We braved the weather last night to see Wonderland in Museum Gardens. Although it was bitterly cold, it wasn't raining, so P and I set off with Isabella and Ava, all swathed in our winter woollies for a jolly evening with an illuminated Alice, Mad Hatter, March Hare, Queen of Hearts et al. How wrong can you be? Maybe I just didn't read the publicity well enough but this was Vic Reeves' Wonderland, with added input from Blackpool Illuminations, absolutely nothing to do with the Lewis Carroll version!
|The man himself projected on the Yorkshire Museum|
|Attendee dancers projected onto abbey walls|
|More dancers beneath the changing lightshow|
Then there were pedal-powered glowing butterflies dotted around under trees, so the older kids could have a go...
...and a fabulously spreading old tree showering white light from its branches.
|Philip and Ava walk under tree|
|Pathway into the light|
Some of the trees had their foliage illuminated and I couldn't help having my design cap on thinking what a great sweater a close-up would make.
However, there were far too many people for little ones to really enjoy it, unless you were carrying them on your shoulders (not to be recommended for too long!) they couldn't see anything and all too soon it just became a boring disappointment for them. We decided to cut and run at this point and wrestled our way through the crowds to the back entrance, passing this gorgeous elephant on the way...
|I've always loved elephants|
...with the York wheel towering above everything looking majestic in the background.
... bringing Felix immediately to mind, as a longstanding VW camper van twitcher.
|Congrats to Sara & Tom|
All in all the children found Wonderland a bit of a damp squib. Maybe they were just too small, but actually P and I too found it pretty tacky in places, especially the big plastic unidentifiable insects? in the undergrowth. But the real disappointment was that we mistakenly thought we were attending an Alice extravaganza - and apparently we weren't the only ones making this error.
Looking through the pics this morning, I did find lots of colour inspiration - made me itch to get my paintbrushes out to capture some of the gorgeous hues. Is it possible to add a few more hours to every day please?