Friday, 12 November 2010

remember remember the fifth of november

Remember remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot..

Last Friday on the fifth of November we celebrated Bonfire Night here in England.

Oliver’s school homework last week was to produce something related to Guy Fawkes/Bonfire Night.. On Friday night we went to a bonfire and fireworks display on Plymouth Hoe, and Oli was inspired to make a picture of the fireworks and bonfire.

He also has a keen interest in poetry so I suggested he write a poem to incorporate into his picture. We were given a whole load of activity sheets when we went to a Japanese craft day at our local museum in September, and a couple of them were on writing poems – Haiku and also Acrostic poems – poems in which the first letter of each line spells out a word.

Oliver’s acrostic BONFIRE poem:

Burning bright
On the Hoe
Never ending
I saw fireworks
Rocketing up
Ending the night.

He was really proud of his work, as was I.

Cyan naturally wanted to get in on the glittery action, and made her own fireworks and bonfire picture:

The inspiration.. some photos I took of the fireworks display..

The bonfire..

Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse on the Hoe..

Cyan and I..

Oliver and Karl..

The funfair was there too..

Read all about Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night on Wikipedia..


  1. I have to say that as holidays go, that one is on the top of my list for weird ones. You brits are funny. :)

    Send my congratulations to your crafty son for a job well done.

  2. I've been to a Guy Fawkes night here in Canada once, and it was literally a blast! 'course i love anything that burns and sparkles! tell oliver (and Cyan) his art piece is glorious. I love it!

  3. First, it was so fun to read about holidays in other coutries. These are words/and nouns, and verbs I've read in history books, but we are so isolated on this 'island' across the way, I forget there are, like, other holidays and stuff other places. ;o)
    Second, you can always enter, I'll mail to England for anyone that puts up with my rambling. :O)
    Third, I truly, truly appreciate your comments and feedback. I send my ideas out there into cyberspace, mostly b/c none of my local friends have much interest in crafts, and I want to be around people that do, and so it's always so fun to dialogue with others that 'get it.' :O)

  4. I'm loving the photos of the fireworks and the pictures the children did! The flash on the camera hit the glitter just right and it was all shiny on this end! Very nice!!!

    Clever and creative poem!!! Great job!!

    Have a good night!!! or day!! probably day there right now?

  5. hah reminds me of v for vendetta! =)
    your kids made some great pictures, i love the idea of glitter on black, super bling! i'm very jealous...bonfire night sounds fantastic.

  6. Your photos are amazing and your little man is quite the budding poet!

  7. Their artwork is really cool and fun looking and Oliver's poem is awesome. He did a great job.

  8. Love the artwork and the pictures, beautiful! Not a bad poem at all!

  9. omg! i just checked out the blog you recommended ( and it's genius! thanks so much for the link! there are so many clever craftsy people everywhere! :D

  10. beautiful fireworks.beautiful work


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