Thursday, 5 November 2015

Remember Remember The 5th of November

Here in the UK, today is of course Bonfire Night.
The night when we remember the time Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament.
Most families have traditions for tonight and it's one children up and down the country look forward to.
Over the years traditions have changed, for safety amongst other reasons.
Few people now have a bonfire in their garden, few children ( I am personally glad to say) actually make  a guy, and sit for weeks beforehand outside shops calling "Penny for the Guy," expecting money to then be given to them.
As children we almost always had sparklers....a kind of love hate relationship existed with these amazing sticks of joy.
The love was the excitement of making weird and wonderful patterns in front of your eyes.
The hate was, the fear your little hands ( usually freezing to death) might get burnt by the sparks...of course they never did and we were always lectured about not touching the stick once the sparks had died.
Jacket potatoes and sausages and toffee apples were the food tradition.
Our own family tradition has been to try and make our own toffee apples!
Teen One is the one who really loves to do this.
Tonight was therefore no different.
We had decided to halve the ingredients rather than make enough for eight apples.
It was only as she was dipping the apples she remembered she only halved the sugar!
Oh seemed to work ok.
We always do apple chunks as opposed to whole apples, much easier to eat.
Sparklers these days come in "Monster" sizes! At a price of £1 for a pack of 5 they are extremely affordable!
Around supper time, the Teens and Hubby are going out to a local hill to view the fireworks around the area.
Teen One is making a flask of hot chocolate and we popped into Lidls on the way home from piano lessons for some fresh doughnuts.
I have decided I don't really want to be out in the cold damp air, plus, if I am honest....fireworks don't fill me with  as much joy as it does the others.
The bangs always make me jump and I worry about the danger side of things.
I wonder what family traditions you have for tonight?

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