The Birthday

So this is what happens when you are unemployed –ย #IMNOTTHEHOUSEKEEPER

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The reason for the fun colourful mess ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ is that yesterday it was Chatty’s birthday. ย Happy Birthday Chatty!! ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‚

Chatty has reached a very respectable age, but sadly like most people, had to go to work yesterday. ย I however did not, and we concocted a plan for her arrival home yesterday evening. ย It involved unexpected guests๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ญ, cake ๐Ÿฐ and some champagne ๐Ÿธ.

So at 5.30pm โŒš๏ธ Emma, Chesca and Olivia all turned up. ย This was quite excellent as Emma had come up from the countryside ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ„ and Chatty had no idea she was coming. ย Chesca brought the most marvellous cake ๐ŸŽ‚ (she is the most superb cake maker and decorator), it was decorated to look like a pony in a field. ย Reason being Chatty has a pony ๐Ÿด (ok fine, he’s a proper horse ๐ŸŽ) who she loves ๐Ÿ’—very much, so this was an excellent choice for her cake๐ŸŽ‚.

They then hid in the garden ๐ŸŒณ, and once Tom was home we had a practice run of the ‘surprise’ we had planned. ย Chatty was to arrive home, and we would entice her over to the window, and the others would pop up one by one in the window, and she would be very surprised by their presence and hopefully not keel over in fright (they are pretty scary ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™‰). ย And yes we are super cool…

Anyway it all went down splendidly, Chatty arrived home, they all jumped out and she was very excited to see everyone ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜ƒ. ย The best surprise of all was that once the cake ๐ŸŽ‚ was cut, we discovered inside a rabbit โค๏ธ๐Ÿฐ!! Not a real rabbit๐Ÿฐ, but the silhouette of a rabbit ๐Ÿฐ made out of brownie. ย It was super fun. ย The cake ๐Ÿฐ was delicious, chocolate ๐Ÿซ and orange ๐ŸŠ, gluten free, with mounds of icing. ย The grass icing ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒฑ was made with the special grass nozzle… obviously. ๐Ÿ˜‰

(and I did clear up the mess this morning…)

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Prepping for surprise preparations – a nice moscow mule
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Happy Birthday! Delightfulย Ruth Jackson card
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What a wonderful cake!
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Waiting to surprise!
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So happy! In her ME + EM jumper and pretty vintage scarf
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Rabbit revealed

So the other thing I did yesterday was go see the Alice in Wonderland ๐ŸŽ€ exhibition at the British Library ๐Ÿ“š.

I really like Alice in Wonderland ๐ŸŽ€ very much, and have rather a lot of Alice books ๐Ÿ“š. ย This, I think ๐Ÿ˜ณ, is not just because my name is Alice, I do really love the stories. ย ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ is my favourite, I like that it is set in a chess game โ—ป๏ธโ—ผ๏ธ, and I particularly enjoy The Red Queen’s โ™ฅ๏ธ matter of fact views and brusqueness ‘Have a biscuit’ ๐Ÿช, and that nothing ever quite makes sense. ย ‘The Annotated Alice‘ is really good for curious Alice lovers ย – Why is a raven like a writing desk ๐Ÿฆ?

So off I went – public transport this time๐Ÿšˆ, but not before I had put on a fun outfit, including my Alice in Wonderland ๐ŸŽ€ necklace! ย It also turns out I am quite bad at taking full length selfies:

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Need to learn to smile in selfies – N2 Alice in Wonderland necklace, The White Pepper unicorn clutch bag, Miss Selfridge jacket, Topshop pom pom shoes!!! and of course a Beyond Retro scrunchieย (which is giving me a bit of a Croydon facelift…)
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What I actually wore because it was freezing outside + I needed my headphones as I am a slight Belieber at the moment + my glasses so I can see things
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Super N2 necklace ๐Ÿ’•

The exhibition was small, but really enjoyable. ย THE most exciting thing was Lewis Carroll’s original Alice manuscript ๐Ÿ“– with his 37 illustrations ๐ŸŽจ. ย Also on display was Carroll’s diary ๐Ÿ“˜, open at the entry for 4th July 1862, the day he took the boat trip ๐Ÿšฃ down the river with the three Liddell girls. ย On the opposite page to this entry, there is a note he wrote at a later date, stating that this day was the first time he told the beginnings of the Alice in Wonderland tale to Alice Liddell. ย Really excitingly they have on display, the original woodblocks used for Tenniel‘s Alice illustrations. ย There were a number of other versions of Alice – I really liked ‘Alice in Wunderground and other Blits and Pieces’ by Michael Henry Barsley – a parody combining Alice’s adventures with the political situation at the beginning of World War II – including a lovely illustration of the Mad Hatter ๐ŸŽฉ and March Hare’s tea party reduced to rations from a basket labelled ‘Molotov’s Breadbasket’. ย It was rather fun to see actual copies of a 1949 edition illustrated by Leonard Weisgard in bright gouache and watercolours ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’›, and an edition with Arthur Rackhams‘s captivating illustrations.

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The British Library
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Alice!
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Rabbit
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Two Alice’s

I quickly nipped into the pop up shop which was full of Alice curiosities – best of all wereย mini bottles of fizzย ๐Ÿธ labelled ‘Drink Me’ (although ยฃ17 for one did seem rather a lot!) and some really fun Yinka Llori chairsย hanging from the ceiling in a very ‘Alice falling down the rabbit hole’ way, in the British Library gift shop.

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Fizz
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Yinka Lloriย Chairs ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™

Sadly photos of the Alice exhibition weren’t allowed – it is definitely worth a visit!

Alice xxx