Green Gables

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How romantic is this?  My mother’s family rented and even owned this cottage on Big Lake for a short time. She was staying here when she met my father.

She and he rented it when they were first married. Friends came by for a “belling,” where they roust you out of your bed on your wedding night, but Mom and Dad had already escaped to a boat they rowed out into the lake. They could hear the ruckus on shore.

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We saw that the windows have been taken out. Probably being salvaged. The cottage has been unlivable for a long time, but it will be sad to find it gone some day.

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The shore in front of the cabin. It used to be sandy. We swam at the public beach here when I was a kid.

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There were lots of geese hanging out on the old beach, which is now grassed over.

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