Alice’s Twinkling Winter’s Tale

Twinkle Tales

or Alice in Winterland

 a short story

for all the believers among us

( a Daily Post WordPress Prompt – Twinkle)

 

” Oh  my!” thought Miss Alice Beamish, after having finished off the bottle that said Drink Me, “Rabbit has been busy!!”Rabbithole

The whole warren was filled with a rather erratic mess of Christmas lights that looked as though they had been caught and dragged by his foot as he hurried through on his eternal journey of non- punctuality.

On the other side, the first thing she saw in winterland was a unicorn.  He tossed his mane and stamped his displeasure at being disturbed – especially by such a wide eyed, silly,  and heavy footed creature, who crunched the pristine, holy silence of the snow path and chomped loudly on Eat Me cookies.

unicornchristmassig
If you believe in me then I shall certainly believe in you!

“Keep going,” he said impatiently, “Jack is somewhere at the end of the winter forest, but don’t fall onto the lake lest you slide off the edge of nowhere. ”

…..The north wind blew a deep bassoon between the trees and hanging icicles swayed and played a somewhat discordant percussion as Alice followed her way on the path fearlessly. Just before she reached the frozen, glass lake, she noticed a funny little gnome peering out from behind the frosty brambles just as Unicorn had said!…..

there you are Jack
Why, there you are Jack!!

(PS: this little gnome just appeared while I was playing with the ice fractals)

“It’s right over there,” said Jack who pointed his frozen nose in the direction of the garden gate because he could not untangle his crystallized fingers from the lace of ice. “It might be a good idea to put on sun glasses before you go inside -and by the way, there is a toll booth of course.  It’s the Queen’s Way after all.”

The King ( could be the Queen!) – Loreena Mckennitt- a traditional old English Christmas ballad

And so Miss Twinkle  entered the dazzling wonderland of Butchart Gardens and went ice skating on the enchanted snail pond.

gateway-TWINKLE
Gate to the Italian Garden
tunnel-TWINKLE
rose arbour

Hoping this cheers you as it does me!  Thank you again Miss T,  otherwise known as Pickles (sweet and sour), for being my sparkler and ever curiouser Alice!!

and more of Alice’s winter wonderland story here

The wonderful 12 Days of Christmas at Butchart Gardens will be open until Jan 6/15

and link to more christmas and music here

and still more Alice here

Some Information:  the animations were done with Gimp, and Butchart Gardens are located in Victoria, BC, a colonial town named after the famous Queen of the old empire.

a few more magical scenes added

45 Comments Add yours

  1. milliethom says:

    A delightful and magical story, so well told. The music is lovely and suits the theme well and your glittering and twinkling pictures are just simply beautiful.

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    1. so glad it twinkled for you!! Thank you so much Millie!

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  2. I love this, Cybele. You’re so gifted 🙂 I’ve just sent the link to it to my daughter and grandchildren, as I know they adore magical things.

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    1. I’m very pleased you like it Sarah!! Thank you so much for walking through Winter Wonderland here on the island!!

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  3. dbp49 says:

    A lovely Christmas page, very beautifully designed, and the Loreena McKennitt tune was wonderful. Merry Christmas.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the little fairy tale David!! Merry Christmas to you friend!!

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  4. I adore your magical sparkling icicle tale. I’d love to be skating in wonderland. How do you make your sparkling artwork Cybele? They’re beautiful! 🙂

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    1. thank you so much moongirl!! I use gimp sometimes and make layers for animations and sometimes you can also get plugins you can edit as with the snow! Blessings!!

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  5. What a wonderful story, with absolutely enchanting artwork. When I thought it couldn’t get any better, you shared a really beautiful song with us. Thanks so much! Best wishes,
    Naomi

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it Naomi!! Blessings to you too this season.

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  6. joshi daniel says:

    glittering and colorful 🙂

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    1. thanks Joshi!! Glad you came by!

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  7. Aquileana says:

    Beautiful Cybele … And the feature is so dreamy! ⭐
    Thanks for sharing. Sending you all my best wishes!. Aquileana 😀

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    1. you are a dear Aquileana!! Thank you! Many blessings of the season to you too!!

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  8. So much fun 🙂 Your animations are wonderful! The gardens are completely magical and I really love how you’ve captured the skaters 😀

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    1. Many thanks and season’s blessings Sarah!! I’m glad you enjoyed the little excursion!!

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  9. suej says:

    Oh, great, Cybele! As you know, I love your photography, and this post is great with the story woven around the images! 😀😀

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    1. thanks so much Sue- a bit of fun with storytelling that I love.

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  10. Amy says:

    Beautiful story, music, and stunning photos! Thank you so much for this magnificent winter wonderland post!

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    1. thank you so much for the read and lovely comment Amy!!

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  11. I absolutely love this Christmas version of one of my favourite stories. 🙂

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    1. I’m absolutely thrilled that you like it!! Thanks so much Sylvia!

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  12. Magical! 🙂 Loved it, both text and photos. Big hugs, Cybele.

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    1. Thank you so much Lizzie!! It brightened me up a little!!

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  13. svtakeiteasy says:

    Oh Cybele your work is so beautiful: evocative writing and magical photography! Chris

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    1. thanks so much Chris for such a wonderful comment!!!

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  14. scotia2014 says:

    Love it,,,utterly magical !!

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    1. you brought a twinkling smile!!

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  15. Such a lovely story accompanied by such magnificent pictures. It’s such fun to fantasize about the snow and ice (as long as that’s all it is). And I saw him — I saw your little gnome! Oh my goodness! One of these days I should go back to trying to learn how to use gimp. I can be so lazy sometimes! 😆

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    1. Thanks so much Linda!! I’m glad you wandered through my twinkle world!! I use Photoshop mainly these days but used to use Gimp which is a very good freebie software.

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  16. Maria F. says:

    I just love your photography, and stories along with them!

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    1. So glad you came by Maria!! Thank you!

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  17. Mark Simms says:

    Love the Unicorn…..fantastical and festive!

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    1. thanks so much Mark for dropping by my winter wonderland!

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  18. Hi Cybele, I love the overall presentation which is so festive looking and cheerful. The story is nice and I will take a look at the link to read more.

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    1. thanks Michelle and yes do come back!! Season’s greetings to you!!

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  19. DG MARYOGA says:

    Thanks Cybele dear for fixing the link and for opening the gates to this magical world of the twinkling lights and to the Butchart Gardens with the sparkling stars!Loved the magical holy light in the frozen forest and the tangled iced branches!You caught me in your ice fractals,I feel entranced,the old English ballad is playing ♩♪♫♬… ,the North wind stopped blowing,all is so quiet and magical in the Winterland with Alice and the unicorn …

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    1. your magical replies are always enhance the story Doda!! A thousand thanks!

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      1. DG MARYOGA says:

        While I’m reading your stories I become one with the characters;also the light on your images exude elation and a magical power …Many thanks too for appreciating my efforts to show you how I feel!

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      2. Thank you so much Doda for all your support and encouragement.

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