Guy Fawkes night

Sid helping Grandad light the bonfire
Sid helping Grandad light the bonfire

The evening of November 5th was clear and bright with what looked like a full moon. Over the preceding few days all of the wood off-cuts and waste cardboard from the site was built into a large bonfire at the bottom of the garden. Angie had helped with the preparations for hot soup, sausages and toasted marshmallows. The guests arrived on site about 6 pm, and Sid helped to officially light the bonfire.

Hot soup by the bonfire
Hot soup by the bonfire

The fireworks were chosen to avoid loud bangs (for Sid’s benefit) and not to endanger the wooden structure of the house (for my benefit!). There were also plenty of sparklers.

Sid with his sparklers
Sid with his sparklers

All in all it was a very traditional celebration of the events of 1605, all be it in somewhat strange surroundings. A good time was had by all and perhaps next year we can repeat it in more hospitable surroundings.

The cardboard box is complete
The cardboard box is complete

The next day was bright, and sunny and very autumnal. The house stood resplendent in its new covering, with the overall shape clear for all to see. A couple of passing neighbors commented on how exciting it was to see the progress and they appreciated the traditional shape.

Hopefully next week the roofers will begin installing the clay tile covering to the roof.

 

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