A number of days here have begun rather drearily and cleared up, but today (7/27/11) was a rainy day. We took advantage of the opportunity to sleep in and catch up on a number things around the house. Then, we set out for the Fisherman’s Wharf which boasted a 60 foot salad bar and a number of seafood opportunities. We had a great lunch then drove around to take a few pictures with a gray sky. We took a few bay pictures, then went stopped to take some hay bales. I was looking for some illustrations to Lucy Maud Montgomery’s poem “In Haying Time,” which begins:

“Wide meadows under lucent skies
Lie open, free to sun and breeze,
Where bird and bee and rustling leaf
Blend all their air-born melodies
In one sweet symphony of sound
The lush green grasses bend and sway,
And fleet winds steal from new-mown slopes
The fragrance of the clover hay”


We’ll have to take a few pictures of the hay on the ground, but didn’t see new plowed fields today.

Then, in the evening, we went to our second “Evenings with L.M. Montgomery at Bideford Museum. We read two of her short stories. The first was entitled “The Jest that Failed” from Tales of Correspondence. It tells the story of two freshmen girls who are trying to get a new girl to understand that she will never fit in with them, so they write a letter to her inviting to the prom with the most popular senior. When she responds that she’ll be delighted to attend, he is surprised, but chooses to go with her instead of humiliating her. So, instead of embarrassing the girl, the joke ends up making her the most popular girl at school.

In the second story, “Charlotte’s Ladies” found in Akin to Anne, a young orphan girl discovers gaps in the fence that shows her two ladies in their daily routines. One she christens “The Pretty Lady,” while the other is known as “The Tall Lady.” Eventually, she strikes up a relationship with both and both come to adopt her. The ladies turn out to be estranged sisters, and Charlotte is able to mend their relationship.

The thing I most enjoy about the “Evenings” is that the Hostess assigns parts to willing participants, and the stories read like a reader’s theatre. All of us had parts this evening, and I think it really makes the stories come to life. After the stories are finished, people discuss different points from it. One lady shared about having to take sulphur and molasses–a remedy that was mentioned in “Charlotte’s Ladies.” It was a fascinating evening.