Six word Saturday

Firework Display or Strictly Come Dancing?

Fireworks over Hartlepool Headland- courtesy of Tony Dowson

Beautiful aren’t they?

I can almost hear the “ooh”s and “aah”s

I was born on Guy Fawkes Day, so fireworks on Bonfire Night always seem like a personal celebration for me.  I’m like a big kid when I hear the “whoosh” and “zip, zip, zzzip”.  But I hate the cold.  Our town firework display takes place on the seafront, and as parking is always an issue, involves an invigorating walk beside the sea to get there.  The lights of the boats twinkle far out on the water and on a sharp frosty night the stars are needle bright.  Romantic, but cold!

So usually I wrap up warm, and we make the bracing walk, then come home smelling of smoke.  This year I’m not sure if I want to.  The Winter seems to have come around too fast, and I’m just a little sad.

Inimitable compere, Brucie, with dazzling Tess Daly

Flavia’s flying!

Temptation beckons in the form of “Strictly Come Dancing”.  I love the show with a passion and have done since its beginnings.  I even watch the fanzine every night!  For a whole half hour the laptop is switched off (well, sometimes) as I watch the dance sequences over again.

The past few years we’ve recorded the show while we’ve gone to the fireworks, then there’s something to look forward to when the “ooh-ing” and “aah-ing” stops.  Shall we do that again this year?  I’ll have to wait and see.

None of the images are my own this week.  My very talented stepbrother, Tony Dowson, is a professional photographer and took the fireworks shots when the Tall Ships came to Hartlepool in 2010. (what an occasion that was!)  The others are borrowed from Strictly.

Are you joining in with Cate’s challenge?  The details are all in Show My Face, or you can simply click on the header.  Have a happy and safe Bonfire Night, and wrap up warm.


  1. I watched the display from my bedroom window last night and it was just as loud and spectacular as ever. What a good idea to go over to the headland to watch, now why didn’t I think of that? Keep that in mind for next year. Happy birthday for tomorrow. 🙂

    1. Many thanks, David. We always go to Seaton for the fireworks because it’s nice if you can hear the music, but we were on the Headland for the Tall Ships when Tony took these, and it does frame a good shot.

  2. I love the fireworks and the joyful feel of the post… Born on Guy Fawkes, eh? You must be a bit of a fire cracker too. 😆
    Thank you for checking in during the Hurricane… your kind wishes were appreciated!

    1. My husband would absolutely agree with you! I enjoyed my visit and am thrilled that you have spent so much time on mine. Life seems to be getting back on track in NYC, but for some poor folks it’ll never be the same.

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