The bonfire and fireworks get together on Saturday evening was, I think, a success. I needed someone to help me with burning up the big heap of hedge cuttings and other non-compostables that had just got bigger and bigger since Colin died. Having a good bonfire was one of his favourite jobs, so not something I got involved in and I was a bit nervous of doing a fire on my own.
BiL arrived in daylight to sort out the heap and check for hedgehogs and when everyone else arrived we had Hot dogs, pizza and party Indian nibbles before going out to light the fire.
BiL and Son set off the fireworks and we found the cheaper fireworks for home are slightly underwhelming and MUCH quieter than the huge noisy and expensive ones they have at the big village events, but more fun. The two little girls weren't frightened by the muted bangs, crackles and fizzes and the whole event took me back 50+ years to family November 5ths with Mum, Dad, Sister, Grandad and the neighbours.
It seems apt to be remembering those who are no longer around on the 11th of the 11th and can you believe its now exactly 18 months since Colin died? on the 11th May 2018. Sometimes it seems longer and sometimes just like last week. I'm not sure about "time healing", I think the sadness stays but just gets further away and, mostly, not quite so raw.
I was thinking about the 11th of the Month. So many things have happened on the 11th of a month in our family..............Col's birthday was on 11th early in the year, his funeral was on the 11th a month after he died on 11th and his Mum died on the 11th of the 11th, several years ago. My nephew has a birthday on a different 11th and then eldest granddaughter was born on the 11th too.
Thank you to everyone for the kind comments on Saturday's post. Don't get too excited by my (sort-of) challenge, it won't be as serious as Sue-in-Wales' challenges and I've now got to eat all the left-over non-local food from Saturday first!!
More photos of two little cousins at Nana's House, when I see these two together I always wish Eldest daughter and family lived closer so they could join in too.