Nothing can beat Bonfire Night in the country. I absolutely adore bonfire night, it’s one of my favourite things to look forward to each year and makes me feel so content.
It all goes back to my childhood, when I was 7 and still living in Dorset we went to a massive bonfire on a farm. I remember it being such an icy cold night, really clear with no clouds. The cold air against my cheek in stark contrast to the amazing heat coming from the bonfire. You could see the stars in the midnight blue sky, they shone so brightly!
The hosts had wrapped baking potatoes in tin foil and put them around the base of the bonfire, it was a BIG bonfire, the crackle of the fire, the smell of the baking potatoes which we simply cut open and and ate straight out of the foil with butter; hot tomato soup in mugs, sparklers. That my friends, was a good night. One that has stayed with me all these years.
Does anyone remember the video’s we used to watch in school in the 80’s about making sure you hold your sparkler with a gloved hand? Well they were very effective and I still remember with horror the poor girl with her bandaged hand, so obviously it did a good job.
We made sure the kids were wrapped up warm and had their gloves on and had to hope they stayed on. Master H’s gloves are sharks from Joules that my Mum got him for Christmas last year.
This year we had 2 bonfire nights which meant later nights than usual for our swet kids. It was also the first time we took Master H and Little Miss to our local organised display Yeovil Fireworks Extravaganza 2015.
I was really excited to go and loved bumping into our friends Roberta, Eddie, Miss F and Miss H and an old church friend Di. As usual Jon saw 9,844,440 people he knew, he’s such a local lad.
The kids found the noise and sheer amount of people overwhelming and were overtired from the walk from where we had parked our car. We only stayed for half of the fireworks which were amazing and started at 8pm, so it was a little disappointing but our kids are usually snoring by 7pm and paired with the previous late night it was never going to go with a bang, excuse the pun!
Anna and Elsa from Frozen were there at the Western Gazette stand, I thought the girls who had dressed up looked fantastic, thank goodness the queue wasn’t too big for a 2 year old girl who LOVES those princesses something fierce! She looked abit overwhelmed to be meeting her fave princesses.
On 5th November (actual Bonfire Night) we went to Jon’s parents and his side of the family all came out to celebrate with BBQ beef burgers, hot dogs, chicken burgers and a small bonfire, which gave off some tremendous heat after Steve (Jon’s dad) threw diesel on it to get it going!
The kids loved being with their aunties Deb and Allison and cousins Liv and Nat. We had fireworks and sparklers and called it a successful night.
What do you do for bonfire night, do you have any traditions or things you eat each year? For me the intimate family bonfire won the day.
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