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7th November 2016
Guy Fawkes Night 2016


Seren came home from school on Thursday excited to tell me about how Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the King and all his family as the King was a bad King and that is why we have fireworks in November (all her words). The class had also talked about Diwali earlier in the week too but she missed that as had a tummy bug.

History was my favourite subject at school and I LOVE these moments when she picks up on a story and wants to absorb more details. I realised that my own version of the tale was a bit woolly so we managed to find an excerpt from Horrible Histories on YouTube and that led to more little videos (suitable for children) about the famous plot to blow up Parliament with gunpowder.

There’s a local interest link too – the plotters were said to have met up several times at Whitewebbs, then the Enfield home of wealthy Catholic lady Anne Vaux.

So, Saturday’s firework display had a different meaning for Seren this year and I think she was extra specially excited. We went to quite a large display in nearby Southgate with friends, meeting in a pub garden before hand (always a good plan). We took along glow sticks and light-up windmills for the kids as we haven’t braved letting them have sparklers yet. The display itself was AMAZING, a 20 minute show filling the skies with light and colour.

It was very busy, very cold and quite late though for little ones though – the fireworks started at 7.30pm and as we are still recovering from the clock change, Imogen was actually asleep by the end (how?). We had taken the double buggy and they both wanted to sit in it, which was a good result, as I am always very nervous about losing one of them in the dark crowds. So, Andy and I could cuddle up and watch the display which was nice.

The next day we had some friends over for a belated Halloween playdate, the original date had been cancelled due to our sickness. We turned it into a sort of firework playdate and made firework paintings with cut up bits of toilet roll. These were so easy to do, even Imogen managed with ease and look quite spectacular with the bright paint (kids paints from IKEA) against the black paper.

I made bonfire cakes with orange flavoured icing and chocolate Matchsticks on top too! And I got to use the cake stand I made back in August for the first time. I’m looking forward to making more next week as my Christmas crafting season begins…

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  • Reply Jennifer 7th November 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Sounds like a fun night out. We don’t celebrate Guy Fawkes here but I’d love it if we did. The girls look so cute all bundled up. LOVE the fireworks paintings and those cupcakes look delicious.

    • Reply Sian 13th November 2016 at 8:39 am

      Ah thank you!

  • Reply Madeline (This Glorious Life) 7th November 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Those firework paintings look so good! I might have to pin that idea for next year! And your bonfire cupcakes look fab! x #LivingArrows
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    • Reply Sian 13th November 2016 at 8:40 am

      Thank you! If I’m organised enough I think I will do a firework painting post next year!

  • Reply Charlotte | Baking Betsy 7th November 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Ooh! I didn’t know about some of the plotters meeting in Whitewebbs! That’s very interesting. We didn’t get a lot of learning about Guy Fawks here (at least, not what I know about, loads of Divali though), but we chatted and Betsy was rather excited that that it took place at my work.
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    • Reply Sian 13th November 2016 at 8:40 am

      Yes, think of that next time you’re at the carvery! S loved that it happened at your work too, she wants to see photos and to go one day!

  • Reply Rosie @ Little Fish 8th November 2016 at 10:55 pm

    What lovely photos – and love the painting idea, so simple and yet so effective. What did we do before Horrible Histories? – love it! x
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    • Reply Sian 13th November 2016 at 8:41 am

      Ah thank you! Love Horrible Histories!

  • Reply Emma T 9th November 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Love the photos. We didn’t make it to a display and we didn’t even see any as normal from our windows. #livingarrows
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    • Reply Sian 13th November 2016 at 8:41 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply Donna 11th November 2016 at 10:24 pm

    I love how seasonal this post is. Isn’t it amazing the amount they’re learning at school already?! I can’t believe anything else will fit in Athena’s head! x
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    • Reply Sian 13th November 2016 at 8:42 am

      I know – they are such sponges!

  • Reply Sarah 12th November 2016 at 10:31 pm

    I love this whole post – the girls look like they are enjoying their light up windmills so much. I love bonfire night but decided our boys weren’t quite old enough for a display this year – hopefully next year. And those firework pictures look fab – I reckon even I could manage that with my fear of all things messy 🙂 #LivingArrows

    • Reply Sian 13th November 2016 at 8:43 am

      Ah thank you! Hopefully you’ll get to a display next year!

  • Reply Jane - Our Little Escapades 13th November 2016 at 8:11 pm

    I love the photos of your girls. My son made pictures like this at school. I love the cakes too #LivingArrows

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