Bonfire

After we cut all the dead privets off along the boundary fence last Monday, we thought that we could as well burn it as it was dry and there was hardly any wind on that day. The kids concluded that we could then have a bonfire, have marshmallows and invite some friends. Said and done.

What a beautiful evening we had. Thank to all that came and joined in. Could not have had a better evening for it.

We had to chase the cows away a few times, they had no fear of fire and were very interested in it.

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