Heave and heave-ho**
Dray the branches to the heap, To the heap, to the heap. Drag the branches to the heap, Heave and heave-ho.
Pile them high and stack them steep, Stack them steep, stack them steep. Pile them high and stack them steep, Heave and heave-ho.
Pack the spaces strong and firm, Strong and firm, strong and firm. Pack the spaces strong and firm, Heave and heave-ho.
Stand well back, it's time to burn, Time to burn, time to burn. Stand well back, it's time to burn, Heave and heave-ho.When we were little, in our family, we would enjoy the bonfire, the sparks, the flames, dancing fire fairies, and of course, the being out late!! Then our parents would cook baked potatoes in the embers, wrapped in tin foil delicious! Bonfires are a wonderful opportunity for little ones to €˜stay up late' - and this time with permission! To be out under the night sky is very special, able to gaze at the stars above, and enjoy the fire fairies amongst the flames of the fire. And, of course, it doesn't have to be a large bonfire. A small fire for your family of gnomes is perfect, especially if together you have been gathering treasures collected in your garden and on your autumn walks, which can be brought together to create a wonderful way to celebrate the end of Autumn; A Gnomes' bonfire party*! To create a Gnomes' Bonfire Party €œprepare a small fire€¦ and allow it to establish a good bed of hot embers. Seat all the Autumn Garden gnomes comfortably at a suitable distance from the fire and then gather every pod, leaf, cone and other scrap from the Autumn Garden that the gnomes have not been able to use, and feed them into the fire one by one. They will each burn in an individual way some with a bright flare, some with a crackle, some with a shower of golden sparks. (Chestnuts and acorns that have not been pierced with a knife may explode, so be sure the fire is guarded.) Take time to enjoy each €˜firework', but leave the pine cones until last if the conditions are right and they are undisturbed, they might turn to gold before your very eyes!€ And for the Gnomes?? Perhaps a feast as a reward for all their hard work... ...but be quick! It will soon be gone! However you celebrate this night together, happy Bonfire Night! *All Year Round: Ann Druitt, Christine Fynes-Clinton, Marije Rowling ** Julie Tonkin, and Candy Verney adapted from a traditional song