I Love Lucy – Maud Montgomery

Well, I do love that Lucy – red hair and all!  But, I’m thinking of quite another Lucy – equally associated with red hair, entering the world’s spotlight a half century prior to our Queen of Comedy, here.

Yes – that’s the gal.  Lucy Maud Montgomery.  And, her most celebrated of heroines, Anne Shirley.

Won’t you join us for a cuppa in the tea garden with Anne?  She’s made herself quite at home in her own private tea garden . . .

Surrounded by her thoughts and mottoes that have become a part of our literary heritage . . .

We’ll settle down and take in the sunshine outside here at Green Gables . . .

 Pictures of Green Gables, Cavendish
This photo of Green Gables is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Actually, it’s my front garden simply exploding with blossoms from the random seeding we did back in May.

It’s been a long time coming, but as we move into mid-summer, we are finally enjoying the show with so many surprises popping up – though the weeds are a constant issue.

Growing up on the beautiful Prince Edward Island, Lucy Maud was quite versed in the floragraphy of her surroundings.  Her love of nature and flowers make up a great part of her prose.   Anne Shirley’s delight in all green and growing things show up in every scene.

Teatime, too, made for another splendid Anne day.  Teatime among the flowers – heaven!  Teatime among the flowers in a floral spray of a teacup and saucer – what bliss could compare!

I recently came into this stunner of a cup with the florals so wistfully designed in clear hues as though basking in sunshine with one’s watercolour palette at the ready!.

The traditional shape and feel of the cup in my hand is comforting.   It’s a Sadler Wellington made in England – of course.

At first, one might think it far too formal for a more casual wildflower garden setting. 

Not at all.  Anne would be sure to have all her beauties at once – whether in the garden out of doors or in a beautifully appointed parlor – it was all one in Anne’s eyes.

Oh, look!  Here comes, Lucy Maud, now!  She’s just come from the post in great excitement:

“My book came today, fresh from the publishers . . . 

. . . I candidly confess that it was for me a proud, wonderful, thrilling moment!  There in my hand lay the material realization of all the dreams and hopes and ambitions and struggles of my whole conscious existence – my first book!  Not a great book at all – but mine, mine, mine, – something to which I had given birth – something which, but for me, would never have existed . . .”

Anne of Green Gables is a novel telling the story of wide-eyed, wondering, daydreaming, red-haired Anne Shirley – a little girl growing into a young woman, finding truth and beauty in the world around her and, so inspired, she sets her heart on forming her personal character to live in the image of the ideal.

Though coming from a most unfortunate background, Anne triumphs in her childhood by holding tight to her ideals ever striving for excellence, which help her to overcome faults and capitalize on strengths.

Lucy Maud Montgomery’s life and personality was – to some degree – a shadow reflection of the life and personality she gave to Anne.

As a child, Lucy – or “Maud” as she was commonly known – kept regular journals of stories, poems, and ideas. It is from these that she pulled the seed for Anne of Green Gables many years later:


“Elderly couple apply to orphan asylum for a boy.  By mistake a girl is sent . . .”

Maud’s own personal belief that the universe has a soul, expressed in nature, is at the heart of who Anne is.  I believe this concept is summed up very well by Scotland’s beloved storyteller, George MacDonald – a contemporary of Lucy Maud whose work she was most likely familiar:

“This world is not merely a thing which God hath made, subjecting it to laws; but it is an expression of the thought, the feeling, the heart of God Himself . . . There is not a form that lives in the world, but is a window cloven through the blank darkness of nothingness, to let us look into the heart, and feeling, and nature of God . . . the faces of some flowers lead me back to the heart of God; and, as His child, I hope I feel, in my lowly degree, what He felt when, brooding over them, He said, ‘They are good’; that is, ‘They are what I mean.’ ” 

This is why Biblical principles and the striving for Christian character are such a recurring theme throughout Anne’s stories.  No matter how love-starved and difficult Anne’s life may be, she cannot look about her without seeing the glories of Creation declaring beauty, truth, and a call to experience and enjoy life and living to its fullest.

“Oh, look, there’s one little early wild rose out!  Isn’t it lovely?  Don’t you think it must be glad to be a rose?  Wouldn’t it be nice if roses could talk?  I’m sure they could tell us such lovely things . . .”
Anne Shirley, Anne of Green Gables

“Have you ever noticed what cheerful things brooks are?  They’re always laughing.  Even in winter-time.  I’ve heard them under the ice.  I’m so glad there’s a brook near Green Gables.”
Anne of Green Gables, Chapter 4
“Why must people kneel down to pray?  If I really wanted to pray I’ll tell you what I’d do.  I’d go out into a great big field all alone or into the deep, deep woods, and I’d look up into the sky – up – up – up – into that lovely blue sky that looks as if there was no end to it’s blueness.  And, then, I ‘d just feel a prayer.”
Anne of Green Gables, Chapter 7

I have a few Anne treasures in my favorite book editions – these two three in one volumes in which my very favorite of the series – Anne’s House of Dreams, recounting Anne & Gilbert’s first year of marriage – has brought me much pleasure and great “scope for the imagination”.  

I also LOVE this sweet reference book on all things Anne:  The Anne of Green Gables Treasury, by Carolyn Strom Collins and Christina Wyss Eriksson.

They might have been Diana Barry, being led by Anne into “romantical” adventures:

“What we thought would be a few pleasant morning spent in our branch library became a five year obsession!  We searched through cookbooks of the period for authentic recipes, we found copies of the Royal Readers and other textbooks that were in use during the time Anne would have been in school, and we taught ourselves to crochet lace and concoct potpourri just as Anne and her friends must have done.  We even planted our gardens with as many of the flowers mentioned in the Anne books as we could manage! . . . Eventually, we decided to compile the information into a book.”
Carolyn Strom Collins & Christina Wyss Eriksson
The Anne of Green Gables Treasury – Introduction

I have used this book often when teaching the Green Gables series to my students in the past.  It is available through Amazon.

So, here is where Anne lives – in her garden of dreams, beauty, and high ideals – in a teacup – of course!

Thank you, Lucy Maud.  For sharing so much of you through Anne – reminding dreamers and idealists like me that – I am not alone . . .
Sharing I Love Lucy – Maud Montgomery this week with:

Sandi on Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
Kathy’s A Return to Loveliness Tuesday at Delightsome Life
Terri’s Teacup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Teacups and Tea Things at Antiques and Teacups
Trish’s Heart & Home at Lily Rose Cottage
Kathryn’s Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House 
Bernideen’s Garden Teatime

NOTE:  Photo Source for some of the lovely production photos and montages from the Anne of Green Gables films are found at FANPOP.  
 

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.

Comments

  1. Oh, Kathryn- I love all you have shared here. I have heard of this character and story but confess I have not read Ann of Green Gables…I feel poorer for it now because as you show her I realize she is quite a kindred spirit with me! I must read this classic. I did not realize it was a series but based on what you are saying it is! How I love to tarry over your beautiful posts filled with treasures and delights for my mind, heart and soul! Thanks you! Fondly, Dawn

  2. Hi: Everytime I visit I feel just a little smarter. You are always faithful, not only to show us some beautiful tea cups but to educate as well. Thank you so much for taking the time to do that for us. Blessings, Martha

  3. This is a delightful post. I read Anne of Green Gables a year ago and fell in love with this smart as a whip little gal. The treasury book looks like one I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing so much Anne stuff, and the quotes.

  4. Kathryn, marvelous post – filled with wonder and delight. Anne and Lucy Maud would be pleased and I adore the giant teacup planter!!! Happy Tea Day!

  5. Hi Kathy,
    I’m smiling because your post brings Anne alive again.
    I loved all the Anne books and have read them more than once.
    I was excited to receive ‘The Anne Of Green Gables Cookbook’ for my birthday last week.
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  6. Hi Kathy,
    Loved your post! I have been reading Anne of Green Gables for the past two weeks. I have an old book which was literally falling apart at the seams so Hubby surprised me with a brand new one. I like to read the story every few years as I enjoy it so much.
    I enjoyed your post of pretty flowers, lovely floral teacup, the teacup planter with Anne in it, and the quotes.
    Have you had a chance to peruse my last week’s Anne Tea post by any chance?
    Thank you for taking the time to join me for tea time today and enjoy the rest of your week. I hope things are getting better in your neck of the woods! Take care.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

  7. Hi Kathy, what a wonderful tribute to Lucy Maud Montgomery!
    She must have been such an interesting lady to know.
    I love the cards you made with the Anne quotes and how you displayed them a teacup garden!
    Very pretty and clever 🙂
    Your cup is lovely and so perfect for leisurely sipping in the summer sun.
    Your wildflower garden is delightful – I love rambling cottage flowers the best myself!
    I hope your weather has settled down and those storms are all gone.
    Too scarey!!
    Thanks for linking up, my friend.
    Have a very blessed week..Trish xx

  8. Hello Kathy,
    Your delightful post about Lucy and Anne really show your respect and love for them. What joy to go through your post and see all the images of Anne, as well as Lucy. Your garden is truly looking vibrant and alive! What a sweet reward for all your hard work.
    Hugs,
    Terri

  9. my son had to read this in 7th grade…kept reading but I guess felt he just felt he had to complain…I think the whole class would be impressed with your post!

  10. This post will be read at least three times… before it’s read again! ha! I love it!

    Our younger daughter has had the treasury featured here since she was a girl. I’m aching now to look over it again, so I guess that means I’ll be buying myself one!

    Loved it x 18!

    I think I’ll be adding the other books for said daughter, too. Wow! What a great post!

  11. Ms Montgomery is one of my favorite authors. I think I’ve read everything she’s written. I loved reading this post and enjoyed the photos you added. You would probably enjoy this link to a photo shoot of a young woman who did an Anne of Green Gables wedding. It is beautiful:
    http://www.jessicazaisblog.com/weddings/anne-of-green-gables-wedding-inspiration-photos/

  12. Hello …Such a lovely view of Anne Shirley and Maud Montgomery … I’ve lived with her legacy and her books since childhood and am privileged to live close by ….

    . My Daughter-in-law from Australia loves Anne and the author and I created a room for my Clea so that she can read and enjoy Maud’s books when she visits….

    That is the influence of this Canadian writer and her profound writing and understanding of spirit… How special is her world and timeless presence… your post is lovely !!!! HUGS

  13. I have not read the entire series, but now you are making me want to! Nor have I read much George MacDonald. I love that quote you have of his. And your flowers are lovely!

  14. How lovely of a post! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  15. LMM will always have a special place in my heart… both her and Anne Shirley.

    It was lovely reading your posting. Enjoyed my visit very much!

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