Requested by Amie

Faux Guy Fawkes Day

I am completely changing your requested list @amieshmamie. But I couldn't think of anything to say about autumn that hasn't been said. Except this...
  1. When I was growing up, my family lived in England for 8 years. My dad was civilian with the military and we always lived off-base and made many wonderful British friends.
    Me with the pigtails.
  2. One of our favorite British traditions was Guy Fawkes Day or "Bonfire Night".
  3. It's a somewhat gruesome holiday based on the capture of Guy Fawkes who was trying to blow up parliament in 1506.
    I haven't seen it, but V for Vendetta is based on Guy Fawkes.
  4. It's supposed to be celebrated on November 5th, but since moving back to the U.S. we celebrate whenever weather permits.
    Remember remember the 5th of November. Gunpowder, treason, and plot. I know of no reason why the Gunpowder treason should ever be forgot!
  5. We eat "jacket potatoes" (baked potatoes), chili, and apples with homemade caramel.
  6. There's a pie contest and I win almost every year. Not to brag. Just stating facts.
    I get nervous every time. I never test the pies beforehand, but I guess I'm really good at picking recipes. This year's: http://www.somethingswanky.com/pumpkin-bomb-pie/
  7. We make effigies of Guy and have a contest. Usually the one made by adorable kids wins. But this year Trump was a close second...
    Let's hope that's true to life.
  8. Then we throw them on the fire. See what I mean by somewhat gruesome?
  9. It may be my favorite holiday of the year.
  10. And that's what autumn looks like to me.