Sudden Lunenburg Love Syndrome

Stole this heading from my new-found cousin (about 9 generations back), Charlie. He lives in Florida most of the year, but he and his wife, Linda, have a beautiful home  in Lunenburg, too, and we spent time exploring our mutual Langille ancestry over the past few weeks. Sadly, my month was over today, and it’s back to reality. Not that doing research isn’t “work”, but Lunenburg is just so incredibly beautiful, and such a welcoming and artistic town, that it was a most pleasant place to do that work. A highlight for me was meeting with the “Gallows Hill Writers”, a lovely group of writers (my landlord for the month, Gill Osmond, is part of this group) – we had tea at the art gallery of Joseph and Tela Purcell – their work is incredible! And if Tela is there, she’ll welcome you with open arms:)

Purcell Art Gallery

Purcell Art Gallery

I feel like I’ve accomplished what I set out to do – now it’s a matter of sitting down and figuring out how the story might come together, blending characters from 2014 with people in 1753, a challenge for sure. I took loads of pictures and here are a few that capture the essence of my month exploring the area. So long, lovely Lunenburg – I’ll be back!

Hearth, as it has been since 1805 in this authentic Cape

Hearth, as it has been since 1805 in this authentic Cape

Random mysterious cottage in the woods ...

Random mysterious cottage in the woods …

Sigh ...

Sigh …

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So easy to see why people from around the world fall in love with this town and end up becoming seasonal Lunenburgers.

So easy to see why people from around the world fall in love with this town and end up becoming seasonal Lunenburgers.

The Anglican Church (as featured in "Simon Birch" the movie inspired by John Irving's "A Prayer for Owen Meany"  - beautifully restored after being burned on Halloween in 2001, I believe).

The Anglican Church (as featured in “Simon Birch” the movie inspired by John Irving’s “A Prayer for Owen Meany” – beautifully restored after being burned on Halloween in 2001, I believe).

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One thought on “Sudden Lunenburg Love Syndrome

  1. Sounds like you got a lot of research done. Lunenburg looks like a wonderful place to spend some time. I do remember the church from the movie. Pleased to see it has been restored. It will be interesting to see how you pull it all together into a story.

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