The house still stands…

in spite of the best efforts by our neighbours.

Yesterday, within the space of less than a mile there were 3 booths selling fireworks …   

The first one – not open yet -  8.30am  

The second one -  not open either:

The third one -  closest to home – open and doing business before 9am.  We didn't actually buy any -  I just noted their presence and the fact that the last one has hand written signs saying that "We do not sell things that explode, blow up or go in the air" .  In DC "legal" fireworks are sparklers less than 20 inches, crackles, strobes and fountains.  Things noted on those signs require a permit.  I don't think many people around me get permits.

  The manservant barbecued hot dogs for dinner -  the makings:

Made:  The little green bits are chopped pepper from the garden:

And this is why we don't leave the house unattended on July 4.  Neighbours setting off noisy bright things that involve burning embers flying through the air…….   that's the roof & awning of our house the embers are coming towards:


This can make one a little nervous. We drank heavily, whilst keeping vigil, sitting on our top deck – we constantly had things raining down on us. Everyone in our row has timber decks – a lot of us have timber fences.  It has not rained for ages and the wood was like kindling. At one stage they set a fence on fire.  They did have a fire extinguisher on hand but still ….  not cool!


Raining over the wooden deck rails: 


And raining down on us


Incoming  – from all directions!! 

  Prettiest one of the night:  

This is a small collection of the crap which made its way onto our top deck last night.  Those little stone/glass things hurt when they hit you!  


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July 4


It's a gorgeous day today; the perfect sort of day for a dog on a potato bread roll:

The weatherman said it was "perfect firework weather".  Well, I hate perfect firework weather.   It would be okay if the only fireworks here were on the National Mall, or organised displays; but they're not.  Hundreds of people in my neighbourhood seem to have hoards of illegal fireworks waiting to set them off under the cover of darkness tonight. 

Last year was our first year in this house and we had been warned by older neighbours.  It drizzled all day and we were relieved, once the sun set,  that our house and wooden decks were dampened down.  

Tonight I will be sitting on the deck holding the hose,  imbibing some good red stuff, nervously watching for errant embers and children on fire!  

My local firehouse is likely to be busy tonight – just hopefully not in my row of houses! 

Have a happy & safe Independence Day.

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