|From 2016 09 07 Charlottetown|
Today's photo-of-the-day is from Green Gables, the homestead that inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery to write "Anne of Green Gables." Or more specifically, it's a photo of the path through the woods behind the house. These are the woods that Anne Shirley imagined were haunted. On a sunny day in September, the woods are more suited for a pleasant stroll. So we did just that.
"I can't go through the Haunted Wood, Marilla," cried Anne desperately.
"The Haunted Wood! Are you crazy? What under the canopy is the Haunted Wood?"
"The spruce wood over the brook," said Anne in a whisper.
"Fiddlesticks! There is no such thing as a haunted wood anywhere. Who has been telling you such stuff?"
"Nobody," confessed Anne. "Diana and I just imagined the wood was haunted. All the places around here are so--so--commonplace. We just got this up for our own amusement. We began it in April. A haunted wood is so very romantic, Marilla. We chose the spruce grove because it's so gloomy. Oh, we have imagined the most harrowing things. There's a white lady walks along the brook just about this time of the night and wrings her hands and utters wailing cries. She appears when there is to be a death in the family. And the ghost of a little murdered child haunts the corner up by Idlewild; it creeps up behind you and lays its cold fingers on your hand--so. Oh, Marilla, it gives me a shudder to think of it. And there's a headless man stalks up and down the path and skeletons glower at you between the boughs. Oh, Marilla, I wouldn't go through the Haunted Wood after dark now for anything. I'd be sure that white things would reach out from behind the trees and grab me."
Source: Anne of Green Gables .