Guy Fawkes Night!

I mentioned months ago how Hallowe’en and Guy Fawkes night are both two of my favourite events of the entire year, so of course I had to write about bonfire night!

I won’t be going out for it this year as I’m house sitting, as well as working so I’ll be staying in and listening to fireworks going off outside… Plus I might be naughty and watch people’s fireworks near where I live.

For those who may not know about Guy Fawkes and how we came to have Bonfire Night, I shall leave a quote here about it (taken from Wikipedia):

Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in Great Britain. Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London, and months later the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act enforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot’s failure.

So now you know!

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I love bonfire night, the smell it leaves behind and how everyone stands shivering by a fire, waiting for fireworks to go off and knowing the UK it’ll be raining at the same time.

There’s just something so relaxing and somewhat soothing about a huge bonfire and it’s something I miss standing in front of every year at bonfire parties. You can keep warm stood in front of it and if you have plenty of things to burn it’s fun to throw everything on there and watch it burn away and to hear the crackling noise it makes as it burns whatever it on the fire.

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Everyone loves sparklers as a kid and still do as they grow up. Playing about with a sparkler as a child you were told to wear your woolly gloves to prevent your hands burning and a bucket of water would be on standby, ready for you to throw your finished sparkler into. As soon as it was lit you had about a minute to write whatever rubbish your heart desired and the first thing you’ll write is usually your name. Then after that you’ll write jargon such as “hello” or “I love you” or maybe even draw some stars or a heart. As soon as your minute is up, you shout, “I want another one!” before you’ve even thrown the used up sparkler into the bucket of water. These days I’m not as adorable and cute with a sparkler as I used to be, for a start I don’t wear gloves and whilst I still write my name, I then write a bunch of crude words and swear words, giggling my arse off as I pop the used up sparkler in the bucket of water. I can’t wait to buy some of these, I intend to try and do some fancy photography with them as soon as possible!

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Fireworks are my least favourite part about bonfire night, of course with the bonfire itself taking first place, but there’s nothing wrong with watching some big and colourful explosions taking off in the sky, is there? They’re perfect to take pictures of and I’m so excited to try and take some pictures of some this year, as whilst I won’t be going out for bonfire night, there will be plenty of opportunities until New Years Eve/Day to take some. People go wild with fireworks at this time of year, even setting them off in the day whilst it’s still light, which drives me mad! By the way, when I was looking for the above image of fireworks, all I kept being shown was Katy Perry. Not impressed, I don’t like her music, especially that song… Eww.

I would have loved to have gone out this year for bonfire night, but alas due to work, thus being busy and my friends and family being busy too it won’t be happening this year. All I wanted to do was go somewhere where a huge bonfire would be so I could sit in front of it, try and roast my first marshmallow and maybe drink some hot apple cider. All this whilst being wrapped up in my warmest coat, scarf and gloves, and surrounded by some amazing people.

Alas, these dreams of mine can happen next year, hopefully when I’m moved out and have my own garden to hold a bonfire party in.

Are you doing anything for bonfire night? If so, let me know what you’re doing in the comments down below!

Until next time, take care and I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe bonfire night.

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Why hello autumn, lovely to see you again!

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Well it’s September and it marks a lot of things, but the start of the autumn season is one of them. It officially be upon us until 22nd September but I couldn’t wait until then to make this post! My favourite season by far is autumn, always has been since a young age, so I’m so happy for it to finally be coming upon us at the end of this month.

Here’s some of my personal reasons for loving Autumn so much!

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The colours

Autumn colours are beautiful and show us how things can change so quickly, as every season does. The orange, red, yellow and brown are so gorgeous. One of the streets I walk down to go to places (train to Coventry, bus to town, work, etc) is lined with horse-chestnut trees and I remember fondly as a child at the start of every new school year going along the street with my dad picking up conkers to use in conker fights against each other. The last time we gathered any was the last time we ever did, as I grew out of it and we had gathered enough conkers to last us for years! I just love the sounds of the leaves crunching under my feet whilst I walk around and the lovely sunshine that we seem to get in September too, the sunshine we usually crave all summer. However this year we’ve had a great summer, which is a nice change!

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Note-able dates

With autumn comes some two of my favourite holidays of the year,  Halloween and Guy Fawkes/Bonfire Night. Halloween is one of the funnest nights of the year, not matter how old you are as you get to dress up for one night as anything you want and have lots of fun! I only ever went treat or tricking once as a kid and I can safely say I hated it! Something about knocking on strangers doors and shouting, “TRICK OR TREAT!” felt wrong to me and half the time I was either ignored or greeted by someone with old out of date sweets. A few people gave me money and I ended up gathering £10, which I can’t remember for the life of me what I spent it on. Since going to university I have started to dress up for Halloween again, one year being a Japanese school girl, another year being Alex DeLarge from A Clockwork Orange, my favourite Halloween costume yet! This year I would like to be an asylum runaway so straight jacket, scars across mouth to show some sort of insanity. I was intending to do it last year but due to lack of time and funds, it was never done in time. I shall attempt it this year mind! As well as Halloween there is Bonfire Night, which I enjoy celebrating every year if I can. The smell of a fire burning is just lush and the noise of the cracking from what is burning on the fire is amazing too. I’m hoping to go somewhere to celebrate Bonfire Night this year, as I don’t recall doing so last year.

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Hot chocolate

Autumn is the perfect excuse to drink a huge mug of your favourite hot chocolate. If not at home, then at your favourite coffee shop. I always make myself a mint hot chocolate in my 101 Dalmatians mug, nothing better than your favourite hot drink in a Disney Store mug. I always pop some marshmallows or hot chocolate on top if I fancy something special, and both if I’m feeling a little gloomy. The best hot chocolate though is Bailey’s hot chocolate, which I always treat myself to after a long day at work or out and about. I can see me having many of these over the weekend! Also as I work in a coffee shop, we have access to so many flavoured syrups! My favourites are mint (as already mentioned), salted caramel and crème brûlée. I love hot chocolate, really does perk me up on a cold day and when I’m feeling a little crappy.

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Early nights

The clocks go back and the late nights go away until next spring and summer. I really like early nights, even though it makes traveling home from my partners feel a little dangerous, but I should be driving back and forth soon enough anyway. I like watching the sky go dark as I walk and travel home and even though my bedroom window. I’ll miss having my curtains open until 9pm and I’ve already had to start shutting them around 7.30pm-8pm. With the early nights, the weather gets chilly too, but for a while in September the weather will be a little on the warm side. Whether chilly or warm, early nights involve baggy jumpers, jeans and a big coat. As well as boots and a chunky scarf to finish off the warm look.

So if you hadn’t already noticed from the above, I LOVE AUTUMN! I intend to make the most of it this year too!

Do you like autumn too? If so, why? Let me know in the comments down below.

Apologies for being a little quiet of late, I’ve just been a tad busy with my new job, but all will be settled and back to normal soon.

Until next time, take care all!

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