Wednesday, July 19, 2017

WATCHING "ROAD TO AVONLEA" for "Tea In The Garden"

This summer we have had a delightful time
watching the film series "Road to Avonlea". 
 Frankly, I didn't know about this series
 even though I had a DVD copy of
 "Christmas in Avonlea" and of course 
the original "Anne of Green Gable"s,
 "The Sequel" and "Anne the 
Continuing Story".  It was sweet
 Gina Broadus who enlightened me
 and also loaned us her series that
 covers 91 hours during the 7 seasons. 
 We finished yesterday and of course
 - shed a few tears too!

Today I am telling those of you who are
interested - that this is a wonderful series.

I especially enjoyed the character of Hitty
King played by Jackie Burroughs who 
passed away  at age 71 in 2010. Also, another
 favorite is the character of Gus Pike played by 
 Michael Mahonen who now is 53 years old.

For my quiet - reflective tea time today I am
reminiscing about all the wonderful characters and also
sharing with you some lovely Summertime Scones.

Here are photos of just a few of my
favorite characters from Road to Avonlea - 
can you name them?

I am trying to think what I liked best about
 this former television series largely filmed
 in Ontario with glimpses of Prince
 Edward Island interjected.  It reflects 
the time of 1903 to 1912.  I think it is the 
feeling of "community" that I love the best. 
 The idea of a small town of people
 - more like a village really - working
 together on their journey through life.  
They certainly faced many difficulties
 and had many joyful celebrations.

So who wrote all of these wonderful
 stories?  Lucy Maude Montgomery was born on
 Prince Edward Island and raised by her grandparents. 
 Many of the stories are fictional knock offs
 if you will, to real experiences Lucy
 had after her Mother's
 death when she  was growing up and going
 to school in Cavendish. (born in New
 London, PEI)   I see so many similarities
 between Lucy and Anne!

I think you would love these DVD's!

I hope you can join my blog party today
and let me know if you have already watched 
this series or perhaps the earlier Anne of Green
Gables series? 

Recipe for my Summertime Scones

See this recipe except I added 1 med-large chopped peach and 4 chopped med-large strawberries!
 Of course you probably know
 two wonderful bloggers who live on PEI:


At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Loved your post today Bernideen! It was like a little bit of friendly gossip over a pot of tea while looking at pictures of friends and family.

With three daughters, I think we watched "Anne With An E" repeatedly in many different versions of Green Gables and Avonlea. Recently we watched a version of Green Gables starring Martin Sheen as the brother, which was entertaining, but I do think the original actors were all perfect for their roles and so I much prefer the original movie.

ellen b. said...

Such a beautiful tea post and thank you for telling us about this series. I'm not sure if I've seen it or not but I will track it down.

Louca por porcelana said...

What a wonderful transferware teaset and stunning flowers bouquet!Thank you very much for hosting!Have a lovely week!Hugs,Maristella.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Dear Bernideen,
What a beautiful tea time! Your flowers are glorious and you know how much I adore red transferware! The scones look wonderful as well. Your garden tea beckons folks to your inviting repast. Wish I could join you out in your beautiful garden.

The Road to Avonlea was a delightful series of old-fashioned stories loaded with charm. RH Thomson also plays Matthew Cuthbert in the newest Anne series which aired on our CBC network.

My hubby and I watched the majority of the newest Anne series but we were both quite disappointed in it. The acting was superb however we found that the writers took Anne, a young girl from the late 1900's, and tried to make her over into a young lady of today with the same experiences that the girls of today might face. It is my opinion that Montgomery's stories are beautifully written and should be created for the TV screen following the books. To stray too far from the original writings just makes the story unrealistic.
The first Anne series {created in the '80's} was and still is extremely popular and the writers did not stray very far from Montgomery's books. I don't think you can improve upon the stories as they were written. Anyway, that is my humble opinion.
I read the books over again about every two to three years and alas, this latest series is a real let down for me.

Green Gables as well as Cavendish, New London, and Silver Bush, PEI all offer us so much history. It is a treat to visit these places and take a walk back in time. Bernideen, you would love it!
Thank you for the party and have a splendid day.


Michele said...

I have read Anne of Green Gables several times - and still have my original book my mother gave me when I was a girl. ♥

I have never seen either series and wish to do so as I hear so much about it.

Your tea time is absolutley stunningly beautiful, Bernideen - everything is so lovely - especially your garden.

Have missed you - glad to be back and hope to do more posting as time, energy and health allow. Hugs! ♥♥♥

Sandra said...

Some of the filming of "Road To Avonlea" was done not too far from where I live here in Ontario. It's a wonderful show and one of my favourites. I've always preferred it to any "Anne" series. What a beautiful tea table and garden you've shared with us. Lovely!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Bernideen. When I saw Avonlea mentioned I had to peek in for a short visit. Your garden is absolutely beautiful. I love all the old-fashioned flowers blooming there. A trip through a fairy tale! I have seen all the Avonlea and Anne movies and have a few in my library. I think I could have very happily resided in Avonlea those years ago. I love looking at the homes and cottages. Happy tea time to you..xxoJudy

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for sharing today about this TV series, It sounds like something that I would be interested in so I will be o the look out for how I can watch it. Your teascape is stunning and the tablecloth is lovely!!!

The Victorian Girl said...

Oh how I loved the Road to Avonlea series! I was riveted to the tv every time it cam on. There was always a great "lesson" to be learned, just good clean cut family stories. I'm going to try to watch them again. The new Anne With An E was somewhat shocking. I don't know why they have to stray so far from the original story and sensationalize everything. I guess they think that's what modern tv audiences want to see and that's so sad!

Loved your red transferware and beautiful flowers!

Margie said...

I grew up watching the Road to Avonlea series. I recognize: Felicity, Jasper, Gus, Cecily, Sarah Stanley, Aunt Hetty. It may be time for a major rewatch!

There's another TV series based on L.M. Montgomery's "Emily of New Moon" trilogy (which I found darker than the Green Gables and Avonlea series), but I haven't seen this adaptation.

Thank you for hosting and have a great week!

Margie said...

P.S. I think that the little boy was named Felix?

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Thank you for your high recommendations on the series, Bernideen! I watched the old Anne of Green Gables movie and started watching the newer Anne with an E, on NetFlix, but didn't finish it yet.
Your tea today is so charming and I am enthralled wit your pretty strawberry linens!! You find the prettiest things, my friend. I hope to share a post next week. I'm a little behind after coming home from CO.
p.s. Your scones look divine!

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Oh Bernideen, you finished them? We have to talk now!! Didn't you just love how Felicity found Gus and took him back to the island and married him?! Oh I just loved that! But poor Stuart...
Your white fence and gorgeous flowers remind me of Hetty's Rose Cottage! Just beautiful. And your bouquets are just "dripping" with beauty! As Anne said about a bouquet on the Anne of Green Gables movie...Drink them in Marilla, drink them in!
Talk to you soon!

The Charm of Home said...

I have never seen this series. It looks good. Your tea is gorgeous! Such good photographs.

Sylvia said...

Bernideen, Road to Avonlea is a wonderful series. To be able to watch all 7 seasons sequentially would be great. I watched it when it ran on TV but did not necessarily catch every episode. I have seen some on reruns as well but on DVD you can see the story and characters develop. I really enjoyed the show as well as all the Anne of Green Gables you mentioned. It harkens back to a simpler way of life. Thanks for sharing your table today and have a great week. Sylvia D.

Jean | said...

Bernideen, beautiful post! I'll be eager to hear how you manage with the Japanese beetles. I can't blame them for loving your garden! Your floral arrangements are wonderful. Thank you for hosting.

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Thanks for sharing the Road to Avonlea since i've not heard about it before? I loved Anne of Green Gables and having it taped and every now and then I watch it again and again. I am enjoying seeing Megan Fellows role in the Reign on Netflix. Its so good. I sure wish we could put pictures of teacups on your party since I have a ton....

The Victorian Girl said...

I forgot to mention another great series. It's called Lark Rise to Candleford and is set in England in the late 1800's, I believe. I watched it free online.

Marilyn Miller said...

I haven't seen this series, but just finished the first season of Anne with an E on Netflix. Now hoping they release the second season soon. Love all your garden and tea shots in this post. I will link tomorrow.

Sandi Magle said...

Oh Bernideen, what lovely photos and story. I really will have to see the series. I do remember reading several of the books, of course ages ago. I love your red tea set, it absolutely is perfect for this story and the garden this time of year.

Num, I have to make some scones tomorrow. Grins, Sandi

Karen said...

Hi Bernideen,
Your red and white Mason's Vista tea setting is just gorgeous today! Your Transferware is very beautiful and looks beautiful outside with the lovely greenery and flowers. I have not read the series and must after hearing how much you enjoyed it. Thank you for hosting Tea in the Garden. Blessings, Karen

Antiques And Teacups said...

Hi Bernideen! What a lovely post! We haven't had that series here...hopefully soon! Love your tea table...especially the red transferware. Always so cozy! The tbles and garden setting is wonderful! Thanks so much for hosting and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Daniela said...

The very first time I watched this series on TV, it arrived in Italy almost twenty years ago, I felt so charmed by the story, which caught me more and more, but I had the opportunity to watch the replicas at least for twice, and then my attention was caught by the details of the dresses, the rooms, the groceries, oh, you cannot even imagine how much I love it , after 'The Little House on the Praire' it's absolutely my fav. !!!
I wonder how you could prepare such a perfect tea for that age and those characters, you're truly unique, Lovely Lady !

Trusting you're having the best of weeks,
I'm sending blessings on your way, sweetest friend of mine