söndag 3 maj 2015

A beltane with fires

The last day of april is one of the years celebrations that lasts from the pre christian time. It is also a day when students put on their caps (graduating students) and lots of young people get drunk. We use to visit a local bonfire  with fireworks and choir singing, but stayed at home this day to do some pet friendly fireworks. 
The photo below is from a few weeks ago when I had my yearly bonfire of garden scrap burnt. The ashes and coal makes perfect fertilizer for the veg garden.

Johan made the classical rascal trick; mixing sugar and potassium nitrate and lit it to fire. The heat of the reaction is very high and nitrous fumes is produced. Keep the kids away...

I made a smaller firework, actually in a test tube. This video below shows the result of it. I couldn't shoot the part when it started as I helt the tube in my hands and the crackling was a lot more violent than you can see here. A bit scary actually, I repeted in my head "please don't explode, don't explode".....

I also made a few more not so explosive experiments to show the kids, I guess you understand that we had as much fun as them. I absolutely love my job as a science teacher :-D

Tonic lit by an UV-pocket lamp. 

I love every season but one of my favourite is the return of May. Everything bursts in green and the delicate springflowers are the one we love most. 
The ash tree is full with budding flowers.

Around the foot of our tree is a small patch of wild anemones, these are very precious.

The most lovely scent of all spring flowers comes from the porcelain hyacinte (directly translated). Why isn't bottled in a perfume??

My pillow of primroses is coming to bloom.

Yellow star grows like weed in my vegetable garden

Soon to be rubarb pie.

Last but not least. Congratulations to Emma from Little Gothic Horrors for winning the candle in my giveaway. I have to find a proper box to ship it in. If you haven't read her blog I can highly redommend it to you, it's filled with lots of lovely, spooky and kooky posts.

17 kommentarer:

  1. Thats really neat what you did with the fireworks and fire!

    SvaraRadera
  2. Sharing the science experiments with the kids is fabulous! As always, your nature shots are absolutely beautiful! The wild anemones are so pretty!

    I'm so excited about winning your gorgeous candle! Thank you so much!!! ♥ ♥

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Still havent shipped it. But I have found a sturdy box for it now.

      Radera
  3. Fabulous beltane celebrations! One of my very favourite holidays.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. It is, It's the welcoming of spring. Usually beltane is one of a hellish cold night. Wich is good because it prevents the youth to drink too much.

      Radera
  4. Looks like a wonderful celebration. I can almost smell your flowers just from the description.

    SvaraRadera
  5. Lovely flowers again on your blog! I spent Beltane with my aunt and her friends celebrating her Birthday - which was nice, but I would have preferred to do something more witchy!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. In some villages around here the beltane is very far from christian and filled with myticism.

      Radera
  6. I wish that I`d had science teachers like you when I was at school! flowers looking nice.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I wonder what my students would say.... They complaining about not letting them make some explosives. They behave like windmills in white robes at the lab so, no explosives..

      Radera
  7. Jag håller med dig, äntligen vår! Vad stor eran rabarber är redan, min har bara pyttesmå blad än. Kram

    SvaraRadera
  8. Oh, you are so far ahead with flowers and things than we are here. It snowed on Saturday again! LOL

    We've found out we can grow rhubarb at this altitude, and also raspberries and Saskatoon berries. So despite my fear of bears, I'm going to get the spouse to plant some around the house so I can make pies and jams. I would miss getting it for free and having to buy it at the grocery store! :)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. It sounds very exotic to me that you can't even go outside in your own garden for fear of bears. Yes we have them in the forest that have outside my garden, but they are almost never visible around houses. Our bears are half as big as yours too.

      Radera
  9. one would think sweden was cooler than it is here in germany but i dont think we have this much stuff blooming yet XD

    SvaraRadera
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    1. It's the Atlantic stream from the south that warms up Scandinavia. Thanks for that. But considering the latitude, it is very easy to fool foreigners about polar bears on the streets :-D

      Radera
  10. So many gorgeous blooms!

    I love bonfires and am looking forward to lighting my own, very soon.

    I hope you're having a perfect weekend :)

    SvaraRadera