Some photos from the firework display in Longford Park tonight.
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We bought a cheap box of fireworks on saturday morning and decided to throw a fireworks party. It was last minute and friends from Uni had exams and write-ups to do so we didn't expect a very big turn out. In the end there were only 5 of us, which wasn't too bad because our garden is only small.
Some of the fireworks recommended a minimum distance of 25m. Our garden is only 8m long so we were a bit close. Things started to get a bit worrying when we almost had glowing embers raining down on us from one of the larger fireworks.
We live near the Butts Park Arena, not far from the middle of Coventry. Every year they hold a big firework display. We get a good view from the front of the house so we watched the display for a few minutes. There is a row of houses blocking part of the view but we saw enough to appreciate that it was a spectacular display.
We are off to a hamster show on sunday so we decided to have our Firework Party a couple of days early, on friday instead. Last year we left the firework buying til last minute and I think we had to go to about 4 supermarkets before we found one which still had some in stock.
We had invited some of Emma's friends from Uni and when we opened the door to let one in, a cat ran in. It was the one from down the road which is often lurking outside in the mornings and tries to slow me down on the way to work. There were other people in the area letting off fireworks and she obviously didn't want to be outside with all the noise.
She ran upstairs and hid under the bed but soon came downstairs and would wander back and forth between the front room and the kitchen. Later arrivals thought she was our cat. She looked hungry so we gave her some of the cat biscuits we get for the hamsters.
We had bought two boxes of fireworks so we let off one box first before retreating back into the house for a drink of hot spiced cider. This was inspired by the hot cider sold at various festivals, and is made along similar lines to a mulled wine, with coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger simmered to give extra flavour. Later on after more guests arrived we let off the second box.
First time around, the catherine wheels didn't stay attached to the fence and one fell onto the path, setting fire to some dried leaves. Second time, we hammered them into the fence with a bit more force. They didn't spin round very well and we ended up with melted lump of plastic on the end of the nail.
At the end of the night, the cat wouldn't leave and she ended up sleeping at the end of our bed. We were woken up in the early hours of the morning by her walking about on the bed trying to attract our attention. I got up and followed her downstairs - she was telling us that she wanted to go outside. At least we know she is well housetrained. We haven't found any 'presents' left behind any of the furniture. At least not yet.