Well, I think I have become quite besotted, with our Alice and ;
‘Alice in Wonderland’ (1865) and of course the Author; Lewis Carroll and his sequel; ‘Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There.’ (1872)
What remains the most significant memory of mine of the books of Lewis Carroll and Alice? To me, it will always be ‘the Mad Hatters Tea Party’!
These amazing, characters and wonderful tales of Alice down the rabbit hole and the wonderful adventures she encounters.
These beautiful books are available to us and also the gorgeous array of merchandise available for us to celebrate with and enjoy and to remind us of the amazing, inventive, gifted, imagination, of the Author.
Lewis Carroll !
Beautiful books, beautiful things, that can actually fuel our pleasure, our delight and our imaginations as well.
If we let them! Mmmm… well, yes let’s let them, why not!!?
Whittard, Chelsea, have the most amazing merchandise , all about our Alice!
Lewis Carroll, was born in 1832 in the parish of Daresbury, Cheshire and died in 1898 , his given name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgeson.
He was the third child of eleven, born to Charles Dodgeson, Archdeacon and his wife Frances, and from what I have read, (references at end of post), in a nurturing quiet environment.
Also from what I have read, he seemed to enjoy, nature and imaginings; the possible, imagined lives of the creatures in the gardens, in the fields, well everywhere.
He was an extremely clever man, not only an author but a mathematician, photographer and a church deacon, although especially famous for his books about Alice, he was a proliferate writer and a poet.
Many of us in our childhood wondered about the animals, birds, insects that lived or visited our gardens. Did we imagine and enjoy imagining their lives?
Did we hope to find the toadstool and the ring of flowers where the fairies had gathered the night before? Did we enjoy imagining and then hoping/ believing, (just a itsy bit! ) that some of it was true?
Well, yes, we did, Of course we did, I did!
We spent our childhood living imaginary lives, escaping into our books, our comics, our toys, our dolls, our swords, our love of interacting and playing, whatever captured, our imagination!
Games we would play with our friends in the neighbourhood, imagined scenarios , tree houses, hide and seek places, river swimming holes, swimming in the sea, our glorious sea and white beaches, digging and playing and sand castles, laughing, sharing secrets and then as the night falls:
Our real life enveloping us, dragging us back to a yummy tea and bed,
so the end of our adventurous day!
Well, let’s talk more about Alice!
The illustrations in; ‘Alice in Wonderland ‘and the Sequel; ‘Through the Looking Glass and what Alice Found There’, were created by John Tenniel, he was an English Illustrator and a principal, political cartoonist for the Punch magazine for fifty years. (Wikipedia).
These gorgeous illustrations can be found on lots of merchandise, beautiful fine china teapots, cups and mugs, tea caddies, of course our precious Tea and much more! They are whimsical and quirky and so much fun.
To be enjoyed at a tea party, a garden party, a fair, wherever your imagination would like to take you!
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Wherever your imagination takes you!
I have found these glorious Kettles and with the checks it so reminds me of Alice. what do you think!?
Have a look at this, I just love it, what does it remind you of;
Mmm… wonderful, reminds me of Alice, what do you think.
This picture has been taken from the magazine;
Landscape. Sept/Oct 2017
Beautiful, the magazine tells you just how to create this beautiful table centre piece, or just perhaps, a decorative influence in your home. Old bottles, sheet music, old letters, keys, watches, beautiful, decorative and most importantly, memorable pieces.
These beautiful decorative bottles could play centre stage on your table in your themed celebration of ‘all things Alice’, for your child’s Birthday Party, Garden Party, etc.
To the Pleasure of Tea and Indulging in Whimsical Dreams and Memories!
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