Flickering Flames

We’ve been so busy all summer, it’s been hard to fit relaxing moments in, and even harder to fit in time to share with neighbours and friends.  Thank goodness for the changing seasons, allowing us to change our pace, slow it down a little.

Thanks FOR having us over!   Great FIRE… FOOD …and FELLOWSHIP with  FRIENDS on a FALL…FRIDAY nite

That was the message a friend sent after we had a couple of neighbouring families over to share a campfire this weekend.  We cooked most of the food in or on the fire:  baked potatoes, veggie kebabs, corn, baked apples and s’mores.  We also had sausage dogs, hot apple cider and hot chocolate.  Everyone was so stuffed we just sat peacefully around the fire, chatting, telling stories, and flame gazing.

In fact, it was so relaxing, I think one person almost fell asleep.

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9 thoughts on “Flickering Flames

  1. Bill says:

    That sounds like a really fine way to enjoy a Friday night. 🙂

    • It was indeed. Weather was just right (one blessing of the fog bank we were living in until yesterday. The younger daughter is hosting a Guy Fawkes bonfire next weekend, and then we’ll be all caught up on all the burn piles I accumulated over last spring and summer – mostly brambles, but some prunings and old lumber (nails removed) as well, to provide good coals.

      • Eumaeus says:

        a Guy Fawkes bonfire… Awesome.

        nothing better than watching a fire and lazy conversations..

      • I suspect the Guy Fawkes bonfire night is going to be a higher energy affair, somehow. But yes, it will be great fun in it’s own way.

        Your post about the blue flames in your own very special campfire was lovely – I know exactly the kind of flames you describe, and how mesmerized one can get.

  2. Sounds like a great time. I love fall bonfires but here in WV they don’t like burning in the fall because of the dry leaves and danger of forest fires. Ours usually have to wait until spring.

    • Yes, this is one advantage to the PNW – our ground is plenty damp by now. All the fire hazard signs in my area have been changed to green (meaning little or no risk of forest fire). You’ll notice everyone was in gum boots – the grass was wet, even though we haven’t had rain in three weeks, we’re getting plenty of dew and we’ve been living in fog bank for the last fortnight, providing yet more damp.

  3. PetKid says:

    That sound like so much fun. My best friends and I and their family and mine went trick or treating together and then we came back to our house. They have two girls and two boys, and their boys are my best friends and we played a board game for two hours, including my brother and their sisters.

  4. This bonfire was the weekend before Hallowe’en, and the only holiday related thing was really the pumpkin lanterns. Your Hallowe’en evening sounds great – it’s always more fun with friends, isn’t it?
    Tomorrow, my younger daughter (she’s 15), is having some friends over for an early Guy Fawkes bonfire – they plan to make an effigy out of straw and old clothes and burn it. It’s an odd tradition, really, but a good excuse for another bonfire.

    • PetKid says:

      I know all about Guy Fawkes because my dad is British. I want to burn something! We’re making plans now (to burn something!). It’s always more fun when you have friends over, that’s true.

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