With the installation of the fire pit in the back yard, the opportunity to sit around it and enjoy the atmosphere created was something we had all looked forward to.
Along with the tidying up of the yard and the cleaning out of the timber under the shed, we had a ready supply of material to burn.
Our first occasion was at family dinner night. The fire was stoked up; we began the ritual of the moving chairs as the fire began we drew close and as it took light and burned with greater ferocity we moved back to save our bits being scorched.
There followed a series of nights where sitting around our version of a campfire was a much-anticipated way of winding down and sharing a drink or two before dinner.
The fire pit had been installed over a base that was worked on for several hours. Our original plan had been to use a piece of sandstone that had been lying under the house for as long as I could remember as a sort of centrepiece.
The problem soon arose that the bricks we were using and the sandstone block clashed in a geometrical way. Bricks are squarer, and the sandstone block was not so the chief engineer and bricklayer abandoned the sandstone block, as it just wouldn’t fit. So despite our disappointment, the base we constructed is solid and practical to purpose.
We look forward to many more evenings around the campfire, the weather at present is cool at night and so very conducive to campfires and romantic gestures.