I’m fascinated by fire! There, I’ve said it. Not in a pyromaniacal kind of way but in the ‘let’s gather around a campfire’ kind of way. Since the Spring I’ve been in search of equipment to create a modern interpretation of a traditional campfire, something with a little more character than a disposable supermarket BBQ.

Our evening mooring provided an ideal opportunity to assemble the kit and see how it’d work in reality. So here’s a record of our first firing

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The kids were seduced from the offing, they loved the idea of a campfire, set up on a blanket they broke twigs and tore paper for kindling and sat expectantly as the first flickerings rose…
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The kindling was soon alight, we added logs and sat back to watch the dancing flames – magical!
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Patiently waiting for the fire to die back to enable marshmallow toasting…
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Only one of us actually liked the toasted marshmallows, but everyone loved sticking a marshmallow on a skewer, and holding it in the embers to toast…
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Creative cuisine, toasted ‘Rich Tea’ biscuits with marshmallow and melted chocolate! Mmmm…
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The kettle completes the look. Mol is fascinated by the flames and happy to poke around in the embers for ages, Joe is more wary…
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Happy kids, being safe, taking responsibility. A moment of real achievement.
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Now, how about a cuppa???
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Oh, and lest we forget the Kellie Kettle, we’d three on the go at one point merrily boiling up water for washing-up. Sat on blocks of timber they don’t scorch the grass at all.

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