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Friday, June 27, 2008

I'm Late! I'm Late, for a Very Important Date!"

It's time for a Mad Tea Party!

"Oh, my ears and whiskers, how late it's getting!"

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"No wonder you're late. Why, this watch is exactly two days slow.

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What better place for a mad tea party than a garden?

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"Oh, but that's nonsense. Flowers can't talk."

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"Of course we can talk, my dear."
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"If there's anyone worth talking to..."

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"...or about!"

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"You can learn a lot of things from flowers."

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So, let's go down into the cool shade of the garden.....

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"Children yet, the tale to hear,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Lovingly shall nestle near.

In a Wonderland they lie,
Dreaming as the days go by,
Dreaming as the summers die"

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Wait, who's that creeping up?

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Said Alice, "I don't even know what a Mock Turtle is."

"It's the thing Mock Turtle Soup is made from," said the Queen.

"I never saw one, or heard of one," said Alice.Why did you call him Tortoise, if he wasn't one?"

"We called him Tortoise because he taught us," said the Mock Turtle angrily: "really you are very dull!'

"In that direction,lives a Hatter:"

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"And in that direction, lives a March Hare. Visit either you like: they're both mad."

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Be careful; the queen in this garden is quite mad too...
"Who's been painting my roses red? WHO'S BEEN PAINTING MY ROSES RED? Who dares to taint with vulgar paint the royal flower bed? For painting my roses red Someone will lose his head.

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"Do you care for tea?"

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"Why, yes. I'm very fond of tea. "

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"If you don't care for tea, you could at least make polite conversation!"

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"When I get home I shall write a book about this place... "

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So they sat on, with closed eyes, and half believed themselves in Wonderland, though each knew she had but to open them again, and all would change to dull reality--the grass would be only rustling in the wind, and the pool rippling to the waving of the reeds--the rattling teacups would change to tinkling sheep- bells, and the Queen's shrill cries to the voice of the shepherd boy--and the sneeze of the baby, the shriek of the Gryphon, and all the other queer noises, would change (they knew) to the confused clamour of the busy world in the distance...

Lastly, they pictured themselves how these same sisters would, in the after-time, be themselves grown women; and how they would keep, through all their riper years, the simple and loving hearts of thier childhood: and how they would gather about them other little children, and make THEIR eyes bright and eager with many a strange tale, perhaps even with the dream of Wonderland of long ago: and how they would feel with all their simple sorrows, and find a pleasure in all their simple joys, remembering their own child-lives, and the happy summer days.

"Why don't you start at the begining? Yes and when you reach the end... Stop."


somepinkflowers said...

how i love your little tea story!


i hope your watch
in NOT two days slow!
you will miss my give-a-way in
celebration of Vanessa's #201 posing!

here are somepinksnacks
for your wonderful appointed tea table.

when you have a moment
do pop over to my blog
and enter the drawing there...

it was so much fun
to met you and the two sisters.
{{ so charming and
such GOOD manners! }}

Sherri said...

Pleased to meet you. Your garden is so lovely. Thank you for the snacks and good conversation.

Elizabeth said...

Thank you for inviting me to your magic party!
you are very creative and wonderful.

Kathryn Costa said...

Oh I want to go and sit in your beautiful garden and share tea and snacks at the table. I do promise to make polite conversation. I have bauble surprises and party hats for everyone. Do stop by. Thanks for playing!

stampandscrap@mail.com said...

great story . Love the photos

artbrat said...

What a glorious garden for an unbirthday party! I loved the poetic line about the queen. To funny. Thanks for the adventureous stop today.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

What a wonderful WonderLand!
And what a treat to hear talking flowers and see a Mock Turtle!
Very nice to meet you!

*jean* said...

(clap clap clap clap clap) Bravo, my dear, well done!! (clap clap clap clap) I heard some of the flowers in my garden talking about how they would like to come and visit next time....

we especially like your beautiful dishes and those lovely hats the girls had on...

Teacup Mosaics said...

I heard my flowers talking about your beautful pictures of their distant relatives. Great post!

Sherry said...

Ah the tea story was a delight and your garden is so refreshing. It's pouring with rain in mine so if you don't mind, I'll pull up a chair, sip on some tea and just relax here for awhile. And then I really must head on over to Vanessa's...as I'm playing too!

Anonymous said...

Hi Alberta,
You are a fun girl! Colorful and magic! So is your hatted assistant.
A toast to Fun and Whimsy.
Your gardens are astonishing!

Unknown said...

Ohhhhhhhh, this was the best best party. Your tea story and characters are beautiful and so is your garden. Mr. Mock Turtle is so cute, and I am so glad that you invited him too. Karen

Anastasia said...

what a fun celebration! so nice to have met you at the party!

Flassie's Fil'a said...

Wow! You put together such a
Fabulous Party! So cleaver how
you put this all togther!

Love the hats the girls are
wearing and the way they are
posing for the photos!

Thank You So Much for the special invitation to join in this special Unbirthday Party! So sweet of you to invite me!

I'm having a cup of tea as I am writing this.

Just the other day I watched Alice in Wonderland. I had forgotton how
wonderful it was.

I made carrot cake for my dd's
birthday June 15th.

For years when I was a child I
use to dream of falling into a
spiral swiriling downward and
I would land into this beautiful

When my kids were young and we
were visiting my family we got
together and had and unbirthday
party for the kids and friends.

I'm Late, I'm Late, I'm late and
now I must be off to look for
Rabbit Foot Clover amoungst
the Wildflowers!

Thanks again! I had a lovely time,
spending it here with you in your
beautiful garden!

The Girl's are delightful and
the Mock turtle and the Rabbit
are such a fabulous part of the

God Bless Your Creative Lives
and the Lives of Girl's!!!

Unknown said...

Beautiful Party!!!

Unknown said...

Oh, my goodness what an absolutely beautiful garden, lucky you!!! The tea party looked delightful...embarassed girls and all...LOL!!! They were so cute in their hats drinking tea. Well, I don't know if they were embarassed or not, but I know I would've been at that age. Very cute story.

bluemuf said...

Thank you for a wonderful trip through wonderland. You have a beautiful garden


Laura Bray said...

I love the story-telling. Beautiful pictures. I must go call my sisters now! Thanks for stopping by my blog. You danced beautifully!

Anonymous said...

LOVE the hats!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

OH!! How wonderful!!!! Thank you over the moon, for that lovely lovely visit! The girls are charming!! Annnd, I did here a secret told by a whispering flower!! ;) It's delightful beautiful day!!!

Anonymous said...

Amusing Muses!
Divine Tea time at your place, loved the garden photo's.

A spot of tea my lady heehee.

Loved the unbirthday card, how unique!

Tea party friends, party at my blog stop in for a glass of wine!

Anonymous said...

Great party! Love the little girls in the forest; they're having a great time!

mommyholly said...

Beautiful party post!! So magical and I love the flowers... I think they were chatting with me as I passed.. :) xo!

Chi said...

Lovely garden. I heard the flowers whispering to me...

Anonymous said...

How lovely to start the tea party with a visit and some chatting in your garden.

Happy to meet you.

Anonymous said...

Happy day to you! Love your tea party photos and a lovely garden setting.

Mandy Saile said...

what a wonderful little story, it really drew me in and I just loved the use of the old Alice in Wonderland tale, what I good ideal. Thanks, I enjoyed your party today, Mandy of Bijou's Whimsy.

gma said...

Ah simple pleasures and happy summer days! Your photographs and story are lovely.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful!! Happy to have stopped by on my way to Vanessa's!!
PS- Great minds etc. with the watch!!

Lola Enchanted said...

Lovely garden and lovely girls in pretty hats!!!!
Very nice post!~

Marilyn said...

What a lovely time I've had at your tea party! Beauty and prose and two sweet ladies...thanks so much!

Altered Route said...

Wonderful Garden and Photos!....and a very clever way to put them together for a fun Party!!!

Rhondi said...

SUch a lovely tea party and beautiful garden. I'm gkad I camt to visit.

Lisa Kettell said...

The Queen of Hearts had some Tarts...
Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat, How I wonder where my Tea Cup is At", my little extension of the Mad tea Party. LOL.
I love love your story, so glad I was invited for tea in this magical garden, wonderful post and enchanting images!

Shell said...

I wanted to stop by and have tea. I know well that flowers talk, I love to go and talk to my trees. They are very wise and kind. Thank u for having a magical tea party.

Anonymous said...

Oh...I really love your post. Your garden is absolutely amazing and the girls are so lovely...

Thank you for a wonderful visit!


TheMagicBartender said...

Happy Mad TEA Party!!
Nice to meet You!

I'm tryin' to gain 20lbs @ this party!!
Cheers, Sue `*>~[

suze said...

Love your garden!

One Crabapple said...

What a BEautiful Garden and lovely tea I have had while trying to choose which path to take....Your models are sweet ! and I love rosey china for TEA !

You even had THE KIND OF WATCH ! oh no, you are not late....just stunning and bright !

One Crabapple said...

oh and YES to answer your question - It's SAFE TO DANCE the Safety Dance ! xo-S

One Crabapple said...

oopZ and one more thing. LOVE THOSE HATS

Dapoppins said...

Wonderful enchanted garden!

Anonymous said...

We were searching for the Looking Glass when we spotted the rabbit hole and here we are in this verdant paradise. What a lovely garden! I am so enjoying strolling about the party and hearing marvelous stories like yours. Thank you!

Kristin said...

beautiful pictures...I love the hats..very creative!!

Flassie's Fil'a said...

I put something together this afternoon up on my blog to get in on the fun.

God Bless You and Yours!!!

Anonymous said...

What gorgeous flowers! I love the hydrangea..for some reason we haven't been able to grow them at our place...perfect words to go along with your garden photos!

KE said...

What a beautiful psrty!!!!!


Mel said...

And I'm late in commenting! But I was here earlier in the day and enjoyed the scenery and the scrumptious refreshments.

inge said...

you do have lovely flowers in your garden !!
i bet the girls will cherish these moments !

Inge ( from Belgium)

Giggles said...

Just beautiful....I love a garden party and was a wonderful garden it is! Full of my favorite blooms!

Happy Hatter day Giggles

Brook said...

what a beautiful tea! I love your garden!

Lisa said...

Oh this was wonderful! How fun!

curious and curiouser... said...

What a wonderful story! And your garden ~ gorgeous!!!

Gabriela said...


Thank you so much for your visit and kind comments. You certainly put together a great party!

~ Gabriela ~

Cindy said...

Enchanting indeed!


3rdEyeMuse said...

gorgeous photo's and what a delightful tea party! ... sorry to arrive so late … we dropped from exhaustion last night, so thought we’d continue the rounds today and offer to help with the clean up duties. feel free to put us to work.

it was nice to meet you and hope to see you again soon! ~M~

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous garden to hold a party in! And two lovely girls sipping their tea among the angelic garden sculptures:) I'm making the rounds, visiting all of the guests as I wasn't able to yesterday. But the festivities are continuing this weekend at Vanessa's so stick around for the evening BBQ and dance!

{Daydreamer} said...

We had an absolutely fantabulous time. Thanks for sharing the photos with us.

Daydreamer :)

Rascallion said...

Oh I'm late! (In my typical fashion, I must be related to that rabbit!)

Lovely party, thanks for all the creative inspiration. Perhaps we shall meet again someday.

Anonymous said...

what a fun addition to the party. :)

queengilda said...

*gasp*! your pictures and story was so pretty!!! i love that little tea table you had.

Irma's Rose Cottage said...

Loved your tea party. Sorry for being so late. I'm still partying. Please drop by for some cake.

Irma :)

Lorraine said...

thanks for your great comments on my blog Ava & Alberta..I have been looking at your beautiful garden..you are very lucky people and I can imagine that I am at your tea party even though I am the other side of the Atlantic..hope everyone had a great mad time.

Erin Glee said...

Beautiful garden photos and lovely lemon tea...thank you ever so much!

nancy said...

A breathtaking trip!
Thank you.

violette said...

what a wonderful magic tea party.....oh i so wanted to be there in person!

Love, violette

Unknown said...

I have just sat and read the tea party srory with it's beautiful garden setting........It was wonderful and slightly indulgent to be able to loose myself completely for a while!
Thank you for sharing your delights with us

Marit said...

Visiting your tea party two years later * I'm late, oh dear, I'm very late...* but enjoyed it very much! Thanks Kathy!!! (and yes, I like to believe we are kindred spirits - can I say I love you?!)

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