Bonfire Night…. November 5th.


Autumn in the Gardens of Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

November the 5th, a date always associated in England with  Guy Fawkes and the failed Gunpowder Plot.

It is also know as Bonfire Night.  Let me say that although Fireworks have long been associated with the day, I have always rather associated it, from boyhood,  with the act of having a garden bonfire….  an autumnal clear out

Bonfires are now rather infradig, composting is far better for autumnal leaves and prunings.  November 5th still tiggers that moment in time, when my mind says….autumn is over.  OK., don’t shout, I know we have a few more days of autumns colours to enjoy before the darker winter days.  But symbolically, that’s autumn gone for this year.


As for Chatsworth in the autumn….  its a rather good place to enjoy the autumns colours in their fine mature woodlands.  But not this year for us.  True the House* and Gardens are still open, but visitor numbers limited and you have to pre-book.  Pre-booked, I just find that a turnoff, I prefer to seize the moment.  May be next autumn…. if life is more back to normal  🙂

* Lockdown has now been reintroduced to England.  So the House is not open for this period….   but the gardens remain open

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

5th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

2 thoughts on “Bonfire Night…. November 5th.

  1. We knew nothing of Guy Fawkes or the associated bonfires as kids in the US, but one of my treasured childhood memories is the gathering of the carefully-raked-up autumn leaves and piling them in the street, and setting fire to them. The aroma of that sandalwood-like fragrance will always be with me, and it is forever associated with the memories of roving the streets on Halloween, completely unsupervised and unaccompanied by adults. They were simpler times.

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    1. Days when kids of all ages played in the parks or for that matter any green space. Played all sorts of sports in ad-hoc groups, spontaneous and fun.without the need of supervision, organisation or a ‘coach’. Competitive yes, but mainly just for the fun and friendship. If you were one of the lucky ones with a bicycle, well that just opened up new horizons. But before we get to rosey eyed, l can remember life for my parents was very tough, and our family was perhaps more fortunate than most 🙂

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