Sniff that — 10 Comments

  1. Yes indeed, the smell of a bonfire is wondrous and very, very natural. Like freshly mown grass, baking bread and roasting coffee. All natural products, and all evocative of life.

    I'm very much a supporter of preserving our natural environment and not despoiling it with pollution. I'm emphatically NOT a supporter of 'green' legislation that serves no purpose other than that of furthering some bizarre 'environmental' agenda that wants us all to revert to a cro-magnon way of life. Fuck that.

    • My little bonfires are but a raindrop compared to the oceans of shit that industry pumps out.  Add to that the fact that nature has been burning off undrgrowth long before man was invented, so I have no qualms whatsoever in ignoring their petty little regulations.  As you say – fuck that.

  2. I like the smell of a good bonfire myself.

    Yet another unenforceable law. You’re pretty unlikely to get caught in the countryside.

    What kind of a person would report someone for having a bit of a bonfire?

    And who would they report it to, the guards?

    People are sick and tired of senseless laws and nannying.

    • There are always those who might feel it's their "civic duty" do run to the authorities.

      Fortunately people around here have the sense to respect the old traditions and enjoy the benefits of a rich scent in the air.

      I believe that if you want to dob your neighbour in it, the local county council are only too happy to send their enforcers around.  What a sad world we live in?

      • I tried to burn the mouldering small branches lopped some time ago off a willow tree in my garden. A dog behind the tall hedge separating my home from a nearby village estate began barking as smoke blew upward and sideward. Its owner came out and peered at me through the hedge and gave me a ticking off. I filled the kettle with water and dampened the rustling fire.

        What can I do about future garden debris?

        Agreed that mountain gorse in bloom and freshly mown grass are nature's perfume during the Irish summer. In May and June the musk wafts from hawthorn hedges (an sceach geal, which we're not supposed to bring inside a house) are for me more sensual than any erotic movie.

        • Tell your friend in the hedge that you're having a barbecue and that they can fuck off and mind their own business.

  3. We aren't allowed to light a bonfire here until October for obvious reasons (the local nudist beach is still recovering from a forest fire last week) but apart from only burning in the winter we can have one whenever we want.  Once the olive harvest starts the smaller branches are burnt in-situ and small fires are everywhere on the island.  I'd like to see anyone try and stop that!

    • I could imagine that flying sparks would pose a small hazard on a nudist beach all right. 

      Greece may have its problems but it sounds to me like an eminently sensible country.  Maybe I should move there?

      • At nudist colonies they have barbecue fires, but they actively discourage the burning of fig leaves.

        • Talk about living dangerously?  It brings a whole new meaning to "burning the sausage on the barbecue"?

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