A daily photo-blog of my life as an American transplanted in the UK.
Friday, 5 November 2010
Y3 - 36/365: Remember, Remember, the 5th of November...
Here in the UK it is Guy Fawkes Night (aka Bonfire Night). Today's celebrations mark the anniversary of the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605, where a group of English Catholics failed in their conspiracy to bomb the Houses of Parliament in an attempt to assassinate the (then) Protestant King James and replace him with a Catholic Head of State. Guy Fawkes was the man in charge of the gunpowder that was located under the House of Lords and he was discovered and arrested. From that point the 5th of November was a celebration of King James' survival.
Every year on this night there are bonfires set up and fireworks displays in parks and at stately homes, usually with a small admissions fee. We decided that the weather was too crap to go see any fireworks tonight...plus, being on one of the highest points in the area we had a decent view of all the surrounding areas and their displays (apart from the rain and light to moderate fog). Still, I wanted for us to have a bit of our own celebration for Ryan so Matt picked up some sparklers on the way home from work.
We quickly threw some socks on the boy and his jacket and brought him out for his own personal "show." I don't know if he was more unimpressed or only had on his mind the hot pizzas that had just been delivered and were now sitting just inside waiting for him to devour the crusts.
At least we know pumpkins make good sparkler-holders!
After two and a half years in a long-distance relationship, I packed my life of 29 years into 21 boxes and moved to England to marry and be with my husband, Matt. Now I'm reveling in the youth of my 30s in Great Britain, supply-teaching in primary schools near Birmingham and enjoying newlywed life, being a mommy, and all the surprises they bring!