Even middle-class suburban kids love fire.

It started with David2 getting a hankering for toasted marshmallows like they had in Central. We have some old bricks lying around so the three younger boys constructed their fire pit.

p4110136Then they lit the match.

p4110139Yesterday was pretty gusty and windy so the fire burned through the few bits of dry twig that the boys had scrounged, so newspaper was brought into action by a maternal parent who shall remain nameless to keep the flames going. But safety first!

p4110146There’s nothing those dogs would have liked more than to be part of the action in “their” backyard, but somehow we just weren’t up for it. Middle-class suburban dogs probably aren’t very fire savvy.


I haven’t had toasted marshmallows in years. Not bad…

p4110147As the fire died down I went inside and left them to it. They had a lovely time. A sort of reward for the hideous day we all had… racing around doing all the jobs that we should have done over the holidays. There was a lot of geography and Maths involved, as well as dusting, sweeping and a spot of weeding. *sigh* School starts today for an 11 week term.

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11 Responses to Even middle-class suburban kids love fire.

  1. trash says:

    OMG! 11 weeks??? I think everyone over here would explode if they went for more than seven weeks without a holiday.

  2. Sandi says:

    Mmmm, toasted marshmallows! Are s’mores strictly a US thing, or do you make them, too? S’mores (as in “I’d like some more) are toasted marshmallows sandwiched between graham crackers with a piece of chocolate bar (traditionally Hershey’s). They’re crunchy and sweet and gooey and completely bad for you. But sooo good.

  3. Jayne says:

    Hmmm toasted marshmallows, yummo!
    11 weeks, waaaaaay too long for teachers and kids alike.

  4. Mad Woman says:

    11 weeks??? WOW. Although, I just looked and ours is 10 weeks. It’s next year that it’ll be all screwy. They moved our term dates for the Rugby World Cup 🙂

    I love toasted marshmallows. We’ve got a total fire ban on here right now, so I have to make do with the occasional s’more made in the microwave.

  5. Urspo says:

    kiddies everywhere like fires and destruction. I dare say it is in the genetics.

  6. Stomper Girl says:

    My 9yo is fascinated with fire, if someone lights one he will spend the whole evening in front of it, poking and feeding. Which is why you’ll hear me nagging him every so often : NEVER LIGHT A FIRE ON YOUR OWN, OKAY!?!?!?!??!

  7. maybaby says:

    Yum! We love toasted marshmallows. When the kids were small, if we got snowed in or lost power, I’d hand them toothpicks with mini marshmallows on them and let them toast them on a candle flame.

    Hours of fun, actually.

    We ran around and did stuff like that today. Tomorrow is our first day back after a week off for Easter. Then the end of our school term is May 30th.

  8. Scott says:

    You can do an Australian version of Sandi’s smores by sticking the marshmallow between two Chocolate Weatons (choc side facing inwards).
    Those dogs look adorable – why are you doing this to me?
    11 weeks – yep, enjoy that. Tell everyone hi.

  9. Marylee says:

    Love the curious pupsters picture! They were probably making sure you weren’t roasting hot dogs.

    I must be the only person in the world who prefers a marshmallow on a soda cracker and a toasted pecan half. I do them in the toaster oven when I’m starving for something sweet. (Not bad with a Hershey’s square on there, too, but usually the Hershey has already been eaten during my previous craving.

  10. Urspo says:

    Just as long as he doesn’t burn no grackles.


  11. river says:

    I have never had toasted marshmallows.
    Yes, my life is that sad. Ha Ha

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