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Postby Harvestar » Wed Jan 14, 2004 2:35 pm

A (belated) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>I was just reminded while reading this thread and thinking of the previous line, that I once had a book that was an Anne of Green Gables Christmas book. It had excerpts from the various Anne books of Christmas scenes, baking, being out in the snow, etc. I seem to have misplaced it around my house somewhere and never found it again. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0> Though I do still have all the books those stories came from. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>I did so love the time in Anne of Windy Poplars when she brought her fellow teacher, Katherine, back home to Green Gables for Christmas. They did a good job of that in the movies too. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> Just thinking of that the other day. <BR><BR>Elara, I've been hiking down in one of the side canyons (Havasu Canyon). It was a wonderful time... my first backpacking trip! I had no idea what I got myself into, but managed to be the only one without blisters or anything! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0> Lovely place, and there's gorgeous waterfalls down there. We went swimming in March and boy, was it cold!!! There's also an Indian village down in Havasu Canyon. Everything is brought in by mule train (you can put your pack on one too, if you like) or by helicopter. And there's a grocery store, cafe (with Coke, fry bread, omlettes, etc), church, school... amazing!!! <BR><BR>Yes, fall (or spring) is a good time, not too early that its boiling in the bottom of the canyon, and not to late that it snows at the rim. There was a bit of snow at the rim when we went over Spring Break, but it didn't affect us.
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Postby ElaraElendil » Wed Jan 21, 2004 8:47 pm

Harvestar, I've heard about that village...hopefully I'll see it for myself. This summer my sister and I are going to do a half marathon. I think that will be good training for the canyon. I'm soooo ready for summer. The snow is getting really old really fast. But the crappy part is that it's not snowing, it's just terribly icy. That's even worse somehow.
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Postby Hero's Song » Thu Jan 22, 2004 4:45 am

I'm glad to see this thread hasn't been forgotten. I've neglected in terribly because since Thanksgiving, my life seems to be a series of "Jonah Days" lately." My husband has been sick with a mysterious intestinal problem off and on since Thanksgiving and he's missed so much work that things are pretty dire in the money department <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Also, we will take SOME of your snow. Except for one episode in early December, we haven't (I live in southern Indiana) had one snowfall that covered the ground. We've had the old, ugly brown grass and dead trees to look at. <BR><BR>After being snowbound with my sick grandpa who died when I was a teenager (the phones were down and we couldn't get help for hours), I hated snow for years. A few years ago a therapist helped me get through my "snow phobia" and ever since I don't mind it. With such a lack of it this year, I'm actually longing for it. It is SO beautiful and makes (I can't believe I'm saying this) winter easier to bear. <BR><BR>Good to hear from you two, Hero
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Postby shieldmaidenofrohan » Thu Jan 22, 2004 6:30 am

I'd rather have the snow, personally. The only time I don't really mind cold weather is when we have snow. Right now everything out my window is various shades of brown and grey, including the sky. It gets rather dull after awhile and makes me long for spring. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif"border=0><BR><BR>That's really cool that you got to hike in the canyon there, Harvestar! Someday when I go visit the Grand Canyon again, I would love to do something like that.
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Postby ElaraElendil » Sat Feb 14, 2004 10:36 am

SMOR! My quote! That was my quote for months when I had a PM. It's still my email quote. Alas, dail-up internet has prevented me from getting online as often as I'd like, but I may have to re-enlist my funds. <BR><BR>Anyone else longing for SPRING?!!
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Postby Hero's Song » Sat Feb 14, 2004 3:05 pm

Yes! Yes! Yes! This has been a really rough winter with my husband sick throughout most of it. (He's finally been diagnosed with Crohn's disease <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0> <BR><BR>In just another month we will once again witness the miracle of spring. It seems in a blink of an eye the green grass comes forth and the first flowers and the buds on the trees and the happy birds and the warm sun... <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>I will once again turn as Annish as ever and will turn to this thread to share my delight in God's good earth. Isn't it great that nothing will die in heaven so the grass will always stay green and soft and dotted with flowers?
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Postby ElaraElendil » Sun Feb 15, 2004 5:08 pm

Amen! I am looking forward to seeing greenery...and flowers. It would be awesome to actually smell something again...instead of the blank emptiness of winter snowy air. There is only the occasional smell of a fire place...but most people have gas fireplaces these days. Including us.<BR><BR>Did you know that there is a fly fishing guide to middle earth? My brother-in-law found it. Silly.
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Postby Harvestar » Mon Feb 16, 2004 3:42 am

HS, I'm sorry to hear about your husband's illness. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0> ((HUGEHUGS))<BR><BR>And yes, I'm looking forward to spring. I've spent a lot of time up at the telescopes this month which means I've had to drive up icy, snowy mountains (even in Southern AZ) and be cold (it's -3.2C out right now). And I hope the wildflowers are good this year. It's such a pleasure to see them blooming all along the road - the yellows to brighten the desert. It's also been pretty cold even down in the valley this year. brr... Though I guess it's kind of nice in a way - I get to actually wear the turtlenecks and sweaters and fuzzy fleece sweatshirts that usually hide in the back of drawers. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> <BR><BR>I thought of you all the other day when I found this site:<BR><a href='http://www.literature.org/authors/' target=_blank>Online Literature Library</a><BR><BR>There in the author list is our very own L.M. Montgomery and 3 Anne books are part of the online library. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> I had a good time cheering myself up with them late night at the telescope a few weeks ago. Though I'd never give up my old fashioned paperbacks. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0>
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Postby shieldmaidenofrohan » Mon Feb 16, 2004 6:13 am

Yes, I'm absolutely longing for spring. This is around the time of year when winter becomes simply unbearable for me. I get so tired of seeing nothing but brown grass and bare trees all the time. The only thing I like better about winter besides the snow is the stars are so much clearer... but then I still can't enjoy it because I get cold so quickly. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif"border=0><BR>At least we're supposed to get some more snow tomorrow. But I don't know how much. Hopefully I won't have to cancel my entire week's worth of work at my job again... <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-rolleyes.gif"border=0><BR>Sorry, winter just makes me sad sometimes.
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Postby ElaraElendil » Tue Feb 17, 2004 8:43 pm

I am soooo looking forward to the flowers! It's so funny to see how quickly it goes from brown and white to budding green, and soon brightly colorful and vibrant.<BR><BR>Watching a special on Tolkien on TV. Finding it very interesting.
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Postby Lady_Galadriel786 » Sun Feb 22, 2004 12:07 pm

Hail and mae govannen kindred spirits!<BR><BR>It has been many, many months since I last passed this way, and for that I must sincerely apologise. I really don’t have any excuses for my lapse, except the usual “RL taking over”. But, I hope to make up for that and once again become a regular visitor here.<BR><BR>I hope you will forgive me my transgression, and let me once again be a member of this wonderful Guild of Kindred Spirits!<BR><BR>LadyG<BR><BR><BR>
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Postby Hero's Song » Sun Feb 22, 2004 2:03 pm

Don't feel badly about neglecting this thread. We've all been pretty absent throughout the winter. I think it has something to do with our personalities. <BR><BR>I have come far from the days where I hated winter and started a countdown to spring the week after Christmas. I try to look for beauty and not long too much for my favorite season. <BR><BR>Today the grass is brown and the flowers are still asleep. But the sun is shining. The sky is blue and the birds seem to be singing a little more hopeful tune. I must get out and take a walk. <BR><BR>Spring is coming. It's just around the corner. <BR><BR>Do not despair, my friends. God's miracle, what I like to call, the "rebirth of earth" is coming.<BR><BR>What are you going to plant in your flower gardens this year??? <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby LalaithUrwen » Mon Feb 23, 2004 10:12 pm

Hello, everyone!<BR><BR>Anne has been on my mind lately as my daughters and I have been watching the movies. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>(Um, can I just say that I am feeling positively swoooony over Gilbert? <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> LOTR has just corrupted me! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif"border=0>)<BR><BR>Ahem. Anyway, yes, spring, sunshine, flowers. All wonderful things.<BR><BR>I'm planting more lavender this year, and I hope to try again with my irises. (I think they got some sort of blight or something before.) I am <b>not</b> a good gardener. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-rolleyes.gif"border=0> I would love to have an herb garden, though, and always give it serious thought each year. Maybe this will be *the* year.<BR><BR>Oh, you all will appreciate this. We are a homeschooling family, and something many hs'ing families do is choose a name for their "school." I'd always sort of tossed around "The School at Plum Creek" in honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder, and I still do like that, although it is quite long.<BR><BR>Well, my daughters and I decided that we're either going to be "Green Gables School" or "Avonlea School." <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> What do you think? I'm taking votes.<BR><BR>Lalaith
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Postby Hero's Song » Tue Feb 24, 2004 12:58 am

Lalaith - I love naming things! <BR><BR>Being a long time LIW fan, I admit to liking "School of Plum Creek" or "Plum Creek School" just as well as your other choices. If you are determined to do an Anne theme, you could do something even more "Annish" and call it something like: "Dreamers' School for Higher Learning' or "Dreamer's Delight School" or "Anne Shirley's Academy" or "Avonlea Academy" - that one kind of rolls off the tongue! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby ElaraElendil » Thu Feb 26, 2004 8:44 pm

Perhaps Queen's Academy. <BR><BR>The season seems to be 3 weeks ahead of schedule. It's not even March and the snow is melting. Not that I'm complaining--I'm dying for the summer.
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Postby LalaithUrwen » Thu Feb 26, 2004 10:03 pm

Good ideas! If I could pick it all on my own, I'd probably go with Avonlea Academy. My daughters prefer "Green Gables," though, so I may have to go with that. (Not that it's a bad thing, mind you. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0><BR><BR>I wish it was 3 weeks ahead of schedule here, weatherwise. It seems to be winter still, though signs are here and there. <BR><BR>I was enraptured for quite a while this evening. My husband built a fire outside in our portable fireplace thing. The girls were playing (tell you that one in a sec!), and a Cooper's hawk decided to hang out in a nearby sycamore tree. He stayed for a long time, and I watched him the whole time.<BR><BR>Earlier this week, we were lucky enough to see another Cooper's in my parents' backyard. This one got a red squirrel while we were watching! Totally cool! (Although, I would've preferred that he get a grey squirrel; they're much more plentiful, and, while I know the red squirrels are very mean--castrating rival males!--, we don't have many of them. I've always enjoyed the flashes of bright rust in the blue spruce in the yard, especially in the snow.)<BR><BR>My daughters? My oldest is obsessed with horses. How obsessed? <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> Well, today she <strong>MADE</strong> her own horse poop! She took mud (and her younger sister helped), rolled it into balls, and, voila!, had horse poop. She then proceeded to use the rake to scoop it into a "wheelbarrow" (which is actually an old plastic shopping cart from when they were toddlers). LOL! This cracked me up. I thought you all might get a laugh out of it, too.<BR><BR>Lalaith
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Postby Harvestar » Fri Feb 27, 2004 12:27 am

We've been getting our winter rains here lately. Though today has been 74 degrees and clear skies. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> (my mom back in Pennsylvania wasn't too happy to hear that today during her phone call <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> ) <BR><BR>With the rain, we've had a few yellow wildflowers pop up and the fairy dusters are also blooming. (I always think that's a name Anne would have liked <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> ) <BR><BR>We'll see if this is a good year for wildflowers. Last year was, and my first year out here was incredible. <BR><BR>There was snow up on the mountains earlier in the week (when the rains came in the valley) - it was pretty to see from down below. <BR><BR>Lalaith, great story! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> <BR><BR>We have many hawks and falcons around our place here - so fun to watch. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby ElaraElendil » Fri Mar 05, 2004 5:00 pm

Harvester, you are so lucky. I got excited about a patch of grass growing up through the snow. We aren't even expecting spring until April or May. Depressing to think that the little ambitious patch of grass will only be smote by the horrid return of the snow. Not totally against snow and all its glimmering wonder...just dying for some vegetation--flowers, grass, sweet smells!!!! Sigh.
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Postby Hero's Song » Fri Mar 05, 2004 8:18 pm

I thought this thread might get a revival around March <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>I did my annual check - my daffodils are about 2 inches out of the ground and my tulips are up - no signs of my peonies though <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0>. I'm very jealous of those of you who have green patches of grass and little yellow flowers, etc. We've had 60 degree weather today, but they are predicting a big drop in temps and possibly flurries. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0> I know 'old man winter' has to blow cold on us one last time. It's OK, spring will be here to stay really soon.
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Postby Harvestar » Sun Mar 07, 2004 2:05 am

Hero's Song, you're making me homesick! Daffodils are my favorite flower - such happy, sunny flowers - so delightful in spring. And tulips were my grandmother's favorite. My mom has such lovely red tulips (if the chipmunks didn't eat them all last summer!). Sigh... and neither grows around here... <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0> I could buy them in pots at the grocery store, but I don't want the cats to eat them... <BR><BR>I do have pictures on my wall of the daffodils at Penn State. They had such lovely flowers there. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby Hero's Song » Sun Mar 07, 2004 12:05 pm

Harvester - I have a couple of lovely sig pics of spring flowers I will be bringing out soon. Hope you enjoy them.<BR><BR>OH, I nearly forgot!! I saw crocuses in bloom (purple and yellow) next to my neighbor's back door today. I was walking to church when they caught my eye. I couldn't helped myself, so I "trespassed" over to get a better look!!!<BR><BR><BR>Spring is waking up the winter-weary world <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>!!!
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Postby Harvestar » Sun Mar 07, 2004 1:17 pm

Oh, crocuses! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> My mom ususally sends me a digital picture of their first ones. I wonder with the warm weather if any are poking their heads out. <BR><BR>
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Postby Arwen_Sol » Mon Mar 08, 2004 4:29 am

Happy Spring everyone! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> I haven't popped in here in a while~ sorry for the lapse but I've been feeling a bit out of sorts lately but I think my spirit might be picking up with the turning of seasons. <BR><BR>Oh I wish I had a green thumb, but unfortunately the only things that I can grow are the plants where you just really need to add water every few days. However, that does mean I have a lovely display of bamboo and money-plant year round and just seeing that fresh green colour in the middle of winter is a picker-upper <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>I like daffodils~ they're gorgeous! I think my favourite will always be those little daisies, buttercups you see growing on the side of the road. I know they're weeds, but there's something about them, a little shy and sweet that I love~<BR><BR>Namarie,<BR>*~Arwen
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Postby Lady_Galadriel786 » Wed Mar 10, 2004 12:15 pm

Oooh.... roses for me! White and yellow and peach... And lilies-of-the-valley, and snowdrops, and African violets, and bluebells... it goes on. I love gardening! It's one of my favourite hobbies, and because my mother loves it too, we tend to have quite a riot of colour in our garden come springtime!<BR><BR>
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Postby Harvestar » Mon Mar 15, 2004 5:17 pm

While gardens in the desert are hard to do, I did go hiking on Saturday. It's not the greatest year for wildflowers here as we're in a draught, but there were a few out. Here's my webpage with my pictures:<BR><BR><a href='http://thorn.as.arizona.edu/~kak/Pictures/Nature/Spring2004/' target=_blank>Harvi's wildflower pictures</a><BR><BR>The Mexican poppies are so delicate a flower to grow in such a harsh environment - they really are a wonder. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>And do check out the sunset pictures at the bottom of the page... AMAZING evening! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby Lady_Galadriel786 » Wed Mar 17, 2004 12:40 pm

Harvestar, those pics are gorgeous... I LOVE sunsets!
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Postby Hero's Song » Wed Mar 17, 2004 3:52 pm

Wow, Harvester! I never thought I'd care much for the desert, but those flower pics were amazing! The sunset was awesome, too. <BR><BR>I am so jealous. Just when we had some nice weather last week, it turned cold and we had snow the last two days <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0>. It seems like spring will never come (whines)!! <BR><BR>I know it will because despite the inch or two of snow, my daffodils are still growing taller and my red peony shoots are showing <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>.
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Postby vison » Thu Mar 25, 2004 11:53 am

Hello, everyone. I just "found" this place thanks to a kind pointer from another thread.<BR><BR>I first read Anne of Green Gables when I was about 8 or 9, and have read it a zillion times since. It is Montgomery's masterpiece. Her other stories are lovely, but Green Gables is a true classic, ageless.<BR><BR>We have a friend who is a relative of Lucy Maud's! Neato, eh? Only he's never read any of the books.<BR><BR>A few years ago we were in PEI and I went to the Park that is Green Gables. There were four Japanese couples getting married there that day, and dozens of other Japanese tourists were roaming around. I guess you all know that Anne is VERY popular in Japan.<BR><BR>The house looks like the Green Gables that LM described in her books, but it made me smile to realize that a lot of the people wandering around thought that Anne had really lived there! There was her famous broken slate, and many other "relics" of her life.<BR><BR>Still, on the wall was photograph of Lucy Maud Montgomery as a little girl, when she first came there to live with her grandparents. She was a little, wide-eyed thing, her expression was one of sadness and longing, and I thought, "Why, that's how she saw Anne!" The various filmic versions of Anne have been a mixed bag, some very good and some awful, but never once have I ever felt that the films caught the winsome sadness and loneliness of that little girl.<BR><BR>She is often seen as "feisty" and of course, she did some "feisty" things. But think of her first drive home with Matthew and how she poured out all the longings of her little lonely heart, starved for love, starved for beauty. I've read the part where Matthew dies about a million times and I weep like a fool every time to this day and I'm almost 60 years old. What a lovely man he was, instinctively loving that child. A true kindred spirit for her. <BR><BR>This is lovely for me, to talk about one of the books I've loved so long. Montgomery and Laura Ingalls Wilder were mainstays of my bookshelves in all my growing up years, and they still are. My nine year old grandson is working his way through the Little House books, he just finished Farmer Boy and really enjoyed it. He admired Almanzo's appetite!
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Postby Harvestar » Thu Mar 25, 2004 2:05 pm

Thank you for the compliments. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> I too was surprised at the loveliness of the desert. <BR><BR>vison,<BR><BR>Welcome to the Guild! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> I'm glad you found us! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> I too grew up on both those series... though for some reason never got through Farmer Boy - I guess I was too anxious to see how Laura and Mary were doing. Need to pick that back up sometime! <BR><BR>I envy your trip to PEI! That's one place I soooo want to get to someday! I did a Persona Speech in high school on Maud. (those are where you speak as if you are that person - telling about their lives and thoughts) It was very interesting to learn about her. And thank you for the insight about her from the photograph. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>
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Postby Elf-princessButtercup » Thu Mar 25, 2004 11:02 pm

Wow, it's been a long time since I've visited this thread. Not really much to say...<BR><BR>Well, for my Canadian History class this semester one of our required readings was <em>Rilla of Ingleside</em>! And this is at a second-third year university level! This made me happy for two reasons: 1)Having read it twice already I could just skim it over, reducing the numbers of novels I had to read for my various courses and 2)I like the book. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> Many of the girls in my seminar were gushing over its 'cuteness' and how sad they were that Walter dies, it was both sweet and humerous at the same time.<BR><BR>I'd love to go to PEI some day. That is where my parents went for their honeymoon and my mother has told me that it is very beautiful.<BR><BR>Edit: oops! How rude of me! Welcome to the Guild, vision! <BR><BR>~Buttercup~
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