Bonfire Celebrations

At this time of the year our allotment society allows bonfires for a limited time. It is a time to clear up debris on the plot and generate valuable potash. Also it is a lot of fun! We on the Southend on Transition plot make the most of it by having a cook out as well. It is becoming a bit of a tradition.


It was a beautiful balmy autumm morning when we arrived on the plot. It was already smoky from a number of other bonfires. Work started on chopping wood and bulding up the fire, a carefully chosen spot away from our new fruit trees. I had noticed that some other people had built up their bonfire a few weeks before. This can be dangerous to hedgehogs and other small creatures. Please check your woodpile and bonfire pile before lighting it.

Friends and new friends arrived, lots of happy children and adults.

As the coals burnt down a bit the feast was set cooking. Alicja did a marvelous job feeding lots of hungry tums. There was chat, music and a bit of work. Our magnificent pumkins and squashes were harvested.

And there was cake and of course marshmallows to toast and a yummy contribution, chocolate stuffed bannanas to cook on the fire.

The flames were built higher and I felt the additional warmth of friendship and community spirit. The afternoon shadows grew longer but we were in no hurry to leave.

And then it was the moment Nella had been waiting for … firefighter practice. As the she wielded the hosepipe professionally she was engulfed in smoke and shouted triumphantly ” I am the best firefighter” …thats girl power!


Another fine day on the plot.





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