On April 1, I made a post of photos from Leaskdale where the author of “Anne Of Green Gables” lived from 1911 – 1926 with her clergyman husband.
Now, three weeks later, I drove to Norval Ontario to see where she lived from 1926 to 1935.
Rev. Ewan MacDonald was the minister at this church in those years:
At noon on this day, the church bells rang out with several hymns.
Lucy, her husband and two sons Chester and Hugh lived at this house, the church manse:
There is talk of turning this eventually into a museum:
Lucy wrote this in her journal on May 26, 1927: Norval is so beautiful now that it takes my breath. Those pine hills full of shadows – those river reaches – those bluffs of maple and smooth-barked beech – with drifts of white blossoms everywhere. I love Norval as I have never loved any place save Cavendish. It is as if I had known it all my life – as if I had dreamed young dreams under those pines and walked with my first love down that long perfumed hill.
Views of Norval:
I stopped in the empty parking lot of “Nashville North”to have a look at the Credit River.
I wasn’t alone. Normally I see Turkey Vultures soaring high in the sky:
But here were two sitting beside the parking lot:
As I approached, they took to the air:
By a nearby pond, I spotted a few other birds:
Down home to-night the moonshine falls
Across a hill with daisies pied,
The pear tree by the garden gate
Beckons with white arms like a bride. – Lucy Maud Montgomery