Sunday, 30 August 2009

Alice: trying to get back to her roots

The Rose: Just what species or, shall we say, genus are you, my dear?

Alice: Well, I guess you would call me... genus, humanus... Alice.

Queen of Hearts: Now, where do you come from?

Alice: Well, I'm trying to find my way home . . .

Alice: Oh, no, no. I was just hoping
that you could help me find my way.

Cheshire Cat: Well that depends on where you want to get to.

Daisy: What kind of a garden do you come from?

Alice: Oh, I don't come from any garden.
Daisy: Do you suppose she's a wildflower?

Alice: If I had a world of my own,
everything would be nonsense.
Nothing would be what it is
because everything would be what it isn't.
And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn't be,
and what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?

Mad Hatter: Would you like a little more tea?

Alice: Well, I haven't had any yet, so I can't very well take more.
March Hare: Ah, you mean you can't very well take less.
Mad Hatter: Yes. You can always take more than nothing.

Alice's Shop

Cheshire Cat: If I were looking for a white rabbit,
I'd ask the Mad Hatter.

Alice: The Mad Hatter? Oh, no no no...

White Rabbit: I'm late / I'm late /
For a very important date.
/ No time to say "Hello." / Goodbye.
/ I'm late, I'm late, I'm late.

After transatlantic travel, and considerable delay,
Alice finally makes it from California to Oxford.
Thanks to ArtSpark Theatre
for the inspiration
and loan of Alice.


Anne said...

Ha! What fun!

Celeste Maia said...


"What do you know about this business?" the King said to Alice.
"Nothing," said Alice.
"Nothing whatever?" persisted the King.
"Nothing whatever," said Alice.
(chapter 12)

A Woman Of No Importance said...

Charming, Bee! I love Alice in Wonderland for all its mad charm, and I love this. Thank you! x

Beth said...

"If you'll believe in me,
I'll believe in you..."
Excellent post! Loved it.
(And Lewis Carroll.)

steven said...

bee - how cool!!! as i skipped from words to pictures and back again and then let the words roll around in my head - a good thing to do after coffee - i tried to think when i read alice. i couldn't remember but i think i have. so i shall!! thanks for the trippy start to my day. steven

Isabel said...

Awesome, Bee! I bet Alice was surprised she now has her own shop ;)

I wonder where I should take Susan's Alice...hmmm...she's becoming restless inside that envelope on top of my desk :)

Tracy Golightly-Garcia said...

Wonderful!!! Growing up I loved the Alice in Wonderland book and movie. As always-thank you for sharing.
Tracy :)

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Just charming!

Margaret Gosden said...

Beautifully done! The combination of the original drawing and photographs links the dialogue nicely to the photographs.

Nancy said...


willow said...

I've enjoyed Alice's travels!

♥ Boomer ♥ said...

Awwwwwwww .... ♥♥♥♥

Boomer Baby Bliss. Have a beauty of a day! Rest up!

Coffee Messiah said...

Nicely done!


julochka said...

before i met you, i would have found this post very surprising. now, it doesn't surprise me at all. :-) you go alice!!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful! Glad to see Alice out and about. Finally got good weather over in Oxford, MA.

And like that shoppe, I do! Cheers!

mouse (aka kimy) said...


obviously wolfe had it wrong, you can go home again!

there's a gift shop I'd like to stroll through!

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

Love it!

Reminds me of Flat Stanley... do the kids do that in England? Roxi's travelled from Texas to Paris, lucky fellow.

kristina said...

this is lovely Bee, how sweet and funny!

jane said...

this is perfect! i love it!! am off to read more! i´m glad you visited because now i´ve found yours! besos-jane

♥ Braja said...

How imaginative and wonderful....:))

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

This was fun. I needed this today. I always think of Alice in the cooler months - never in summer. Summer doesn't seem cozy enough to include the Wonderland. Thanks for ringing in the new season with one of my favorite characters.

SE'LAH... said...

very cute. what an enjoyable post.

one love.

Polly said...

thanks for this trip to Oxford with Alice, I loved it, great idea. And you must have had so much fun preparing this post.

Reya Mellicker said...

This is GREAT! If you ask me the whole world has gone down the rabbit hole since the book was written. It's all absurdist theater, isn't it?

Thanks for making me smile, Bee!

Alyson (New England Living) said...

Alice is my all time favorite fictional character! I've always loved her. Could have something to do with the fact that when I was little, I thought it was called "Alyson Wonderland". It sort of sounds like that actually. I'm also very happy that the Disney movie kept a lot of lines from the book.

Have you seen that Tim Burton has a version of "Alice in Wonderland" coming out early next year? I can hardly wait because I adore Alice and I adore Burton.

Loved this post! So fun to read those lines again and the photos that went along were simply perfect.

Stacy Nyikos said...

I am transfixed by Alice in Wonderland. It is the plotless wonder! A riddle within a riddle, and it has never been out of print. Cool that you found a new way to have such fun with such a memorable character!

Tessa said...

This is an absolute gem, Bee! Alice is one of my very favourite characters and this post is sheer delight! (ArtSpark is brilliant, too, isn't she?) Your clever photographs remind me of the tale of the Cottingley Fairies...I longed for it to be true, that fairies really do exist. Alas it was all the work of two very creative young ladies!

I've been catching up on all your posts - and what a delight it has been. Oh, and the next time you blog campers visit Stonehenge, do please come and visit me here at South Down for a meal and a bottle or three of the good grape!

La Belette Rouge said...

I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE Alice's travels with you. And, I need an Alice 'Drink me" cup. Cute!!!

Meri said...

Delightful! I hope Alice enjoyed her flight.

sinnlighet said...

Oh my.... I like like like your blog & your pic's!! Amazing!!

Regards from Agneta in Sweden

Jan said...

Great posting, Bee! Glad to visit again, especially as Alice is an all time favourite!

Dick said...

What a delightful visual and verbal journey, Bee!

linda said...

wht fun that was! as for late, that's me getting to comment here but better than never ... this was great fun wandering with alice and friends... I so enjoyed your post on miss potter as well, my favorite children's book writer of all time! very interesting how her life went in the end...I would imagine that having that much land in those days, for a woman, was unheard of, which makes me smile :)

blessings to you...

Bee said...

Thanks to everyone who commented here. I've been down the rabbit hole of getting-ready-for-school this week and very much OFF BLOG.

I am off to Oxford with the girls today . . . hopefully, we will spy Alice!

B said...

Yay! I say these great photos make the uncomfortable shoes worth it! Really, really like them!

Christina said...

Is that your Alice?! I adore her! This is such fun. And your flower photos here... they are love.

blackbird said...

What a delight to find that Alice had been to visit you. I'm sure that she feels right at home.

Shaista said...

I really enjoyed this journey with Alice - thankyou :)