Sunday, 4 November 2012

Oops! And Ahh!

I had completely forgotten about Story Telling Sunday! So here it is, a little late, but better late than never!

Smiley face fireworks!

This weekend we celebrated Bonfire Night. We have done this every year with the children, right from Ben's first one when he was only a couple of months old! As the children got older we used to meet up with our friends, Peter and Jane and their two boys, Mark and Colin. We would have a few fireworks in the back garden (and if it was at our house a bonfire with a Guy Fawkes sitting on top) and then have a barbecue (very cold at this time of year, so we would let the men do that and we would sit and have a glass of wine and chat indoors whilst the children played together!).

Anyway, time moved on, Peter and Jane divorced, but we kept up the ritual of Bonfire Night, only it was just Peter and Colin who came along.

Hugh with his bonfire this year - Ben and Colin watching on
As the boys got older they helped to set off the fireworks - yes, I know, it could be construed as dangerous, but we felt better for them to be doing it supervised by Hugh and Peter than going off and doing it by themselves!

Peter then found a lovely new wife, Maggie and she has joined us for a couple of bonfire nights now too. These are now all held at our house, as Peter and Maggie live 'up North' and they come back to Wickford to visit Colin and his brother fairly frequently.

However, this year they couldn't make it, so it was just Colin, Ben, Hugh, Penny and myself. Hugh, Penny and I had decided earlier in the year that we would go to the firework display in Wickford Memorial Park - it is a brilliant display and although we can see most of it from our back garden, it is much better if you actually go to the park! When we told Ben and Colin they asked if they could join us and then come back to our house to have a bonfire in our garden and some more fireworks that they would buy. Of course we said yes!
Me and Penny at the display waiting for it to start - Penny wears ear defenders as she can't cope with the noise!
Ben and Colin at the Memorial Park
So, we walked to the park (only a ten minute walk) and joined the hundreds of people there and saw a magnificent display. Hugh brought along his shooting stick to sit on as he was exhausted having spent all afternoon replacing some fence panels in the garden!
After the dispaly we strolled back home and I prepared a cheese fondue (Ben's request) which we really enjoyed, followed by a white chocolate and ginger mousse, courtesy of Penny! It was then back outside to enjoy our second set of fireworks and Hugh's mega bonfire.

 At least the bonfire he had this year didn't bring the police knocking on the door, but that is another story!

Thank you for joining me this Sunday. If you would like to read some more stories, then hop on over to Sian's blog, where you will find links to many, many more wonderful tales.


humel said...

I love those smiley fireworks - and the smiley faces of the watchers! Cheese fondue and white choc ginger mousse? Yum! Sounds like a fabulous evening all round :)

Amy said...

It sounds like a fantastic night! Would you believe, personal purchasing of fireworks is illegal in most states of Australia? Such a shame.

Missus Wookie said...

Sounds like a wonderful night - glad you got to do both the Wickford and home ones.

Due to trees and hills we can hear the various displays but only see glows or the occasional high flier.

Maria Ontiveros said...

We don't have "bonfire night" here. Off to google it and see what it's about.

Sian said...

I love this story because it's a different sort of a tale for me too - we don't have Bonfire Night over here, we just have Halloween. And for many years the purchase of personal fireworks was illegal here too. I've been to a few big displays, but never had any fireworks ourselves. It looks like a lot of fun!

Thanks for pulling this story together for us today Becky - a brilliant piece of reportage I think we'll call it :)

scrappyjacky said...

We always had a Bonfire party when our kids were little....but now just go to our town's annual Bonfire Parade.....your one sounds like great fun.

Irene said...

Wonderful firework photographs. The smily face one is fantastic. You have really captured the taste and smells of bonfire night, Becky. We didn't have one this year just a few sparklers. I missed the bonfire night food!

Alison said...

A great Bonfire Night tale Becky...I hadn't realised. QUITE how much Penny looks like you!
Alison xx

furrypig said...

great smiley firework! It sounds like a great tradition for bonfire night and a great tale

Anonymous said...

Looks like it was a lot of fun. Hmmm cheese fondue sounds yummy.

Chipper said...

I love bonfires, especially if they also involve eating toasted marshmallows! It looks like you all had a great time. It is always nice to see a tradition that lasts.

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Hi Becky ~

That photo of you and Penny is just adorable! This is a sweet story of tradition and friendship. Oh, and I just love a bonfire! xo

Abi said...

Looks like good fun. I love capturing firework pictures. I really want to hear that story you mentioned at the end. Next storytelling sunday?