On November 5, 1605, Guy Fawkes who was guarding gun powder meant to overthrow monarchy was arrested. Thanks to this, there was no massive explosion. Years later, people in the United Kingdom celebrate this event of NOT having an explosion with… lots and lots of explosions. Technically, it is fireworks, of course, but isn’t it odd that the prevention of something is celebrated with the very thing? Anyway, there are also bonfires all over the place before and after and of course on the exact date. As November is usually quite dark and depressing, it is understandable that everyone wants to have some more light.
Day 892, Friday, November 9. The day of the Weston Carnival, yet another way to look back at 1605 and the Gunpowder Plot. The weather turned quite awful: strong wind, rain which is more than a shower. It was even said that the carnival could be cancelled. We actually found out about the carnival while shopping for food in the Tesco Superstore and a voice from the loudspeakers said that because of the carnival the store would be closed at 5 pm. I don’t think this would work in Estonia. Close the store because of an event? It does run by the store, so it is fully logical that they close it. But in Estonia people would be angry because they would discover that they have to go and buy something right when it is impossible. We do think it is quite nice that the employers decided to close the supermarket and give their employees the chance to enjoy the big event.
We walked to the streets where the carnival passed by just when it started. At first, the weather was tolerable. I even said that the rain wasn’t that bad once you get used to it. We took the dog with us, which might have not been the greatest idea. For us, handling dogs is so new and we don’t really know what is wrong and what is right. I had some doubts about taking a dog to a noisy place with lots of people but he did need his walk and we hadn’t gone out before, waiting for the weather to clear up. He was heading towards the carnival at a very fast pace but got confused once there. Lots of lights, noise, people. Then it started to pour. We did get some glimpses of the carnival, truly something we had never seen before, but we couldn’t stay for long. Confused dog, soaked people… went back into warm apartment. I do recommend the carnival! It’s part of a tour and there will be more until November 17. After having seen some of it, I understand even better why people want some light in their November. Especially with this rain!
In addition to the progression, there were people fundraising for charity, stalls selling food, etc. The town came into life after the dark.
1. Own and live in a house.
Hardly made any progress towards this goal. Oh, in fact, I did check out how to create e-books (the design part) because I am
building a money machine writing a Christmas recipes e-book.
2. Write AND publish a book.
Wrote a new post for my food blog. At last! Started reading/listening (audio book) Dorothy Sayers’ Gaudy Night which I need to finish before Monday. This is for my genre fiction workshop and it is a representative of detective fiction. Will have to analyse it and try my hand at a similar creative piece. First published in 1935, it’s an old one!
3. Win a major race.
Easy run. Heart rate 134, pace 5.21, which is pretty good, but coach thought that I might be doing the recovery runs too fast. Oh well, let’s try an even slower pace then and see what the heart rate does.
Photo of the Day
A carnival photo, which doesn’t look the greatest because of the rain. Check the carnival video on Instagram!