Although this photo was taken yesterday (Thursday) during a morning spent out and about in Bradfield Dale, on Tuesday evening we were in the same spot where we were sitting cosily in our car.
You may wonder why we were parked on a dark country lane? Well, the date was 5th November which is the traditional evening on which bonfire parties and firework displays are held in the UK, although these days large events are organised for the weekend if the date falls in the week.
The village inn at High Bradfield, which is next to the church, has been hosting this popular event for years and since moving to the area we've often gone along to it. We drove along the top road and through the village, but we didn't stay there as the narrow lanes were crowded with visitors. Instead we decided to stay warm, sit in the car and watch the firework display from across the valley as the village and landmark church are so high up we could get a good view of the fireworks as they burst across the night sky. The Jubilee Beacon had been lit instead of a bonfire this year. We could see an observer helicopter overhead, the lights of traffic, including a bus, circling the area, going up the steep hill from Low Bradfield to High Bradfield and then across the moor road. When the display had finished we left and were soon back home since we're only a few minutes drive away.
I took some night time shots, but of course, with mixed results and the above was edited to show the outline of the church against the night sky as well as a burst of light and colour from the fireworks. The others are not edited and there were some strange, but beautiful images.
the Jubilee Beacon
the crowds in the courtyard of the inn
High Bradfield and the inn on Thursday, 7th November
St. Nicholas' Church and the inn from the lane leading to Low Bradfield.
More about our Thursday morning around Bradfield next time. It's always good to see autumnal colours against blue skies!