Monday, 12 July 2021
Saturday, 19 June 2021
I invited friends to enjoy a fire appreciation evening a few weeks back, which sparked (hah!) the purchase of a new fire pit - cos ours had rusted through (after nearly three years of excellent service). The replacement was a $50.00 Facebook marketplace find, with a welded safety edge and legs. How good is that?
We still had plenty of firelighters and wood from our Byron Bay weekend, as well as some old furniture pieces from a recent clean-up. We dined on BBQ-ed sausages, corn on the cob, "space potatoes" (baked in foil) and a lovely salad made by our guests.
Nick and I achieved our 700th geocaching find during the week, so dessert was a celebratory cake (in fire theme) - after some giant marshmallow toasting. Once all the cooking was done, we added magic flame packs to the fire and admired all the pretty colours.
We had giant sparklers as a finale but Mr Dog was very weird with those - and seemed to think he needed to protect everyone. (Well, I assume all the barking and dashing about was due to alarm. He was definitely excited and not in a good way, so we put the pack away again)!
It was a great night and really enjoyed sharing it with friends. Now that the weather is cooler, there may be opportunity for another evening under the stars in the not-too-distant future. We might even drag the camper trailer out for some backyard camping - maybe!
I found lots of cake inspiration by googling "free printable campfire cupcake toppers". After all the browsing I decided on one larger cake, dusted with icing sugar "ash". I used a mix of lollies and biscuits for the fire. The coals were orange, red and brown smarties as well as raspberry jelly sweets. The firewood was Arnott's TeeVee Snacks Malt Sticks and some thinner chocolate Pocky sticks.
Sunday, 13 June 2021
Monday, 31 May 2021
There was a firepit on site, which we really appreciated!
Nick was in charge of lighting the fire and gave my firelighters a great review. (He lit them from both ends).
As you can see the colour-changing flame powder was an excellent inclusion and made for superb fire gazing! We have used this or a similar product previously but these packs were extra magical - lots of colours, which continued for ages. We were very impressed!
My initial plan had been to stay in Lismore because the focus of the trip was to view the Max Dupain exhibition at the Lismore gallery. When looking for accommodation though, I spotted this lovely old van set-up in Byron Bay - so we booked it instead (and then discovered we were right next door to friends)!
Nick had received a leg injection earlier in the week and suffered an adverse reaction, which caused a lot of pain. We managed a few activities but not as much walking as we'd usually do - though he very determinedly hobbled around the Lighthouse and down to the most easterly point of Australia's mainland!