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…