OOH! AAH! Fireworks!

5 Nov

05 lad

Bonfire night! Husb and I went to the municipal firework display this evening. It was fantastic! Best one I’ve seen. Kudos to Swansea Council – a grand job. When it finished we crossed the road to the beach for the feral fireworks; thousands of teens and twenty-somethings packed onto the beach lighting bonfires and setting off fireworks in a very narrow strip of sand as the tide was fully in. Dangerous but a terrific atmosphere.

05 dad

The little kid in the top sketch was wearing a hat almost as big as his body. It had enormous flapping ears. The big Dad in the bottom drawing was dancing with his tiny daughter perched safely on his shoulders. There’s a long tradition of a fire festival at this time of year’ the Gaelic Samhain and the Celtic / Welsh Calan Gaeaf. Guy Fawkes night is relatively recent, only about 4 centuries old, The word bonfire is supposedly derived from ‘bone fire’. Apparently our ancient ancestors liked to burn people in big wicker men every winter. Not very nice at all. Bonfire night is great fun now though.

6 Responses to “OOH! AAH! Fireworks!”

  1. allesistgut November 6, 2013 at 08:43 #

    Thanks for your drawings and the story of the bonfire. It’s always fun to watch some fireworks. It’s really nice you had fun. 🙂

    • Rosie Scribblah November 6, 2013 at 09:04 #

      Thanks. Do you have anything like it where you are?

      • allesistgut November 6, 2013 at 09:11 #

        Yes we have some bonfires over the year. To easter or midsummer e. g. And two days ago we had a firework in town. Because of celebrating the start of the light week. In this week some buildings downtown gets illuminated. Really nice!

    • Rosie Scribblah November 7, 2013 at 08:52 #

      A winter fire festival seems quite common across northern Europe 🙂

  2. notes to the milkman November 5, 2013 at 23:49 #

    Did Sparta and Ming enjoy the fireworks? Currently looking after my son’s two dogs and we’ve had the TV on a high volume this evening in the hope of covering the bangs from outside. On Saturday we had Ian Dury and Wilko Johnson up loud. Do cats bother?

    • Rosie Scribblah November 6, 2013 at 09:07 #

      We keep them in for safety,but they don’t seem as bothered as dogs. I remember family dogs being terrified. The cats tend to cwtch up to us for reassurance but otherwise are pretty blasé about it.

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