Last Saturday (5th November) in the UK was Bonfire Night, when fireworks chaos reigns in the country and everyone who owns a pet that gets frightened by the noise cringes! Since our oldest Chihuahua, Dash, gets quite agitated by fireworks, and Midge has a Grade 6 heart murmur, we needed a fallback plan to stop them getting anxious (although they don’t appear anxious in the photo below, taken that same night when they heard their supper bowls coming out of the cupboard – the blurriness is due to them both suddenly looking up at the sound of the bowls clinking together)!
Since we live in a built-up area there was no chance it was going to be a quiet night. In addition to that, our local council decided to organise two free firework displays on the following evening. So, to escape all that excitement, we decided to spend a couple of nights at our caravan, where the fireworks were more likely to be fewer and not so close. This proved a good move, since the only organised displays in nearby villages had finished by 8:00pm and the wet and windy weather probably deterred some people. We only had to resort to having the TV turned up loud for a couple of hours to get us through the noisiest time! And on Sunday night there wasn’t a single firework to be heard there, so the dogs (and us) were quite chilled!
Some of the villages in the area have shelves of pre-owned books set up in bus shelters that you can take, borrow or buy for a small charitable donation to a local church or community centre. It’s very rare that I’ll find anything to interest me, but on the Sunday morning while we were away I did!
The book in the middle of the picture above is a compilation of what were judged to be the 12 best-ever Commando comics ever, so I just had to borrow that! For those not familiar with them, Commando comics were small 64-page war stories with two picture frames to a page and they were first published in the early 1960s. As a kid I read them all the time, so I was pleased to find this compilation. Although my memory’s not great I didn’t recognise the titles of any of the stories in this book so I’ll enjoy reading it. Not obvious in the photo is the thickness of the book – it’s got over 700 pages!
The book on the right is the latest Osprey Men-At-Arms title that came out at the end of last month. This book wasn’t in the bus shelter rack, I just happened to have bought it and taken it to the caravan for some serious reading!