Sunday, 11 November 2012

Guy Fawkes Night

If I look on my little map in blogger about the people who read me (thank you thank you thank you) I can see a large portion of you guys are across the pond in America and it occurred to me you might know nothing about a little "holiday" we call Guy Fawkes night?

So here's a very brief outline... At the beginning of the 17th Century a man called Guy Fawkes plotted to blow up the Houses of Parliament with gun powder. His plan was foiled and Fawkes was captured. He sat trial for treason, found guilty and was hung, drawn and quartered. It's a favourite part of British history taught at Primary School on account of the gory part where they chop him up (drawn and quartered). We have fireworks parties on (or around) Guy Fawkes Night to be reminded that blowing up the Houses of Parliament is generally a bad idea... A sound lesson I feel. We have sparklers, mulled wine, wooly hats, a bonfire, kids make "Guys"out of straw and old clothes, there's a big bonfire to burn the Guys and a fireworks display.

So here is baby girl's first Guy Fawkes Night...

Remember remember...
 The 5th of November...
 Gunpowder...
 Treason...
 And plot...

 I see...
 No good reason...
 Why gunpowder treason...
 Should ever...
 Be...
 Forgot.

Lessons:

1. These histories, traditions and occasions seem so much more important now we're a family.

2. It was good for me to take her out of routine for an evening. Routine is good but it's important to remind ourselves the sky won't collapse if we step out of it for a night.

3. I need a ton more practice with low light photography...
Ni Hao Yall

44 comments:

  1. Great pics! My dad was from the UK so I grew up knowing about Guy Fawkes night and then the movie V for Vendetta came out and most of American learned about it! Glad you had a fine time!

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    1. Ah! Interesting! I had noooo idea that movie was about Guy Fawkes, I shall have to stick it on my movies to watch now, thanks! Glad you enjoyed the pics, we did have a lovely time :D

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  2. Lovely series of photos. That fire is amazing! The fireworks are great. The baby is absolutely, squeezably adorable!

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    1. Thank you so much Marlo! I'm sooooo glad you enjoyed the post! We had such a great time, for one reason or another I have missed fireworks parties the last 3 years, so this was mega overdue! :D

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  3. Great pictures and history lesson ( for those of us across the pond! :) Oh my your baby girl is just adorable!

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    1. AH I'm glad it wasn't an obvious tale, thought it might of interest to those outside the UK. It really is one of my top holidays :D Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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  4. When I was a kid we used to go round with a wagon to collect newspapers and a "penny" for the guy. This is how we got enough money (hopefully) to buy those sparklers, pinwheels, rockets and not forgetting the bangers. It was a wonderful time then we had hotdogs and hot chocolate while poor old Guy was burning. It was a few years ago in fact quite a few but...I still remember. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. Hi there! Wow that's a great story and a great memory to have! I remember selling sunflower seeds for 15p a bag for pocket money! Yummmm hot chocolate... You have just triggered a crazing there :D Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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  5. not sure how to be anything other than anon sorry

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    1. No worries! It's just so great to get comments and feedback! I really appreciate it :)

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  6. Surprisingly I have heard of your Guy Fawkes celebration - don't believe we've followed suit with a holiday to celebrate the conduct of Benedict Arnold --we tend to only make movies about our traitors - but we do enjoy a good fireworks on this side of the pond, and these are just wonderful. Your baby girl is adorable. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Ha ha Nicki! I am impressed you have heard of it, I don't think I am quite as astute with American history... So now I'm off to study up on Benedict Arnold... Hope you had a fabulous weekend! :D

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  7. Perfect lessons to learn :) I love that the little one looks asleep for some of the fireworks - it always amazes me how babies can sleep anywhere! Thanks for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

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    1. Oh my goodness! That was the funniest part of the whole night I can't believe I didn't include it!!! She LITERALLY went out like a light as the first firework went up and stay zonko until we got home and slipped her straight in to her cot! INCREDIBLE! We took her to the Olympics too and she slept all through 80,000 people cheering Usain Bolt on! OH but if Mummy tries to run a bath next to her bedroom in the evening do you think she sleeps as soundly? No no no... LOL! Happy weekend and thanks for visiting :D

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  8. Amazing shots... interesting celebration!!

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    1. Hi Susan! Thank you so much I am so glad you like them and like the post :D It's one of my favourite nights of the year and for one reason or another we have missed out of fireworks parties for the last 3 years, so this was WELL overdue and to do it as a family?!?! AWESOME new memory made :D

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    1. He he! Thanks Megan! They are squidgably squidgable! :D :D Happy Sunday!

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  10. Thanks for sharing the history. These are cool fireworks!

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    1. Hi Kim! You're so welcome I'm so glad you liked the post! They were so good, especially considering it was just a little local Primary school party! Brilliant! :D

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  11. Fantastic sum up of Guy Fawks :) How can baby sleep during such loud fireworks? Haha.

    I'm your newest follower via GFC. Can't wait to read more from you :) Your photography is amazing.

    - Erin xo

    365mu.blogspot.co.uk - One girl's attempt at creating 365 different make-up looks in as many days

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    1. I know! She was ABSOLUTELY soundo too! HILARIOUS!

      Thank you so much for the compliment and following, I am so so glad you like my blog! :D I defo need some make up help so I will pop on over :D

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  12. Just found your blog via the "Simple Things Sunday" link up and I love this post. I fell in love with the story of Guy Fawkes when I read V for Vendetta (one of my favorite books!). I love how you broke out the pictures with the words. :)

    ~Aubrey
    Project Lovegood

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    1. Hi Aubrey! First off... I LOOOOVE your name! It was number two on our girls list! Such a lovely classic name :D

      Ooo I seriously need to read this book! It's such a loved celebration here, I just remember so snuggly all wrapped up warm in the dark and feeling like it must be extra special because I was allowed out soooo late! And it would have been like 8pm lol! Thanks for reading :D

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  13. Hi new reader and follower from the gfc blog hop! Love these pictures, your daughter is so adorable! and thanks for the history lesson, I had never heard the story of Guy Fawkes until now!

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    1. Hi Jennifer! SO great to have you here, I'm really glad you like my blog enough to follow! Glad it was a new story for you and you enjoyed it :D

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    1. Eeeee! Thank you! The cheeks are made for kissing! :D xxx

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  15. love all your pictures! they are great!

    new follower! :D
    http://www.theeclecticgrabbag.com

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    1. Hey Sabz! Thanks so much for following! So glad you like the pics! I'll be co-hosting a hop tomorrow too :D

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  16. Hi, stopping in from Mosaic Monday. Sounds like a fun evening and celebration, your baby is just adorable. Loved the photos. Have a happy week ahead!

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    1. Hi Eileen! Thanks so much for stopping by and following! So pleased you love the photos I had to work SO hard to get those in the dark... It's a whole new ball game at night like that! Happy Monday :D

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  17. I saw this link on the mommy moments blog and suddenly thought 'hey, she must be from the UK!' Nice to find another British blogger. I'm your newest follower :)

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    1. Heyyyyyy! Yey! 'Oop the Brits! We sometimes seem few and far between in bloggy world huh?! Thanks for following, Happy Monday :D

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  18. I'm coming to you from the Covered in Grace linkup. You've got some great pictures. It looks like you had a fun night. You would actually be surprised how many of us on this side of the pond know about Guy Fawkes Night - although I think the majority of us might have learned about it from the movie "V for Vendetta". I actually celebrate it at my house.

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    1. You celebrate Guy Fawkes night?! OMG! That's so cool! I seriously need to read this book or see the movie, I had NO idea it was about Guy Fawkes! We love fireworks night over here :D

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  19. I think you all need a mask and a mustache. :)

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    1. HA! The masks and moustaches go on the "Guys" and don't last long ;) Thanks so much for reading :D

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  20. Oh how sweet. This brought back memories of when our 3 daughters were small and I would carry them in cuddlers like this and enjoy evening festivities. Wonderful memories that you just triggered with your wonderful post~

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    1. Ah how wonderful! I am so pleased I invoked a good dose of nostalgia there! Happy Wednesday to you :D

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  21. I do miss Guy Fawkes Night now (I now live in Australia) - it was always such a fun evening!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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    1. Ah! Do you guys have anything similar down under? :) Thanks for visiting!

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  22. This is great. The pictures are wonderful.

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    1. Thank you so much Yolanda! So glad you enjoyed them! They were MEGA hard in the dark light!

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