Beating time …

Alice Pleasance Liddell was the primary inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

The connection between Alice Liddell and this image is temporal but I am not permitted to say how, people get tetchy about time:

The Hatter said, tossing his head contemptuously. `I dare say you never even spoke to Time!’
`Perhaps not,’ Alice cautiously replied: `but I know I have to beat time when I learn music.’
`Ah! that accounts for it,’ said the Hatter. `He won’t stand beating. Now, if you only kept on good terms with him, he’d do almost anything you liked with the clock.

The other connection is that I cannot look at this image without being reminded of Charles Dodgon’s favourite young friend.  But for the vagaries of time and place it might have been Pamela’s Adventures in Wonderland.


I am biased of course – Pam is my wife who grew up to be like this.


  1. easyweimaraner · September 8, 2015

    My mother wanted such a hairstyle for me too and I loved it… sadly we visited the worst sheepshearer ever and I looked like a big bad full moon … I like your photo it’s a memory for me too :o)

  2. Cate Franklyn · September 8, 2015

    A beautiful child and now a gorgeous woman!

  3. janemorley2014 · September 8, 2015

    Delightful and intriguing interpretation of the theme northumbrianlight!

  4. socialbridge · September 9, 2015

    Oh you really got me with this beauty!

    • northumbrianlight · September 9, 2015

      Thanks Jean – the photograph was taken by Pam’s grandfather who was a keen photographer. Pam would like to point out that he insisted on ‘no smiling’, even on wedding photographs. Hence her sad expression 😦

      • socialbridge · September 9, 2015

        It’s a delightful shot with her eyes smiling!

  5. LaVagabonde · September 10, 2015

    Such a beautiful spirit in those young eyes.

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