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I LOVE bonfire night. To me it's right up there with Christmas day. It's that wonderful!
As a child I remember the lead up to the 5th November, with the neighbourhood kids making guys and propping them up outside the newsagents "penny for the guy(ing)". I remember the excitement of the prospect of going to one of the local bonfire and fair; desperately hoping that the fog wouldn't be too bad so that we could go, donning warm coats, woolies and boots, the smoky smells in the air, the noises of the rides and the crowds. The colours of the rides, the stalls, the mud under foot, the hook a duck where you could win a fish, the flashing lights and music on the stalls, the bumper cars, candyfloss in bags and on sticks, standing by the fire with the fence round it and feeling the heat on your face, then feeling the cold when you walk away, the excited screams of people on rides, and all leading up to the grand finale; the firework display. The boom boom inside your heart as the colours explode, the fizz and the crackle as they explode and fall, the oooh's and aaaah's from the crowd at the display, the magical way that looking up makes you feel like you're the only one there, watching the fireworks alone.
As an adult it was always non negotiable that I would be doing something to celebrate the event, a party at home with fireworks and beer, with fire in a bin and hot curry on the stove, a gathering of friends and family with baked potatoes and hot dogs with onions, sparklers to spell your name and a bucket to put spent sparklers in, watching the neighbouring firework displays and smelling the smoke in the air.
So tonight I will feel homesick for all of this, for here bonfire night doesn't exist ... tragedy! In previous years we have tried to create our own celebration; to light the chimnea, have sparklers and eat baked potatoes, but it's just not the same. In fact it actually makes me miss it more! There's no smell of fireworks in the air as it's illegal to sell them here, so I only get to see them on New Years and other special big events. This year I can only dream and reminisce and live vicariously through others.
So if you happen to read this and you do take pics of your event, please send me a link as I would love to see it.
Happy Happy Bonfire Night, smell the fireworks for me wont' you?