The sun is setting late – and the light was glowing golden this evening about a quarter to 10.
Marit posted about their Midsummer Night Bonfire on the 24th.
It put me to thinking about 1998 and my six months in Bosnia. As a relatively senior officer, I was invited to a lot of official functions. One such one was Midsummer at SweBat for food, bonfire and music.
The US method of running a bonfire would be to plan it all out, publish an order which assigned every last bit of responsibility, from perimeter set up, through extinguishing the bonfire. And everything in between with regulations about what you can and can not burn. Probably would have wanted to have the fire inside a barrel and have everyone 1/2 a mile back.
The SweBat commander asked one of the NCOs to take care of it. The troops gathered all the stray wood and anything else that looked like it would be fun to burn; making a huge pile. They rounded up a couple of fire extinguishers. At the end of the short formal program the commander made an announcement along the lines that “fire is hot and if you are stupid enough to stand too close you are going to get burned.”
That bonfire burned for hours, lighting up the comradery and music. It was never out of control and those present brushed off the occasional flying ember. I am sorry I didn’t have a camera then, it would be nice to have pictures.
US Rules and Regs vs Swedish common sense and personal responsibility.
But this what you really wanted to see.
First – the Jacarandas are finished. I love both the color and the simple but great pattern.
Next – since I am on a Chameleon Colorworks roll, I cast on for the Sea Dragon socks. The pattern is a knit-purl combination that only really appears when the sock stretched out. And surprise, it is a toe up sock. I am following the pattern for the first sock, from figure 8 cast on through short row heel. Depending on how it goes, I just might do the same for the second sock.
Two teens headed back to school, and the third catches the 0806 in the morning. I survived my PT today. And we will not talk about Bahn Cards. Maybe tomorrow when I have recovered from the latest round.