Monday, 5 November 2007

Bonfire Night

Remember remember the 5th November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot
It's bonfire night. I love fireworks. For those of you that don't know, i did a History degree at University....so here's a history lesson.....

On the 5th November 1605 Guy Fawkes was caught in the cellars of the Houses of Parliament with several dozen barrels of gunpowder and was then, along with this co-conspirators, was tried as a traitor for trying to blow up (quite literally) the government. He was sentenced to death by execution by the awful practice of being hung ,drawn and quartered. The following year in 1606 it became an annual custom for the King and Parliament to commission a sermon to commemorate the event. The words " Remember , remember the 5th of November" serves as a warning to each new generation that treason will never be forgotten. The 5th of November is still commemorated each year with fireworks and bonfires culminating with the burning of The Guy. Tradition allows British children to display their 'guys' to passers-by and asking for " A penny for the guy.

I must admit, whilst i love bonfires and fireworks, i find the whole "Guy" burning thing a bit sick.

We had a lovely time at the wedding on Saturday at Stirling Castle. It was the posh-est most Scottish wedding ive ever been too. When we arrived we had to knock on a wooden door to get in, say the names of the bride and groom and then climb through a small trap door. The place was exclusively reserved for the wedding only! Here's some pictures of the castle and the bride and groom.Speaking of wedddings, it was my sisters wedding anniversary yesterday. They've been married for a year already. Here is a picture from their wedding day (i am standing next to the bride).
So it was a busy weekend. We didn't get home until about 3am then we were up early on Sunday coz DH runs the family church at our church and i had kids club to help at. Then i was at work on Sunday afternoon. However, amongst all the busy-ness i did manage to work more on Edgar's RR. Ive got a lot more done than when i last showed a picture on the 21st Oct. I decided just to use lots of LHN charts for this square. Im not going to do it again. It takes me forever to decide what to use and where. For quickness im going to stick to one chart when the next RR comes my way. Here's my progress so far anyway

29 comments:

Mindi said...

Sounds like you had a great time at the wedding, the location was wonderful. I always loved Guy Fawkes day when I lived in England.

xstitch.nl said...

Edgar's RR may be time-consuming, but it's also very beautiful!!
Have fun at the fireworks!

Teejay said...

Your work is lovely on the rr. What great events you have been celebrating, enjoy.

Barbara said...

Thanks for explaining this holiday. We recently watched a film in which the line 'remember the 5th of November' figured prominently, but neither of us really understood the reference.

Annemarie said...

Lovely pics of weddings and fireworks! But the best picture IMHO is the RR. Gorgeous!

Vonna said...

I believe those castle pictures are quite stunning!

The wedding picture of you and your sister is quite stunning as well, you're both lovely women.

And Edgar's RR is looking stunning...it does take a lot of time to figure out a square when you pull from different charts.

Ranae said...

How interesting... 5th November.
I love the sheep and blackbird in the RR.
Sounds like the wedding of a lifetime, surely not to be forgotten.
Thanks for sharing.

Lynn said...

My DH is familiar with this holiday but I wasn't so thanks for the explanation.
That castle is so awesome. What a wonderful place for a wedding!
Your work on the RR looks fantastic! I love LHN too.

Cindy said...

Wow! The castle looks like such a romantic & beautiful place for a wedding!

The round robin is looking fabulous :)

Barbara said...

The castle's really majestic. Thanks for the little history lesson ;) The RR is looking great!

Chiasmata said...

I agree, the whole celebrating an execution thing is a bit morbid. But then again, any excuse for fireworks...

Lol, I'm like that when I'm choosing different colours to charts. It takes me forever to decide, and then I always second guess what would have looked best.

Tanya said...

Wow, to be married in a castle must be extra-dreamy!

Tanya

Paula said...

Sounds like the wedding was great, the pictures of the castle lit up are fab.
I love the RR you are doing.....
Happy stitching

Karen said...

sounds like you had a nice time at the wedding. LOL I wish the fireworks just went off on the 5th we have had them every night for over a week

Carla said...

Your block for the RR is beautiful!!

Barbeeque4 said...

What a beautiful wedding and wonderful location!!!! The RR is so great!!! Did you want to do a SAL with Quaker Christmas, I would totally enjoy that??? Let me know and I will hold off starting it.

edgar

Michele said...

I'm sure designing Edgar's square has been a challenge, but you are doing a wonderful job at it!

what a fairy tale location for the wedding .. I wish them many happy years .. but 3am!! oh my! lol

Deanne J said...

We celebrate bonfire night here in Newfoundland too.

Jessie said...

Thanks for sharing the story behind this celebration.Those castles are so beautiful!
You are a pretty lady!gorgeous!

Stitchingnow said...

The wedding sounds and looks like it was a great one. Love that castle.

Wendy said...

What an amazing place for a wedding! And thanks for the history lesson. I've heard of this holiday but never quite understood what it was about.

tintocktap said...

Stirling Castle would be a wonderful place for a wedding! Glad you had a great time.

As for fireworks, my DS really enjoyed them this year for the first time, instead of being scared by all the bangs!

Hazel said...

Did you see that Richard Hammond thing on Bonfire night where he reconstructed the House of Lords and blew it up as it would have been done if Guy hadn't got caught? It was very interesting and surprising too. Your RR looks fab as do all the lovely weding pics. xx

Ruth said...

Cheryl, do not despair! The RR is beautiful. Just beautiful.

You're right, the Guy body thing is creepy!

Happy anniversary to your sister.

Lauren said...

Wow, the wedding looks like it was wonderful!

The RR is amazing!

DaisyGirl said...

RR looks great! Have you heard from Lizzy? That movie V /Vendetta was about Guy Fauke's ordeal.
Donna

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Beautiful wedding, Cheryl. You looked gorgeous! Your RR is looking fantastic. It's so nice to read your blog!
Hugs,
Deb

tkdchick said...

What a cool wedding! You and your sister definately look alike!

Edgar's square looks great!

Concetta said...

Your Cirque des Cercle is gorgeous - I love the colours you've chosen. I'd really like to do this one day. BTW, thanks for the info on your sewing machine. I haven't bought one yet, but I'll be on the look out. 8-)

The wedding at Stirling Castle looked fantastic too - you go to so many weddings! :-)