|dress: handmade by me|
|entrance to the victorian town|
|horse and cart around the victorian streets|
|incline lift, which we took up to the top of the hill for a forest walk|
|cardigan: george @asda // rabbit necklace : topshop|
|some of the amusing signage in the window of the printer's|
|on the steam-powered carousel|
|the mad hatter's tea party|
|inside the doctor's surgery|
|window display of the haberdashery|
|the door into wonderland|
on saturday, i took my youngest sister to blists hill victorian town, one of the museums near ironbridge gorge, partly because neither of us had been there for years, and also because she had discovered there was an alice in wonderland theme to the bank holiday weekend, and she wanted to take part in the mad hatter's tea party (as did i!)..
we both decided to dress up - i dug out the alice-print prom dress i made several years ago, and with some skilful lacing up of the back, and the help of a few safety pins, i managed to get it small enough to stay up without having to do any major alterations..i took a heart-shaped bag from topshop, and added a rabbit necklace, also topshop, as well as some blue bow flat shoes from irregular choice, as i knew there would be a lot of cobbles / grass to walk on..
we enjoyed plenty of performances based on the stories of alice in wonderland, and were able to join in with the mad hatter's tea party, whcih was great fun..and also managed to fit in a good amount of site-seeing around the victorian town, there was heaps to see even without the alice extras - we could change our money into shillings at the bank when we got in, and then go around the various shops, including woodturner, printer, bakery, post office, haberdasher etc, and spend our 'old money' on their wares, as well as at the restaurant and the fairground, and then exchange back what we hadn't spent at the end of the day..
we had a lovely day, despite a couple of rain showers, and there was more than enough to keep us occupied - as it's relatively close to my town, i know i went to blists hill when i was in school, but i remember so little about the trip that it was nice to see some of the things again, and learn about some aspects of victorian daily life..and also lovely to spend a day with my little sis :)