Today Was A Good Day

Well it was except for being attacked by a mad rabbit…
…and then finding a dead rat only six inches from my bare foot when taking in the washing in the dark. Day one. Another nine to go.

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Alice in Wonderland is an activity trail for youngsters in the RHS garden at Wisley. Inspired by the Lewis Carroll novel first published 150 years ago, the Top Terrace takes you on a journey into Wonderland. At one end is the Queen of Heart’s geometric red and white garden, mushroom sculptures pop up through the bedding and the White Rabbit directs you towards dream-like Wonderland. I had a great time discovering the ‘Alice’ sculptures on one of the hottest days this year!

The Queen of Hearts
The Queen of Hearts

Today was a good day

WPC asks you to create a slideshow using Mesh. As someone who doesn’t use APPS or indeed have a smart phone and who is paranoid about sharing too much data with anyone or anything in the public sphere, I have used the slideshow that comes with WP. Suits me fine and a change from my usual galleries.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

67 thoughts on “Today Was A Good Day”

  1. Youngsters? Quite wasted on sprogs, Jude! 🙂 The Hatter looks so much like Johnny Depp! Your slide show works really well in this scenario. You’re having far too much fun for somebody who’s supposed to be pet-sitting! Or were you counting the dormouse in the care package? Love the pics 🙂

    1. Don’t speak to me about pets! I thought looking after the grandchildren last year was hard work, but at least they could feed themselves 🙂

      Actually apart from the rabbit with personality issues it’s not too bad, once feeding /cleaning duties are done the day is mine! BUT I do hope that Indy (the cat) doesn’t catch any more rats (or mice). Urghhh…

        1. Ah, but you deal with real pets. BIG ones! I’m just worried that Peanut won’t return to the hutch and then the fox will get him. Imagine explaining that to the grandchildren. I’d be forever the ‘Rabbit Killer’.

  2. Really? A mad rabbit?!! Not a bunny!!

    Great photos. I can see why everyone like the Cheshire Cat, but I’m a Queen of Hearts fan. She makes me laugh 🙂

  3. What a cool place to visit!
    Good idea to use a slideshow in place of Mesh. I was considering the same thing, as I don’t have a smartphone either — and I’ve seen so many dreadful iphone photos that I would have to be desperate to use it as a camera.

    1. I don’t know why they are promoting Mesh. Is it a WP APP or something? The slideshow or even the gallery works perfectly OK, but maybe not on a phone? I rarely use my phone (texts and occasional calls or as an alarm clock!). I’d rather put my money into a proper camera.

  4. The mention of a mad rabbit in the first sentence dragged in. I should have guessed. 🙂
    This place would appeal to children and adults alike, I should think.

    1. Adults mostly I guess, I bet not many children read the classics any more, and besides most of these were tots. But they loved clambering all over Alice!

  5. It looks like a lot of fun. It’s a classic book. Wonderland was a place I loved roaming about in as a child, although sometimes I feel I never really left.

  6. Slide show works really well Jude I agree about mesh I just skimmed straight by when they said it was an app…
    Lovely walk into wonderland. There’s a similar themed garden in the Hunter Valley that I hope to visit again later this year. Your pet sitting sounds “fun”!!!

    1. Mmm… not sure I like your definition of ‘fun’ PP 😉
      Do you ever have to look after rabbits in your house-sitting duties? I suspect rabbits, like cats, are not popular in Australia.

      I hope you get to the Hunter Valley.

    1. It is forever changing Elaine. I was very pleasantly surprised by what I saw on Friday. Must try and go back at the end of the week to see the rest!

        1. It’s a big place though so fairly easy to avoid the kids as most mums head for the play area and the glasshouse / fruit mound. Not so many along the long borders or the wild garden as they aren’t so buggy friendly. Even out of school holidays it is a major attraction for child-minders!

        2. My daughter is a child-minder so I know the drill well! And then of course there are all the Surrey yummy mummies 😉

  7. What fantastic sculptures, Jude. Loved your slideshow, although it did bring back memories of my childhood nightmare which occurred after reading ‘Alice Through The Looking Glass’. 😯 At least you weren’t attacked by the Mad Hatter, and a dead rat is 100% better than the other kind. 🙂

    1. I was never a fan of the Alice stories. I can see how they’d give a child nightmares! We are on to Rat #2 now 😦

  8. I love the queen, and it looks as if you might too: she even features in that glorious header. It was worth waiting for – the slide show refused to work on iPad although I had whatever I needed enabled. Alice looking at the leering Cheshire cat is a great shot.

    1. The Alice shot was so difficult, I could only just get both of them in frame without something else getting in the way (not to mention all the someones!). Yes, I did like the queen, she was splendid among the roses 🙂

  9. Well, I am reading your posts backwards, so I see I am well behind with your news here Jude! Mad rabbits, Mad Hatters, dead rats? Yikes!! 😮 Lovely slideshow and what a gorgeous day, hot, hot hot. I don’t know what Mesh is…WP slideshows are great, love them 🙂

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