Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Guy Fawkes Night: November 5th

Heyyyy Everyone,

Leaving my life in Australia, I knew, was going to be a tough few weeks for me. I needed to have something to look forward to (besides seeing my family of course!). I was moping around on my last few days at work until one of the locals (who was a fellow brit) mentioned I would be back just in time for Guy Fawkes night, or as most people refer to it, Bonfire Night. It immediately lifted my spirits because I have loved Bonfire Night ever since I was a little girl. Some of the Australians I work with were asking me 'What is this 'Bonfire Night'?' And it hadn't even accured to me that it's just an English tradition. So, as most of my readers are from outside the UK, I thought I would explain to you a bit about what 'Guy Fawkes Night' is, and how I celebrated this year!

Back in 1605 Guy Fawkes and a group of his friends plotted to blow up the Houses of Parliment. They filled the basement with tons and tons of gunpowder that they intended to set on fire, causing the building the explode and kill all the leaders of the country including the kind!! Luckily, on November 5th, Guy Fawkes was caught before he had a chance to hurt anyone. It turns out he wasn't even the ringleader of the plot but he has become the one we remember the most. Guy Fawkes was imprisoned and later executed in January of 1606.

Since then, every year, throughout Britain, we commemorate the capture of Guy Fawkes with bonfires and fireworks, and sometimes by burning an effigy of Guy.
This year we had our own bonfire at home, which we haven't done since I was about 5 years old so, as you can imagine, I was overly excited! We didn't need to bother with fireworks because we could see about 5 other displays from our garden! Although we did invest in some sparklers for a little extra entertainemnt. And had fun trying to take some interesting photos with them!

I'm not sure whether the next tradition I am going to mention is country wide or just a northen thing, but I bloody love it... Minty mushy peas! I can imagine right now you're thinking what the hell are you on about ha ha They are honestly the tastiest things. A cup full of mushy peas with a big dollop of mint sause to stir in. I have to admit our peas this year did come out of a tin, but it has inspired me to practise my pea mushing skills so that next year I can make a big batch of homemade mint mushy peas for everyone.

A tradition we have as a family ourselves is to crack open the first bottle of mulled wine of the year. Again we were a bit lazy this year and just had a bottle of mulled wine with some chopped orange in, however I do love to make my own. Maybe I'll do a blog post on homemade mulled wine during December!

Of course we captured the whole thing on camera. So here's a few of my favourite images from the night.. thanks to my wonderful personal photographer, my stepdad Andy!

Do you celebrate Bonfire Night? Do you have any other traditions?

Ciao EmmaJessica >3

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