Anne with an E Recap, Episode 5

Tightly knotted to a similar string

Or: Love. You use that word but let me show you what it means

Directed by Patricia Rozema

This episode steps us past the halfway point of the series…but it does it in such an outstanding way we can’t help but celebrate. Does it follow along the story of the book? Nope, but we talk about the deviations- Anne’s first period, Matthew’s former crush, a peek into the home life and struggles of Gibert Blythe- and how they were beautifully worked into iconic scenes like Anne’s first tea party and the gift of a grown-up dress with puffy sleeves.


“We’ll put that on the shownotes”

Anne with a Martini: Gritty and Pretty


Marinate one can of Royal Anne Cherries (of course) in two jars, one with chocolate vodka and the other with Amaretto or Triple Sec (a slight different taste), and reserve syrup in a third. Let sit in fridge for at least a few days.

Put as many marinated cherries into glass (for a snack, of course) and shake below with ice


Chocolate’d cherries

2 parts chocolate vodka

1 part marinating liquid

1 part juice from can


Amaretto’d cherries

1 park plain vodka

1 part marinating liquid

1 part syrup

This episode had so much going on! More creepiness from Mr. Phillips, more adorableness from Gilbert, and love was, actually, everywhere.

Love was even here in a roundabout way                                                                                                                                                                                             josch13 pixabay

Say “Yes” to the dress Matthew! Fatherly love


Beckett talked about the Craft Lit podcast, brilliant.

Beckett recommended this movie

BECKETT WAS RIGHT about the Cuthbert kids timeline. Michael was oldest, Matthew was baby.

1833- Michael born

1844- Matthew born

plus 11 (aprox age when Matthew had to leave school)

Michael was about 21 when he mysteriously died.


It feels as though we’ve sent you to the Museum of Menstruation once a month…for years! (It’s not the prettiest of websites but really, that’s fitting, isn’t it?)

To add to the Anne of Green Gables reading list (entire list on last episode)

Song of the Open Road and read more about Walt Whitman (on Shmoop)

Pickled green tomatoes recipes.

And no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention, this episode earned 10 glasses of Raspberry Cordial from both of us.



Episode 90: Q &A 2017

Would you ever have a fan as a guest host?”

“How on earth do you manage to read so many books so quickly?”

“Do your kids complain about the podcast?”

“How much time do you spend on research and prep a week?”

“What is the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow?” 

(And more…a LOT more.)

For the third time since we began the show in 2011 we put out a call for questions and from that delightful barrage we answered as many as possible in this episode.  We talk about a variety of subjects from how we met and The History Chick origin story, to several abstract “what if…,”, details about how we organize and research each episode and give you a little peek into the list where we pick our subjects from. Below you’ll find “We’ll put this on our shownotes” items!

How do I become a podcaster? Beckett broke it down to four things: Technical Aspects, Content, Persistence, Luck. While you’re pretty much on your own with the last three, for the first one, go to Helen Zaltzman’s website and check off her five points in her Adventures in Podcasting. Do NOT let people trick you into courses about the technical aspects of podcasting–there are plenty of successful, veteran podcasters willing to help you for free via posts like Helen’s (another must read is on Jamie Jeffers of The British History Podcast–amazing advice.)

Ben Franklin’s World with Liz Covart

16 Personalities and Typing Fictional Characters are the two sites we suggested during the Myers-Briggs personality test question.


Susan’s blanket fort

Special thanks to James Harper, and his band HARPER for the music in the show!