Sunday, May 24, 2009

welcome to the jungle

Hello my darlings!
Things have been sort of insane lately
because I've been planning for my birthday party.
I've also just started working on a new photo series
based on Alice in Wonderland, of course. 
So here is some nonsensical inspiration for everyone, 
because sometimes, that's all that life requires.

The table was a large one, 
but the three were all crowded together at one corner. 
"No room! No room!" they cried out when they saw Alice coming.
"There's plenty of room!" said Alice indignantly, 
and she sat down in a large arm-chair at one end of the table.
"Have some wine," the March Hare said in an encouraging tone. 
Alice looked round the table, but there was nothing on it but tea. 
"I don't see any wine," she remarked.
"There isn't any," said the March Hare.
 "Then it wasn't very civil of you to offer it," said Alice angrily.
"It wasn't very civil of you to sit down without being invited," said the March Hare. 
"I didn't know it was your table," said Alice: "it's laid for a great many more than three."
"Your hair wants cutting," said the Hatter. 
He had been looking at Alice for some time with great curiosity, 
and this was his first speech.
 "You should learn not to make personal remarks,"
 Alice said with some severity: "It's very rude."
The Hatter opened his eyes very wide on hearing this;
 but all he said was, "Why is a raven like a writing desk?"
"Come, we shall have some fun now!" thought Alice.
 "I'm glad they've begun asking riddles- I believe I can guess that," she added aloud. 
"Do you mean that you think you can find out the answer to it?" said the march Hare.
 "Exactly so," said Alice.
"Then you should say what you mean," the March Hare went on. 
"I do," Alice hastily replied;
 "at least- at least I mean what I say- that's the same thing, you know."
"Not the same thing a bit!" said the Hatter.
 "Why, you might just as well say that 
'I see what I eat' is the same thing as 'I eat what I see'!"
"You might just as well say," added the March Hare,
 "that 'I like what I get' is the same thing as 'I get what I like'!"
"You might just as well say," added the Dormouse, 
which seemed to be talking in its sleep, "that 'I breathe when I sleep'
 is the same thing as 'I sleep when I breathe'!"
"It is the same thing with you," said the Hatter, 
and here the conversation dropped, and the party sat silent for a minute, 
while Alice thought over all she could remember about ravens and writing-desks, 
which wasn't much.
The Hatter was the first to break the silence.
 "What day of the month is it?" he said, turning to Alice: 
he had taken his watch out of his pocket, and was looking at it uneasily, 
shaking it every now and then, and holding it to his ear.
 Alice considered a little, and then said, "the fourth."
"Two days wrong!" sighed the Hatter.
 "I told you butter wouldn't suit the works!" he added,
 looking angrily at the March Hare.
 "It was the best butter," the March Hare meekly replied.
"Yes, but some crumbs must have got in as well,"
 the Hatter grumbled: "you shouldn't have put it in the bread-knife."
The March Hare took the watch and looked at it gloomily: 
then he dipped it into his cup of tea, and looked at it again:
but he could think of nothing better to say than his first remark, 
"It was the best butter, you know."

excerpt from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
All photos by the amazing Anna Gaskell

and also, the lovely and ever enchanting Charlotte from The Tea Drinking English Rose 
has given me an award, so I shall post that next! It means so much to me, dear!

Hope you're all having happy dreams.


Me in Wonderland said...

Alice! This scene Is one of my favorite, I also like when she has stuck into that little house..and the photos- they are so interesting and full of beauty. It is amazing how you always manage to find thease magnificent photographers.
And thank you for the nice words you said in my blog. You are a dear.

Coco said...

Oh, Alice! I love the story, I even bought a new T-shirt with her and I think this will be one of the proudest items in my closet. Lovely blog, by the way. X