About Alice

For the purposes of this blog, I’m going to be “Alice.” Not my real name, but as I’m the kind of person that shit tends to follow, I’d prefer not to give it something easy to stick to.

I suppose I’ve led a less-than-ordinary life since my late teens. I’ve travelled a fair bit, and made some extraordinary life decisions – all of which have moulded me into rather idiosyncratic personality. An acquired taste, perhaps … a bit like Marmite.

After 25 years of various attempts to label me, the powers that be have finally settled on a main dish of Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (of the Borderline type) with a side-order of Cyclothymia, a lesser-known (probably because few celebrities admit to having it …. although Stephen Fry does) relative of the Bipolar family.

The diagnosis doesn’t surprise me, and it probably explains why my life has been one series of “interesting” adventures after another since I left home. However, I am the single mother of a son, and I believe my increasingly frequent erratic behaviour may have had a profound effect on him; and for that reason only, I have agreed to address it as a problem (rather than an eccentricity) and proceed with treatment to rein me back in.

I am a woman in my late forties, I have a son and a dog, and we live in a leafier area of England. I have always worked since leaving home at the age of 18, so I guess that has made me a functioning, eccentric, emotionally unstable sufferer  patient  victim  pretty decent Person.

Things that make me HAPPY:

Cuddling my son; snowdrops; ham and pea soup; fluffy slippers; mud puddles; double rainbows; Jelly Bellys (with exceptions); the colour green; birdsong; malapropisms; Have I got News for You; walking in the countryside; laughing gas; QI; crazy Daisy the manic mongrel; large portions; the word “globular”: Poundland; winning on EBay; arty crafty stuff; My Parents are Aliens; trifle; dancing in my underwear when no one’s looking; rollmops; Michael MacIntyre; sleeping; wellies; and wine gums.

Things that make me SAD:

War, famine, disease, poverty, and injustice; espresso flavoured Jelly Bellys (what’s that about?); gossip; chaos; anything that costs more than a fiver; cigarette smoke; rice cakes; burst water pipes; perfect people; shopping malls; repeating myself; kiddy hissy fits; America’s Funniest Home Videos; repeating myself; fine dining; high heels; white trousers; unexpected jalapeno peppers; MOTs; unmarked police cars; being outbid on EBay; stubbing my toe; itchy blankets; txt spk (h8 it! h8 it! h8 it!); paper cuts; and losing my car keys.

I also like photography, which is probably not the best choice for someone who has occasional urges to indulge in crippling spending sprees. But, pertinent to this blog site, it was during one of these very urges, that I left work for lunch and returned with £900 + worth of camera equipment including a macro lens. Well! What a fascinating world there is beyond the naked eye!  Actually, that’s not quite true, because the things I capture through the macro lens can be seen by the naked eye …. we just tend not to look that closely.

This blog is an attempt to explore my own little part of Wonderland, as if through a macro lens, and see if anything comes to light that had never been looked at that closely before.

Welcome to my world …


54 thoughts on “About Alice

  1. Well, Alice — the original Wonderland wasn’t quite so bright and sunny. Just having reread it for the umptieth time, I was struck by how dark many of Alice’s adventures actually were.
    So I wish you good luck and all that —
    You have an excellent talisman in your witty and wicked sense of humor!

    • Trust me, my little part of Wonderland has its dark places too, but I do hope that my determination to stay on the side of humour does indeed ward off the demons as much as possible.

  2. HI Alice, I leafed through your pictures – and I like them. A lot.

    (Funny how the web works: I found your comment at Judith’s, followed the link, got glued to the monitor, just to discover she was here not too long ago.)

  3. In many ways, your self-description reminds me of my wife. You have my attention.

  4. Thanks for following my blog Alice and I am glad to now be following yours.. Hears to health and keeping on keeping on !

  5. Giving you well deserved recognition, in the form of a little game that was played with me, because I think you and this blog are amazing. 😀 http://serendipityplus.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1423&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2

  6. Apparently, the direct link I inserted in my comments here is not right. Sorry about that. Here’s the correct direct link. http://serendipityplus.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/tag-youre-it/. So sorry. :]

  7. Very well-written “About”; you sound like a pretty interesting person to me. Thanks for liking my photo challenge…it means a lot.

  8. Very cool idea and blog! I like your photos and wanted to ask you about your camera and lens- if you didn’t mind? I have been interested in micro for some time, but haven’t done anything about it. Your photos made me really want to figure out which lens to buy, so I could capture images better from this perspective. Thanks! = )

  9. Thank you for your kind comments about the photographs.
    You threw me for a minute because your name is VERY similar to someone I know, and I thought he was writing!
    I am not a professional photographer, although I like taking pictures. But you may find that other photographers cringe and think I’m a bit of a renegade, because I have little interest in or knowledge about all the fancy technical stuff ….. so I may not be the best to advise on equipment!

    Personally, I believe it’s more about having the eye for a picture, and I rely a lot on luck!

    I can’t afford fancy equipment, and the camera I used for most of the bug pictures was a Sony alpha 550. I use Sony only because I used to use a Minolta camera before digital, and the lenses are still compatible. No other reason than that – so I’m sure you’ll find other photographers who swear by other makes.
    Similarly, the macro lens is a Sony SAL30M28. Apparently, that means it’s a 30mm macro lens with a 2.8 f-stop. But, again, the technical stuff means little to me.
    I bought it because it was a reasonable price on EBay.!

    Sorry I can’t baffle you with a wide professional knowledge – but, like I said, if you have a good eye for a picture, I don’t think the equipment is as important as all that. Some people even post decent pictures taken on a phone! And, of course, there’s always Photoshop to help too 🙂

    Good luck with your ventures!

  10. Alice, I have nominated you for the Liebster Award because I love your blog! ~Rainey

    • Thank you so much, Rainey.
      I looked up that “liebster” means favourite, and I am humbled that you would consider me worthy of this.
      I know we have much in common from the “struggling” side of things, and you keep me going with your daily poetic insights and pictures.
      Speaking as one “pebble” to another, I think we both just need to be the best pebbles we can be 🙂

  11. Alice, I asked you to accept the Versatile Blogger Award. You can see it on my blog and more about this award at ~


    I enjoy your blogs!

  12. Thank you for following my blog. I just followed yours to find inspiration in your amazing photos. Cheers! 🙂

  13. Just wanted to say I really like the name of your blog. 🙂

  14. From the posts that i have seen so far your photos are stunning. I really like macro-photography and you take great macro shots. I hope to be back soon to see what else you have posted. Cheers

  15. Looks fascinating. Hope to see more of your photography.

  16. Thanks. See you again soon.

  17. SW/AWW

    Gorgeous photos–very jealous of your talent!
    Always nice to meet another QI-junkie!
    Through the Split Window

  18. Hi Alice … just discovered your very interesting blog, and I think I’ll hang around. Besides, you had me at ham and pea soup!

  19. I enjoy your blog so much that I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. http://satnavandcider.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/versatile-blogger-award-nominees/

  20. Hello! I found your blog via Being Julz and I am so wanting to know what camera and lens do you use to get these great macro shots! The little buggies seem to be posing just for you 🙂

  21. Like the fact that you don’t use your name which protects not only you, but your son as well. I have just started following your blog so look forward to seeing a lot more of your fantastic photos. You have a great skill with the camera.

  22. We’ve nominated your wonderful blog for some awards (should you choose to accept them)—in fact one of several, your pick 😉 See http://windagainstcurrent.com/2012/06/08/its-awards-time-again/

  23. jakesprinter

    Great page you have here my friend , I update my about page too LOL,
    More power to your blog 🙂

  24. Hi! Just stopping by to let you know I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award!


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  26. Just a quick note to let you know that I have nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger’s Award. See this post for morr info: http://theretiringsort.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1834&action=edit&message=10. If you choose not to accept, I certainly understand – but I hope this will bring you some new visitors, no matter what you decide. Thanks for your interesting posts! All the best.

  27. Dear Alice, I do so love your macro work that I’ve nominated you to receive the One Lovely Blog Award. I do hope you accept and nominate those whose blogs you enjoy. It is such a grand way to acknowledge the blogs we follow and learn about blogs we’ve never heard of before. Please check out http://iphonephotomaven.wordpress.com/awards/ to get information on how to accept and participate. The iPhonePhotoMaven herself (and also another boomer blog).

  28. Hi Alice, just wanted to let you know that I’ll be away for a couple of days, with no Internet access – so if you send any Camp NaNo messages, I’m not ignoring them; I just won’t see them earlier than Monday. Meanwhile, good luck writing! I’ll be in touch next week.

  29. Hi Alice,
    We’ve nominated you for the “Capture the Colour” contest. See details at http://windagainstcurrent.com/2012/08/27/capture-the-colour/. We’d love to see your photos in response to this challenge!

  30. I really enjoy those macro photos. At the moment I am ok with my cheap digital camera but I dont give up the plan to save for a camera with macro lens as well some day. It takes me just some time as there are other expansive hobbys like music instruments and so. By then I can stay tuned on your blog enjoy your macro photos 🙂

  31. Carl

    why don’t you write anymore? What’s Happening? Have you chosen to hide again? This time I won’t be able to find you.

  32. Alice, I hope all is well. Hopefully, you will feel like writing again soon. Hugs.

  33. Hi there,

    Just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the The Versatile Blogger Award. I hope this is welcome news to you. If you prefer not to accept the award, I certainly understand, but I hope you will visit the other nominees, and they will visit you, just the same. To see more about the award and accepting this nomination, please visit my post at http://wp.me/p1w5ra-H8. All the best!

  34. So much time without a post. Have you given up on them? Are you okay? Have things improved. You have come to my mind recently.

  35. Hi, Alice. I wanted to send you a personal message, but I couldn’t. I wished to ask you if you would give me permission to use one of your photos in a student journal. And please tell me what name should I us put in the participants list _would just “Alice” be alright?
    Thank you.

    • Hi Sina,
      So sorry I didn’t get back to you when you wrote this. As you can see I have not been adding to my blog for a long time, and your message must have got caught up in junk mail at my email notices.
      I hope you still went ahead and used the picture despite my silence. Which picture was it, by the way?
      And I trust your journal received positive feedback.
      Apologies for my oversight once again.
      Maybe this will prompt me to start back up again with the blog.

      • That’s a great news that you are not against using your photos in our journal. Actually your photos are so beautiful that I couldn’t resist on using one of them in our previous issue. I was hoping that you were not against it; although, we gave reference to you as its author. It was a picture of an amazing dew drop. I needed to use it with a haiku. The author of that haiku told me he loved your photo, I’m sure others felt the same way.
        We are going to give a link to your weblog on our Facebook page. That’s the least we can do to thank you. Here is the address: http://www.facebook.com/Derafsh.e.Mehr

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