Burning Summer’s Clippings

This is the diary post for 15th November. We had no internet connection last night, so I could not publish it then.

My uploading struggles continued today, but I did manage to transfer the last problematic image to yesterday’s post, and made more progress with shedding.

Richard from Kitchen Makers skimmed the ceiling of the former dressing room and fitted a new light into the airing cupboard in which he has built new shelves offering more space.

Jackie, meanwhile, made a start on burning the summer’s garden clippings. True to form, I had to abandon uploading a further one of these images.

After taking over bonfire duties later this afternoon, I published https://derrickjknight.com/2021/11/15/a-knights-tale-65-the-peel-institute/ The illustrations to this were already the WordPress Media file.

This evening we dined on a second helping of Jackie’s wholesome winter stewp with fresh crusty bread, accompanied by the same beverages as yesterday.


  1. Burning clippings and bits of branches in Nottingham is strictly verboten. Instead, you have to put it in your brown bin with the paler brown lid (not the grey lid,which is for recyclable items that do not have sellotape on them). Every fortnight, the binmen come and take your tree parts away to the biggest compost heap in the world. Meanwhile, what do we do with our ordinary rubbish? The council burns it, but in a completely green way, of course:


  2. Love the images of the bonfire.

    Your house is going to be so organised when the renovations are complete – tidy airing cupboard, neat wardrobes, and all the built up paperwork filed in the shredder!

    I’m glad everything is alright, I did wonder when I realised you hadn’t posted.
    Sorry about the dreadful internet problems – only two more days to go!.

  3. I would love to have a bonfire to rid our garden of piles of clippings … alas they are verboten here too and at the first wisps of smoke rising up (that does not smell of braaivleis) we would have the fire fire department racing up the hill. In these tinder dry drought conditions this is not a bad move – fires are easily started by a windblown ember.

  4. You and Jackie are displaying the early signs of pyromania … which might come in handy for me soon, as this is my 3rd attempt to send you a comment here on your post … I have had 3 days of the computer ‘go-slows’ and internet stoppages .. and I’m tottering on the edge setting the system “alight” … ‘they’ say things should be back to normal in the morming … hmmm .. fingers crossed Derrick …

    1. We would take them to the tip, but we now have to make an appointment on line to do so – it would take forever in our Modus. Pre-Covid we always took them in smaller quantities. Thanks a lot, Sheree

  5. Good progress on the remodel work, Derrick. It will be so nice when completed. We also use an old wheelbarrow as a fire pit. More for “sitting around the fire” than ridding the yard of waste.

  6. The scent of burning leaves used to be a fall feature when I was growing up at the dawn of time. Later, when it was my job to deal with yard waste, I composted it and enjoyed really spectacular garden produce the next season. It was a reasonable trade off.

  7. We don’t get too many Autumn leaves around here. There’s just the odd smattering of deciduous trees here in our town. There’s more gum leaves on the ground after heavy winds – all year round.

  8. I wondered why you weren’t posting! Now I know. Darn internet problems! Glad you are up and running again!
    Hey, Jackie…”Come on, baby, light my fire!” 😉
    Hope you both have a wonderful night’s rest/sleep and a great day tomorrow!
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

  9. Richard loves a bonfire and gets well kippered standing next to it and giving it a poke every now-and-then. He waits until the wind is blowing away from local houses. It is good to get rid of bulky clippings that way. I am sorry you are having such awful internet problems.

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