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 . . .
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:
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:
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 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.
They might have been Diana Barry, being led by Anne into “romantical” adventures:
I have used this book often when teaching the Green Gables series to my students in the past. It is available through Amazon.