Fire is many things to different people: dangerous, useful, warming, destructive.
Of course all of them can be true, but humans wouldn't have survived in the British Isles without it.
Remembering that we've gathered around outdoor fires for thousands of years puts me in a pensive mood whenever I light my own.
Image embedded from the Times archive - Stone age man making fire.
Now we approach bonfire night, there are no doubt some bits of garden rubbish waiting to be burned.
Fire is hypnotic and beautiful to people of all ages, and teaching youngsters about the dangers and pleasures of fire in a safe setting can ensure fun is had without any mishaps.
Here are my top tips for a safe, fun bonfire:
Why not go for the full experience and cook on your fire?
Restrictions for fire lighting anywhere that's not your own land are complex, so stick to your garden or check with the land owner before going ahead. It's always good to heed the Coutryside code, leave no trace.
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