Thursday, February 7, 2013


Welcome to the Prince Edward Islands

How lovely to finally arrive. I was almost worried; I had a bad feeling when we connected in Cape Town. And then when we got on the prop plane. And then when we water-landed and took a raft the rest of the way. Oh, are you leaving? Thank you! What a lovely day we had. I'll be fine, thank you! Quite fine.

It's more reef-y than I expected? Aren't the dunes supposed to be red? Wait, where ARE the dunes? It's such a lovely view, though. What would Lucy Maud Montgomery say? Oh, of course! "Look at that sea, girls—all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen. We couldn't enjoy its loveliness any more if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds."

Excuse me? Excuse me? Could you...could you direct me to the tourism information center? Oh. You are a mass of lichen. My mistake.

I see a building. Let me just...I think I dressed inappropriately. I'm not getting quite enough friction on these slippery rocks. Ow. Ow. Ow.

I've fashioned a rudimentary tourniquet out of my one dress-up dress. Haha, doesn't that just remind me of Anne herself! "It is ever so much easier to be good if your clothes are fashionable." That helped. They probably have some Bactine at the tourist office. OH, let's not fret, let's not even think about fretting for one moment. "It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will." Excelsior!

Maybe this was not the best month to visit, but, as always, "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." I did think there would be fewer cat skeletons everywhere, to be brutally, brutally frank.

Dear me, my feet really are quite painful. "It's all very well to read about sorrows and imagine yourself living through them heroically, but it's not so nice when you really come to have them, is it?"

Oh, hello, Mr. Seal. I think we shall become dear, dear friends. After all, "Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world."

It's such a shame the tourism office appears to be locked. And how odd that it's run by the South African National Antarctic Programme. Such a tribute to L.M. Montgomery's international acclaim, I guess!

Time sure does pass slowly here, on the Island, doesn't it, Mr. Other Seal? "It was November—the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines."

Oh, here I am on the ground again. I do, I mean, I shouldn't complain, but I DO think they might work on these footpaths. "It's so hard to get up again—although of course the harder it is the more satisfaction you have when you do get up, haven't you?"

I think I'm getting rather thin. Perhaps too thin? Tee-hee, "I'm not a bit changed–not really. I'm only just pruned down and branched out. The real ME—back here—is just the same."

Perhaps next year, it might be better, just a teensy-weensy bit better, to go to Walden Pond instead. "But have you ever noticed one encouraging thing about me, Marilla? I never make the same mistake twice." OH, so true. So trueeeee. True. This lichen gets better all the time.

"But really, Marilla, one can't stay sad very long in such an interesting world, can one?"

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This is great! I have to admit though, I did think we'd be hearing from Nicole about the latest Anne of Green Gables controversy -- amazon.com's cover of a grown-up blonde Anne!


@PixieSparkle I was just about to post something about that. It is maddening.

Nicole Cliffe

Refusing to acknowledge it. Hoping it goes away.


@Nicole Cliffe


@Nicole Cliffe


@PixieSparkle in my nightmares, Anne Shirley is Taylor Swift?


@PixieSparkle I absolutely came here to discuss this monstrosity.

Priscilla Peel

@PixieSparkle I'm going to pretend that's Ruby Gillis.


@Priscilla Peel (Pre-consumption.)

Nicole Cliffe



@Nicole Cliffe Aaaaah I hadn't seen that picture and now I can't un-see it! NOT HAPPY. My mind is diseased now and all the world's plum puffs cannot minister to it.


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Okay, now I am feeling inspired to write that bodice-ripper involving a shipwreck in the sub-Antarctic that I've been planning.

The actual bodice-ripping is going to take several pages of description, given that the characters are going to be wearing heavy seal-skin garments.


@Rock and Roll Ken Doll hawt


When I was a child, I told my mom that when I grew up, I would be a writer living on Prince Edward Island and that she could come visit me when I had time.

It probably would have looked something like this, really. "This lichen gets better all the time."


@yeah-elle I went through a phase last year when I furiously Googled real estate in a variety of far-flung places (well, flung far from me, anyway) and I had my heart set on buying and rehabbing a shabby, windswept old church on Prince Edward Island. In a way, I'm glad I didn't have the squillionty dollars to do it (and that's Canadian dollars) because I would probably have gone mad in the process.


Minor quibble, but it would be probably be the South African National Arctic Programme, not Antarctic, since Antarctica is all the way down in the southern hemisphere, although there are not nearly as many permanent research stations in the Arctic.


@schrodingers_cat no, I think she meant antarctic. geography ftw.


@schrodingers_cat But isn't the Antarctic much closer to South Africa (since they are both in the southern hemisphere) than the Arctic, which is in the northern hemisphere? I am confused! And possibly misunderstanding your comment...


@formergr @schrodingers_cat

I'm pretty sure N. Cliffe is playing on the fact that there are two Prince Edward Islands: one Canadian (a la "Anne of Green Gables") and one between South Africa and Antarctica.


@noodge Okay, my mistake then.


@noodge yes, that's what I thought, okay, thanks!


Vicky Austin's iceberg ought to show up on the horizon sometime soon, right?


@cherrispryte don't shoot Esteban!


@cherrispryte SPEAKING of Vicky Austin, maybe here is the correct place to talk about how I just learned that A Ring of Endless Light was made into a Disney movie in 2002, starring Mischa Barton?? Um.


@BlushAndBashful That movie's the worst. The worst! Which was probably obvious by the whole 'Disney tv movie' and 'Mischa Barton' thing, but... the worst.


@daisicles It's maddening, because I think it COULD be a pretty amazing movie. Hailee Steinfeld as Vicky?


@BlushAndBashful Honestly, it could've been vastly improved even with Mischa Barton if they'd actually made a stab at following the plot instead of going 'eh, it's about dolphins or something'. All the miscasting just kinda added insult to injury.


HA. This reminds me of a time when my friend's parents booked a ticket - through a travel agent - to Monterrey, Mexico. Except that the agent booked them a ticket to Monterey, California. And no one noticed until they landed.

Carrie W.

So this sort of breaks my heart. I've dreamed of going to P.E.I. and walking around in puffed sleeves and drinking raspberry cordial and shooting off zingers at that bossy Rachel Lynde. Instead, I'll just be shivering and twisting my ankle and falling on cat skeletons.

Nicole Cliffe

@Carrie W. PEI is lovely! Just do not book a ticket to the one off South Africa by mistake. I am worried I will get hate mail from the real tourism bureau of the actual PEI.


@Nicole Cliffe Hate mail from a Canadian? That doesn't compute.



We read through it on my last family vacation (last summer). CAN YOU BELIEVE MY SISTER HAD NEVER READ IT BEFORE.

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