Bonfire Sculpture for East Hoathly Carnival -10th November 2012
A very wet bonfire site greeted us on Saturday- it has never been this wet before we've started- often this wet during and after but never before- it is going to be soggy build for this years East Hoathly Carnival's Bonfire Sculpture.
And what do you do when you have a flood- call for a plumber! Robbie firing up the generator to run the pump- Andy Cherry turned up with two brilliant pumps which started to shift the worst of the water-
First pole up- pumping water out of the second hole before we lift the second pole up. Ronnie watches as Mike and Robbie attend to the pump.
This is the view that greeted us Sunday morning. The white door under the poles hides a sump we dug. Lots more pumping continued. Progress was very slow this weekend- what we have done has come together really well- here's how we left the bonfire Sunday lunchtime for a pint up the Kings Head-
Much drier a the fire site this morning- small team out again today- but progress was good.
Can you see what it is yet!
I abandoned the team on Sunday- headed to Cornwall for a bit of a rest. They did brilliantly. This is what I came home to.
Incredibly wet though!
For those not familiar with our bonfire sculpture's here's a couple of links of previous works
Saturday 3rd of November
Good progress today- here's how we finished up-
Heavy rain over night meant the flooding was worse than ever and we've not got the pump anymore. We've managed to get over the worst with pallets and ply.
Had a pretty good day on the sculpture- though we lost the first hour to an incredibly heavy downpour and then stopped at 1pm as the wind had got up and the fire was too dangerous to work on- this is how we left it today- can you guess what it is yet!!
Will be taking some time off work on Thursday and Friday to get finished in time for the Carnival on Saturday.
Will update the blog so you will hopefully see it finished then.
Thursday the 8th Nov saw 6 of us out working on the bonfire- lots missing unable to get out of work- a sign of the times!
Almost there! It really has come along really well- just a little bit more to do tomorrow-
So here is East Hoathly And Halland Carnival Society's bonfire sculpture for 2012. We finished todays work in the headlights of vehicles, getting the last finishing touches done. An ancient oak pollard, with its huge, hollow and gnarled trunk. it's weather blasted crown, stag antler die back. One of the iconics symbols of our country.
It will be illuminated with flood lights tonight, if you decide to come to the village to see it we'll be in the Kings Head (if not we still down the torch shed as it is 'Dip Night') And then the roads are closed to traffic from 5pm tomorrow (10th Nov) and the fire is due to be burnt a litttle after 9pm. If you are heading to the village for the carnival- have a safe and enjoyable evening, give generously to the collectors- and If you do get a good photo of the fire burning then please email it to me and I'll add it to this blog.
Must get on busy day ahead- if I get chance I'll add a photo of the fire floodlit later.
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And here it is floodlit! (thanks to Alex for the Photo)
Monday 12th Nov.
All over for another year- as far as I know everything went extremely well this weekend- Click here to see Jim Holden's brilliant photos of the weekend
Fortunately we had Mike Brown taking a time lapse film of the build you can catch it here on YouTube
Thanks again for reading this blog, please check back lots of exciting news to be announced over the next week or two.