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A perfect night

It was a perfect night for bonfire night this year. It had been cold for the past days with very little wind. A full moon arose, along-with a very cold chill.

The display was as good as last year. Being over a weekend, bonfire night and fireworks had been going off for the previous nights. There was a cracking display that was watched from our upstairs window in the comfort of our own home, accompanied by an alcoholic beverage or two. Strangely, no actual bonfire, but the Fire Brigade had turned out?

Bluebell Hedgerows

Spring is probably my favourite time of year.

Not only is it the time to be completing new fishing membership forms for the forthcoming course fishing season, it is the time when the hedgerow lanes burst into colour.

Ferns, Bluebells, Corncockle, Red Campiion, Ramsons, Meadow Buttercup and the wonderful Cow Parsley form part of our native hedgerows at this time of year. The Bluebell of course, a highly prized delicacy of the rabbit.


Remember, Remember the 6th of November!


Remember, remember the 6th of November!

I cannot recall a bonfire night so cold. The 5th saw torrential cold rain, with a good measure of hail and sleet mixed in. I thought the night would be a total wash-out this year. Miraculously, around 18:00, the sky cleared and we could venture-forth. We were lucky to see some great displays; the latest kicking-off at 21:30. As soon as this display was ending the heavens opened again and we were treated to yet more sleet. Even the gritters were on the main roads tonight; not a good sign so early in November.

The 6th saw the best display this year, which was held near the grounds of a local castle. The day was a mirror image of the 5th, with heavy rain/sleet on and off all day; and the sky clearing allowing just enough time for the fireworks.

The gritters were once again on the roads tonight. I fear we may be in for a long bad winter.

Christmas Surprise

I am not one for sending cards. Nor do I ever expect to receive in return.

However, this year I received from a good friend this card. It was on our mantelpiece for some days before I realised what the picture was.

The person who sent this I know to be fond of Tunnocks biscuits, but what they didn’t know, is that I am a great fan too.

An argument will always rage; are these cakes or biscuits? but either way, they are very nice.

What is nice as well, is to receive a hand made card. Thank you very much – you know who you are.

Merry Christmas to you all!

5th November

It was a wet and rainy Bonfire Night, we still had a blast!

Amazingly the rain stopped just as the first firework was lit. We have not been to this particular display for some years, and it did not disappoint.

I would say the locals would not be getting their bins emptied, nor their street lighting switched on for some weeks, as the amount of fireworks that went up in smoke must have cost the council a small fortune, but very, very much worth it.

Remember, Remember

Remember, remember the fifth of November?

Here are some really nostalgic pictures of fireworks and their posters from yesteryear.

Can you see your favourite amongst these? My favourites were definitely the ‘Air Bombs’ which are now banned unfortunately, along with probably all the other really good fireworks that you used to be able to buy.