Monday, October 29, 2007

First fire




We gave in last night. Just short of November. Not bad going.

17 comments:

Dick said...

Beautiful autumn pictures.

marlyat2 said...

Like that burning cone.

marja-leena said...

Really!? We've had fires for some weeks. Fantastic photos.

leslee said...

Oh, that looks cozy. I think this is our first real fall day here, quite crisp. I wore knit gloves for the first time when I went out for a walk after work.

Dave said...

The first fire
sprouts from a pine cone's cluster
of crackling tongues.

(Love that last photo!)

julie said...

Gorgeous flames. I love the blue coming out of that pinecone!

Lee said...

Oh wow! They are beautiful!

Robin Starfish said...

Ah, warming hands to the monitor. Needs a soundtrack though!

Meanwhile, we're still waiting, just can't seem to get that first valley frost going this year!

Tall Girl said...

I feel a little sad not having a real fire in this house, your pictures are so evocative of that glow... one day eh?

meggie said...

Ahh! I miss all that!!
The magic, the mystique, of the flame...

Tom said...

Gasp... what lovely photos. Very magical. Robin's going to love these!

Plutarch said...

You can smell the burning pine cones and feel the warmth.

Lucy said...

thank you all!
The pretty cobalt blue flames are a bit of a cheat, I think; it's actually a special product that comes as a log but sweeps the chimney chemically. They've never burned blue before, though so perhaps they've added something; there was some residue of it left in the grate tonight and it's still burning merrily blue with a few licks of green too. One Christmas someone gave us some amaretti biscuits in little coloured wax paper wrappers, we found they made a very pretty multicoloured display when screwed up into balls and thrown in the fire!
Tom - lovely to see you here dear, and a Happy Birthday. I'm sure that fiendish pyromaniac Robin will be able to find interesting things to give colourful effects when you have your new open fire!

Tall Girl said...

Oh but don't you know what you must do with amaretti papers? You must roll them into loose tubes, stand them upright and gently light the tops, the flame burns down and then - behold - lift-off! They float delicately straight upwards. Have you never seen this little trick?? Hope someone gives you some more soon.

zhoen said...

I can nearly smell the woodsmoke. ummm.

herhimnbryn said...

Beautiful L. We are supposed to be at the of our summer, but lit the fire last night as the temp was 7 degrees.
I miss fir cones on the fire.

Lucy said...

TG - I have a memory of seeing that done, or perhaps just hearing about it, but didn't know it was amaretti papers. The amaretti we've had of late must have been faairly cheap and nasty ones as they've come in cellophane sachets, not the pretty wax papers! I 'll have to look out for some posh ones.
Thanks Z and HHB - H, it always surprises me how chilly it seems to be in chez vous!