A few nights ago on Saturday, the 10th, we held our annual Guy Fawkes celebration. It’s an English tradition that Adrian wanted to carry on here, so we’ve been hosting our own “bonfire” night for the eleven years we’ve lived on our acreage. The event has grown and gotten better each year.
This year I was too busy having fun to take many pictures. Some of the ones below are from last year.
For those of you who want to learn more about what Guy Fawkes is all about you can go to THIS link. Basically though, Guy Fawkes is someone who, with co-conspirators, plotted to blow up parliament along with King James I in 1605. Before Guy Fawkes could succeed, however, he was caught, tortured and put to death. Then true to British form, his death has been celebrated every year since.
Part of the celebration is to put an effigy of Guy Fawkes on the fire. I didn’t get the picture of it this year, but this is our “Guy” from last year:
All year long we have several neighbours who add to our bonfire with any brush that they’ve cleared from their land. So that by November we have quite a large bonfire to light. Because it’s so big, the first 20 minutes or so of the lighting is what I call the “20 minutes of terror”. All of the dry dry stuff on top burns hot and huge, and I have images of the fire spreading. In the eleven years we’ve been doing it, we’ve never had an incident, but I’m not sure if it’s luck or skill on our part. This year, my terror was increased because it was windy at the time of the lighting.
This is the fire this year:
The photo was taken from where I was hiding because I was quaking in my shoes from fear. You can see how the wind is blowing it. Luckily, it quickly burned down and all was fine. Like I said, it only takes about twenty minutes, then the fire is nice and low, and manageable. But for me, it is a terrifying twenty minutes.
Another part of our celebration is the quad rides. Our neighbour brings his quad, and his son and friend pull the kids around the acreage. It’s a highlight for the kids, and we so appreciate this contribution. (This photo is also from last year.)
Because our Bonfire night falls around my birthday, my mom always brings a cake. It was a delicious carrot cake. Thanks, Mom!
Blurry photo of folks sitting around the fire this year.
Adrian sets up his outfitters tent with the wood burning stove inside. It’s a cozy place for the food and for those who get a chill. (this photo is also from last year)
My bit of decoration – a poster I hung up in the tent.
(or was it Sirdar’s daughter??) took some photos of the fireworks for me. Thanks, Guys!!
The biggest thing that makes this party a success is the people that attend. We provide chili and hot drinks, but many people bring goodies to share. We don’t ask them to; they just do. The party is always fun thanks to the spirit of our friends. Thanks, everyone, who came. 😀
Of course, the next part of the tradition is clean-up. We’re usually pretty exhausted the next day so we laze around and then finally emerge late in the afternoon to pack everything up.
We had another fire while burning up old boxes and such. The kids had been using these boxes for playhouses…
Well, that’s it for this year. Looking forward to the next one.