Thursday, 5 November 2015

Gunpowder,Treason and Plot


Remember, remember the 5th of November
Gunpowder, Treason and Plot.
I see no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.

Every year ( or maybe memory deceives) in primary school we would copy out this poem in our best handwriting and decorate around the edges of the page with pictures of fireworks, bonfires and Guy Fawkes.
Once home, after tea we would go outside for a bonfire and fireworks  which would have been bought a few at a time over the last month.Our neighbours on one side would come round and perhaps Grandad would be there too. The fireworks didn't last long then it would be back indoors for hot dogs.
It was such an adventure, looked forward to for weeks -  Simple times.

This year we won't be watching fireworks as Cols outpatients appointment at hospital is at 6.30pm tonight -an  odd time. I have to confess to being a bit concerned at this new problem which has come on rather suddenly. It may upset all our plans regarding house moving and leave us not knowing what to do next.

The fifth £1 money saver from April 2013 was/ is - Buy Refill packs if you can.
Years ago we had a shop locally where we could take Ecover empties and refill with washing up liquid and laundry liquid. No longer there. I used to buy refill packs of the Kenco De-caf coffee, now more often than not I can buy jars on special offer cheaper than the refill packs.

I may be back tomorrow
Sue

22 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear that Col has another health problem. I do hope that it turns out to be not as bad as you suspect.

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  2. I'll be thinking of Col at 6.30pm tonight, I hope it goes well whatever the problem is. As you say it's a funny time to have an appointment, but I guess it shows that they are working late on the departments to hopefully clear backlogs of patients waiting for treatments.

    Yes, I too have noticed that refill packs of lots of different things are on most occasions dearer to buy than the normal tub or jar now. And the old adage of buying in bulk sometimes also means you pay over the odds, especially with coffee. Those huge catering tins used to be a brilliant buy but these days it's usually the most expensive way to buy it. Once it worked out cheapest to buy those diddy little jars that you rarely see for sale anymore .... so I did.

    My bonfire nights were just like you describe when I was small and we loved it, now it's all huge expensive displays and the push to eat out while you're there, if it's for charity though I guess it's not too bad, and safer in most instances than fireworks in an enclosed space. Mind you saying that the fireworks we had when we were kids were the much simpler kind, the only fear was would the old fashioned milk bottle fall over when the rocket took off, or would the catherine wheel whizz right off the shed wall :-)

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    1. Gosh ... I seem to have taken to writing essays ... sorry!!

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  3. Bonfire nights very similar to yours. Except mum used to make a big tray of stuffing too, for which she was famous. I think it was the only vegetarian alternative at the time.. a stuffing cob ! Oh yes and mushy peas with mint sauce!
    Hope it goes well for Col tonight.
    Gill

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  4. we would spend weeks collecting for the bonfire and making a guy, we never had fireworks sometimetimes perhaps a pack of sparklers, it was always potates thrown into the fire, eaten al charred with butter and there would be a big pot of soup :-)

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  5. Hope all goes well with Col. DB has had a Saturday appointment before now!

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  6. shall be thinking of you at hospital, hope it all goes well.

    We were planning some fireworks tonight, but think it's going to carry on raining so we'll leave it until the weekend. Violet loves our home fireworks. I do hotdogs and we sit outside watching Bill with a stupid light attached to his head, then we usually have to dodge something when it looks a bit dodgy. One time he set the fence on fire. Good times!
    x

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  7. Hope all goes well at the hospital.

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  8. Fingers crossed that all goes well, health stuff is a real bugger, you lead a good life and suffer while the idiot who seems to live on fags and crisps as never ill. Our bonfire night were much the same as yours, where did all the pretty non banger fireworks go.

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  9. We just used to have a few fireworks - catherine wheels, rockets and pyramids, and sparklers. We didn't have a bonfire normally, and no treats to eat (mum wasn't the best cook in the world anyway, bless her!) When ours were over I would go upstairs to the back bedroom and look at other people's firework displays.

    I will be thinking of Col tonight, and hoping it all goes well and isn't as bad as you worry it may be.

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  10. All the magic has gone for me here, it's all about rough kids tormenting the hell out of animals

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  11. I am sure that all your readers, myself included, will be wishing you both all the best for this evening.
    Margaret P

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  12. I had a hospital appointment at 8.30 last night to take out stitches from my finger, hubbies comment was he was about ready for bed at that time of night. I hope you get on OK this evening. I don't like fireworks any more, to much noise.

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  13. Sending you and Col my best wishes and keeping my fingers crossed for a surmountable end result :)

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  14. Lest just hope its something that can be dealt with easily , Fingers crossed ,My husband had an MRI appointment on a Sunday afternoon , That was strange tooxxx

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  15. Sending out positive thoughts and all kind wishes to you both.

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  16. Best wishes for the hospital tonight. I remember our bonfire nights when my own 3 were smaller about 20ish years ago. It was hard work for me - jacket spuds, peas, hot dogs, etc, most of the neighbours, family too. The kitchen floor would be a mud bath the same as the lawn! I even got a few hay bales one year to sit on - good idea until one bigger lad set fire to one!! All in all we all enjoyed bonfire night. Not had our own for about 10 years now though - too much like hard work!

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  17. All the best to Col. I am on the merry-go-round again. Best to be safe and checked out.
    xx

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  18. I hope Col gets on ok this evening. My father always set off a small box of fireworks. The Catherine wheel invariably failed to soon correctly. The finale was the sparklers we could hold and draw a firey trace through the air. I love fireworks, they fill me with so much joy.

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  19. Hope everything went well tonight for Col. No bonfire night here, but I do have great memories of going around with the guy in an old pram for 'penny for the guy' and having treacle toffee, parkin and jacket potatoes cooked at the edge of the bonfire. One year someone let off a banger that went straight into my wrist and I ended up at the hospital, that wasn't much fun!!

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  20. I hope that all went well with the appointment. I am only reading this on Saturday evening and there are fireworks going off at the moment round and about us. xx

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  21. Hope that Col's appointment went OK. We've had evening and weekend appointments at hospital. As grateful as I always am that we can get seen, when you're not 100% it's the last thing you really want to be dragging yourself out of the house for at that time of day. Sincerely hope that whatever the problem is it doesn't impact on your plans. xx

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