in any number of languages.
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The interior of the Long River Presbyterian Church, relocated to Avonlea Village and now a place not of worship but of music and theatre, is sparse and evocative. I just wonder what the church's builders,
a congregation divided over the controversial issue of allowing music in service, would think of its use now.

Long River Church, interior (1) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #avonleavillage #longriverchurch #architecture


Long River Church, interior (2) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #avonleavillage #longriverchurch #architecture


Long River Church, interior (3) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #avonleavillage #longriverchurch #architecture


Long River Church, interior (4) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #avonleavillage #longriverchurch #architecture


Long River Church, interior (5) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #avonleavillage #longriverchurch #architecture
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I posted last August about how the old Long River Presbyterian Church, dating from the late 19th century and at risk of decay, was relocated to Cavendish's Avonlea Village where it was eventually rebuilt into a theatre. It's still there, looking handsome in its new home.

Long River Church, exterior (1) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #avonleavillage #longriverchurch #churches


Long River Church, exterior (2) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #avonleavillage #longriverchurch #churches


Long River Church, exterior (3) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #avonleavillage #longriverchurch #churches


Long River Church, exterior (4) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #avonleavillage #longriverchurch #churches
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Reprint, commemorative Confederation map of the Island #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #avonleavillage #longriverchurch #maps #canada  #canada150


This reproduction of a map of the Island commemorating the different delegations attending the Charlottetown Conference hangs on the wall of the Long River Church. In the spirit of #Canada150, sharing it seems wise.
rfmcdonald: (photo)
Around Avonlea Village (1) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #avonleavillage


Around Avonlea Village (2) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #avonleavillage


Around Avonlea Village (3) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #avonleavillage


Around Avonlea Village (4) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #avonleavillage


Around Avonlea Village (5) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #avonleavillage


Around Avonlea Village (6) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #avonleavillage


Avonlea Village was never an actual village. It was only created two decades ago, as a pedestrian-friendly imagining of what an idealized sort of turn-of-the-century village on Prince Edward Island it might look like. This effect it achieves quite well: the designers should be proud of their success in making a friendly space of shops and entertainment out of a Cavendish field.
rfmcdonald: (photo)
Red soil #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #avonleavillage #red #soil #latergram


The red soil of Prince Edward Island, pale when dry as in this drought-ridden summer and a vibrant red when wet, is still baseline normal for me despite so long away.
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  • Malcolm Campbell reports for CBC on how the Island's organic agriculture sector is dealing with ineffective provincial regulation.

  • At the Toronto Star, Ainslie Cruickshank describes new measures to reserve GTA farmland in the Greenbelt for agricultural uses only.

  • Leonid Bershidsky reports for Bloomberg View on how climate change is making Russia--and Ukraine, and Kazakhstan--a major agricultural force.

  • At the Toronto Star, Alex McKeen reports on a North York warehouse that hosts a highly productive vertical farm.

  • Frank Viviano's National Geographic article looking at the enormously productivity of high-tech agriculture in the Netherlands shows the future.

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  • CBC notes sea urchin aquaculture could be a thing for New Brunswick, but it is tricky.
  • UPEI is attempting to help restore the Gulf of St. Lawrence Aster to a viable position in the PEI National Park, CBC shows.

  • Even a decade after Halifax Harbour was cleaned up, Michael MacDonald reports for the Canadian Press, locals are still don't swim in it.

  • Gaspé and the Iles-de-la-Madeline are among the Québec regions most vulnerable to a changing climate and ocean, Morgan Lowrie notes for the Canadian Press.

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The flower gardens which lie between the complex of buildings that form Avonlea Village proper and Route 6, the main road on Prince Edward Island's north shore, are quite well maintained.

Gardens of Avonlea Village (1) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #avonleavillage #garden #flowers


Gardens of Avonlea Village (2) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #avonleavillage #garden #flowers #poppies #red #birdhouse


Gardens of Avonlea Village (3) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #avonleavillage #garden #flowers


Gardens of Avonlea Village (4) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #avonleavillage #garden #flowers #poppies #red #pink


Gardens of Avonlea Village (5) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #avonleavillage #garden #flowers #lilies #orange
rfmcdonald: (photo)
Flag of Prince Edward Island #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #avonleavillage #flags


This flag of Prince Edward Island was waving above the parking lot of Cavendish's Avonlea Village.

The flag has the proportions 2:3; the three sides away from the mast are bordered by alternating bands of red and white.

The upper third of the flag features the English heraldic lion which appeared both on the coat of arms of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, for whom the province is named, and on that of King Edward VII. The lower two-thirds show an island on which appear three small oak saplings (on the left) – representing the three counties of PEI (Prince, Queens, and Kings) – under the protection of a great oak tree which represents Great Britain. This symbolism is also reflected in the provincial motto, Parva sub ingenti (the small under the protection of the great).

Based upon the Armorial Bearings of Prince Edward Island, the flag contains a gold Heraldic Lion which also appeared on the Coat of Arms for Prince Edward, Duke of Kent (for whom the Province was named) and on that of King Edward VII, who granted the Bearings. Beneath the lion is a single plot of grass representing PEI and England, both of which are islands. Upon the mound of grass stand a mature Oak tree (the official tree of Prince Edward Island) which represents England and three smaller saplings on the left, representing the 3 counties into which Prince Edward Island has been divided since 1767. Framing the flag on the three sides away from the mast are alternating bands of red and white, the official colors of Canada.

The flag was adopted on March 24, 1964.

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