Friday, June 25, 2010

A Mad Tea Party Hosted by Vanessa at A Fancifull Feast

An ATC for you to keep!

Follow me down the rabbit hole and learn secrets yet untold!

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Carroll was many things... a mad man with a brilliant imagination

He followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and entered the clergy however not without many years of turmoil. He truly believed he was a worthless sinner and even declined ordainment while teaching at Christ Church. He was the only one to ever decline the offer of Priesthood who was allowed to remain a professor in this institution.

Another ATC for you to enjoy... what other secrets will Alice employ?

Lewis  Carroll kept diaries as many did in the time and in these were many secrets that after his death some tired to conceal forever...

There is speculation as to the contents of the missing pages from the diaries. One page in particular June 27th 1863: it has been suggested that on this page Carroll talks of his actually proposing marriage to Alice Liddell whom at the time was 11 years of age.

One must remember that in Victorian times it was permissible for a girl to marry at the age of twelve.

These marriages still take place today in other parts of the world depending on culture, context and or the era.

This being said... there is no permissible evidence this ever actually took place.

Another theory is that Mrs Liddell herself removed this page from the diary as it indicated a relationship between Carroll and the governess of the Liddell home.

Although Carroll denied the Alice books being about Alice Liddell the poem at the end of Through The Looking Glass spells her name.

Edith, Lorina, and Alice Liddell

During Victorian times photos of children especially when in the nude were considered a sign of good fortune and purity.

A bird house in my garden find... disguised
as a cat... oh how sublime!

The book titled "Wouldn't It Be Murder" is one of my very favorites. It is a talk presented to the Lewis Carroll Society of North America at it's first meeting in Canada on May 12, 1990
by Joseph A. Brabant with wood engravings and an Epilogue by George A. Walker. 
Toronto The Cheshire Cat Press 1999

This little green book on the left was the very first book I was ever given as a gift. It was from my Uncle who has since passed. It was the beginning of a facination that has only grown stronger with a land and characters that were easy to fall in love with.

This one was recommended to me by a blog follower and I have finally gotten the local library to find it for me so I can get to reading it! I  am looking very much forward to reading this one!

OFF WITH OUR HEADS... I hope you enjoyed your visit to my version of the Mad Tea Party hosted by A Fanciful Twist. To see more Tea Parties just visit this link Vanessa at A fanciful Twist and you shall enjoy madness beyond your wildest imaginings~


  1. Beautiful post..and awesoome tribue to Lc!Fabulous photos and info..spectacular!So lovely you ahve that special book to cherish! I love your cat birdhouse..unique and hilarious!! Have a magical night and thanks for such a magical journey!!

  2. That was great! I love the birdhouse.

    Have a frabjous day! Kelly

  3. Oh, Michele! That was an ABSOLUTELY GREAT post!! I think it's one that I will reread again (and maybe again and again). FANTASTIC!!!!

  4. Hello Michele,

    I think this is a great party post ! I knew some things about Lewis Caroll, but the facts about the diaries were new to me. Very interesting and intriguing. It makes me curious to read more...

    greetings from Belgium
    feel welcome at my party : I also have a blog give away...

  5. wow... that was an awesomely FULL post!
    Love it!

  6. Such interesting information....I never knew much about Lewis Carroll. The "tea party" song is fab!

  7. This was very interesting! Thank you! I've had a wonderful time visiting you. Have a wonderful weekend! Twyla

  8. I so much enjoyed your lovely teaparty!
    want to check out my funny party?

  9. Thank you for the knowledge. There were a lot of things about Lewis Carroll I did not know.
    Please come by our tea party when you get a chance!
    We'd love to have you,

  10. Oh so lovely! the vintage photos are amazing.. Gosh, you went to so much effort... I feel lazy now!!!
    Hope you hve a great week.

  11. Thanks ever so much for stopping by earlier. I so enjoyed your visit. And thankyou for the invite to tea at your place. I've had the most marvellous time! Very interesting...with some lovely shots of young Alice.
    May your tea cup always be full.

  12. Hooray...what a simply inspired visit...thankyou so much for having me x

  13. This was a fascinating read! Thank you for all the information and for the tea. I hope you'll join me for a spot, too!


    Sheila :-)