Every week I’m going to feature a photo I have taken ( Or indeed that you have taken 🙂 ) as my Alice Pic of the week. I’ve been a fan of Alice In Wonderland since I was a little girl and still have my copy of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass that my Mum bought me to read when I was bedridden with measles aged nine. Feeling sorry for myself , I was at least comforted a little by the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat. 🙂
Todays Alice Pic Of The Week is of the Mad Hatters Tea Room in Whitby.I can just imagine sipping tea and indulging in cake at the long sturdy table. It is situated in the La Rosa hotel , a Victorian cliff top terrace overlooking Whitby and the sea. Think quirky b&b in a Curiousity shop. And Lewis Carrol actually resided here ( before its La Rosa days) when he stayed in Whitby.:) I have spent a night in this enchanting hotel too! If you have’nt caught my post do have a nosy ~ La Rosa and Whitby 🙂
Have you ever stopped anywhere `Wonderland ‘ inspired? If you have why not email me a photo to email@example.com and I will feature it in a future Alice Pic Of The Week post. 🙂
As a young girl i remember losing myself in the story of Alice and her adventures in Wonderland and ~ Through the looking glass. I have had a fondness for the magical tales ever since. 🙂 With this in mind I thought I would feature a pic of something Wonderland inspired every week. Todays pic is simply of a copy of the book itself which i came accross recently on a rainy day in my favourite tea rooms Callooh Callay. ~ which you will have to visit if your ever in my home town.:-) They are Alice in Wonderland themed after all. I imagine lots of my pics will end up being taken there. 🙂 But you can contribute too ! If you have taken any photos on your travels of anything Alice Inspired send me one and some details about it to ~ firstname.lastname@example.org and I will feature it as an Alice Pic Of The Week.
If you happen to be indulging in a touch of retail therapy in Manchester City Centre and you suddenly find yourself in need of a lovely cup of tea and a sublime slice of cake………then I know just the place to go. The decadently decorated Richmond Tea Rooms are situated just a few minutes walk from Piccadilly Gardens. Head for the brightly coloured flags of The Village and they can be found hidden up an unassuming side street in
between Bloom St and Canal St. Don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse of the White Rabbit from Alice In Wonderland hurrying in the same direction. 🙂
Once inside you do kind of feel like Alice when she fell down the rabbit hole. The tea rooms are brimming with pictures and curio’s inspired by Lewis Carroll’s beloved tale. Eat Me and Drink me are written above the counter. Glass bowls of beautiful hydrangeas and hyacinths adorn the window sills.
My friends and I were seated at a little table to the side of the counter by a friendly member of staff as it was very busy just before mid day on a Saturday. We all decided that a lunch of sandwiches, tea and cakes would be just the thing. I opted for tasty honey roast ham as my sandwiches filling and a tall glass of refreshing Iced Tea. Gill ordered the same with a pot of rose petal tea and Arwen decided on salmon & cream cheese sandwiches. All were served on pretty vintage crockery.
We had spied the tempting looking cake display when we walked in so it was impossible to resist its allure. 😉
I loved my Opulent Oreo Cheese Cake topped with strawberries. Gill enjoyed hers too and Arwen was impressed with her slice of Boston Cream Cake. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmm.
As you can probably guess I could have stopped there all day drinking in the quirky atmosphere and trying out all those deliciously decadent cake creations. There was hitting the shops to be done however! Just before we left a tea party of Alice’s sat down at a table near the window. I managed to take a sneaky pic . They all looked the part. 🙂
I’ve written this post as January’s entry in the #take12trips challenge.
Janet from the blog Words That Can Be Your Own recently organised a Thrifty Christmas Gift swap. I really enjoyed participating and the parcel I received from Leanne was just gorgeous. I managed to save it to open on Christmas day….with some reluctance I must say. Leanne must have done her homework as the prezzies she sent were all very me.
There were a couple of lovely decorations for my tree which are now adorning said tree of course.
A pretty wooden heart with the words Sunshine Always Follows the Rain inscribed on it.
A really useful little wooden make up mirror which will come in very useful on my summer camping trips. 🙂
A retro Drumstick lolly scented car air freshener which actually does smell like a real drumstick lolly.
A couple of cute coasters which say Cake Cake We Want More Cake on them. Yes my weakness is certainly cake!
A darling little Alice In Wonderland badge which I wore on Christmas Day. 🙂
Continuing with the Alice theme, an amazing Alice animation negative framed print. This is so thoughtful as for my birthday this year I had a Alice themed/vintage tea party. 🙂
Leanne also sent me a very cute handmade card which I love.
All in all I was thoroughly spoiled and I must say Leanne’s parcel was my favorite one to open on Christmas day. Thank you Leanne and thanks Janet. x 🙂
ps you can read about what I sent my recipicant Kate HERE
I love cake of course and I’m a big puss cat fan, so when I celebrated my BIG Birthday last week I had to have an amazing Birthday cake….or two. 🙂
I was lucky enough to celebrate with a vintage tea party at my favorite Alice In Wonderland inspired tea rooms Callooh! Callay!in my home town. They made me a fabulous chocolate cake with candy pink and white striped icing and a very handsome purple Cheshire cat on top. He was even grinning. 🙂 I was glad they limited the number of candles!
A couple of days later I went with my family to a lovely country pub in the nearby village of Downham for even more celebrations. This time my sister Yvonne and my friend Becky surprised me with yet another amazing cake!
This very cute cake was made by a new little bakery , VANILLAin Clitheroe who bake bespoke cake creations and cup cakes. Look at all the thought that was put into the design. All my friends and family know I have an obsession with vintage china and tea cups. So this delicious chocolate ( yes I adore chocolate too! ) cake was made in the shape of a tea cup and saucer. There is a darling kitty inside the cup and a little owl on the base. The Owl and the Pussycat! There are also tiny sea shells made from icing, decorating the base. I adore the sea side. My loved ones know me so well!
As I was celebrating a BIG Birthday this month I decided to treat myself and my friends to a vintage tea party at my favorite tea rooms Callooh Callay in Clitheroe. Callooh Callay is of course a line in the poem ‘Jabberwocky’ featured in ‘Alice Through The Looking Glass.’
Oh Frabjous Day, Callooh! Callay!
So to tie in with the Wonderland theme of the tea rooms I asked my friends to dress either in Vintage clothes ( any era), tea dresses or characters from Alice In Wonderland. I was going to have my own Mad Hatters Tea Party !
Before the party my friend Becky and sister Yvonne came over to mine to get ready and we enjoyed a couple of glasses of Babysham garnished with cocktail cherries. How very retro 🙂
We all wore outfits inspired by the 1950’s. Becky bought a very swishy swing dress adorned with red cherries, I wore a polka dotted version of a wiggle dress and Yvonne found a cute tea dress off ebay.
For the tea party we were served delicious sandwiches and quiche on china cake stands, tasty chicken waldorf salad and butternut squosh salad and then a sublime selection of cakes ~ scones with clotted cream and jam, Bakewell tart and chocolate brownies. Callooh Callay doesn’t serve alcohol but you can bring your own for private parties , so I made sure to buy in some fizz. 🙂
My friends all looked so beautiful and really made an effort which was fantastic. I had an amazing time. Look at my cake !
Liz at Callooh! Callay! and her staff did a fabulous job of making my Very Merry UnBirthday Party an evening to remember. There was such attention to detail ~ silly party games,a fun quiz, Giant tissue flowers, Alice In Wonderland animation playing on a big screen etc. I suspect I missed some of the decoration as I was having such an amazing time. Thank you Callooh ! Callay !
This evening I have mostly been making a few teacup candles, purchasing a pair of red Ruby Shoo shoes off Amazon and deciding which dress I should wear to my upcoming birthday Vintage Tea Party. Its been a rather pleasant way to spend a few hours. 🙂
At the weekend I went on the hunt for something to wear for my birthday celebrations . Having booked my fave vintage tea rooms Callooh ! Callay! and sent out invites with a rather broad dress code ~ tea dress, vintage ( any era) or Alice In Wonderland inspired, I realised I didn’t actually have anything to wear myself. Oooops!
My first port of call was as luck would have it , a Crafty Vintage Fair in my local town. I was quickly drawn to this pretty purple tea dress at the Psychotic Monkey stall which was a bargain at only £12-50. I had to snap it up !
I had more shopping plans however. Aranged to catch the train into Darwen with my friend Becky and our other halves as Becky had discovered a wonderful little vintage clothes shop there the previous weekend called My Vintage Having deposited the boys at the pub we spent a good hour perusing the rails at this excellent little boutique. I must have tried on over ten different dresses ! The store owner was very helpful and didn’t mind at all. In the end I decided i would really go for it and bought a black and white polka dot 1950’s style Wiggle dress. 🙂
I had also really loved a very quirky vintage inspired dress covered in ……….cats! It had a bit of an Alice In Wonderland feel about it i thought. Think the lady at the shop was most delighted when i went back for it. My lovely boyfriend having discovered how cheap pints are in Darwen decided to pay for both dresses as a birthday present. Hurrah !
You can probably guess that the dress I have actually decided to wear to my birthday tea party is………… the polka dot wiggle dress! Im going to be brave and attempt to look a bit glam. The red Ruby Shoo shoes I have ordered should hopefully look perfect with it. I shall take a photo for you when they arrive. 🙂
I am sure I will get lots of wear out of the other fab frocks I bought too. Have already got plans to wear the quirky cat creation at my next craft fair. Miaow!
Saturday afternoon I met up with a friend for a brew, a natter and a scout round a vintage fair. The Chic Vintage Fair was held in the St Marys Centre in Clitheroe and was packed to the rafters with glorious vintage homewares,clothing and collectables. Its always fun mooching round these types of events as you often spot something that reminds you of your childhood. I get ridiculously nostalgic when I glance upon a slideshow View Finder or a Mr Frosty slush maker!
And you also come accross unique gift ideas when people get crafty with their vintage. 🙂
After the fair my friend and I went to the Exchange Coffee Company for a brew. She was short on time so after she left for home I couldn’t resist on going back and buying a string of pearls for a friends birthday and this beauty for my bedroom.
Then as I ambled home I couldn’t resist bobbing into Callooh Callay on Moor lane for a nosy in the Curiousity shop upstairs.
And yes you guessed it ……. I treated myself to a slice of Bakewell tart in the tearooms downstairs. Naughty but nice. 😛
I just had to nip into Callooh! Callay! today for a cuppa and a piece of ravishing Rocky Road on the way home from work. Well it was pouring down with rain.What better place to shelter than a quirky tearooms/vintage shop? 🙂
Callooh! Callay! is situated on Moor lane in Clitheroe, Lancashire. Drop by for a brew some time.x
This post represents day 28 in the Blog Every Day in May challenge.
I’ve been nosying through my old copy of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass quite a lot recently. The plan is to have a Mad Hatters type tea party to celebrate my birthday later in the year. There is a quirky Alice inspired tea rooms called ‘Callooh! Callay! near where I live , which I have booked already.Talk about organized!
So my fantasy dinner party would actually be a tea party and my fantasy guests ( other than my lovely friends ) would probably be a motley crew of Wonderland characters. The Mad Hatter would be there of course no doubt dipping his pocket watch in his tea and I would save a place for the Dodo because he looks so distinguished. I adore cats so the Cheshire cat, or at least his grin :), could sample a jam tart or two.There should definitely be some royalty so maybe The King and Queen of Hearts could reside over the proceedings.Maybe not The Red Queen as she seems a little to generous with her execution orders. The Birthday girl would like to keep her head. I would ask the Lion and the Unicorn as long as they don’t fight to much for the crown…….and they must provide Plum cake.I would be chuffed to see a rocking horse fly and maybe a bread and butterfly at the table. And Alice too accompanied by the lovely doe eyed fawn. In fact everyone should pull up a chair!
As for the menu ~~there will be lots of tea and cake of course. Researching the stories, the food in Alice and Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass is not terribly exciting…..but i’m sure it could be adapted. Plenty of bread and butter appears,Turtle soup ( hmmm maybe not! ),Mutton Pie,Plum Pudding,Comfits,Tarts and er dry biscuits. I’m quite liking the sound of Looking Glass Cake though that divides itself into portions when served. 🙂
Alcohol is even mentioned a couple of times. Here is an odd little rhyme :
Then Fill up the glasses with treacle and ink,
Or anything else that is pleasant to drink;
Mix sand with the cider, and wool with the wine-
And welcome Queen Alice with ninety-times-nine!
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