The Gunpowder Plot

In 1605 a man names Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up the King of England and Scotland – King James the 1st on the 5/11/1605.

Gunpowder was planted under the houses of Parliament by Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspiritors. Guy Fawkes job was to guard it. But a guard at the houses of Parliament discovered the plot and the gunpowder barrels and Guy Fawkes was captured and arrested and tried for treason. Guy Fawkes and his conspiritors were sentenced to death for treason against the king. The other conspiritors were mutilated and hung but luckily Guy Fawkes avoided his terrible fate. He fell from the scaffold and broke his neck. 

Ever since then every 5th of November the whole of the United Kingdom celebrates the death of Guy Fawkes and burns dolls of him on a bonfire and sets off fireworks. Celebrating the death of England greatest terrorist who attempted treason against the first king of the United Kingdom. 

But was Guy Fawkes really evil as everyone says?  Was he actually a terrorist against king and country?  Guy Fawkes attempted to kill the king in 1605 because king James 1st had declared death of all catholics as heretics and was hounding them out to their deaths and attempting to destroy the religion. Along with the witch hunt he declared at the time he had declared all catholics in the United Kingdom as heretics and sentenced anyone who believed in Catholism to death.

It seems to me that Guy Fawkes was in fact a Catholic freedom fighter who believed in Catholism strongly. He like other catholics were in danger. The lifes of all catholics in danger. 

Coming from a Catholic family myself he fought for the life’s of us and what my family and many more familys believe in. He risked it all so people like my family could live. He fought and died for his people. He tried to stop the king and replace him with the next in line to the throne – a Catholic princess. 
So in the eyes of Catholism Guy Fawkes should be a hero,  a freedom fighter. Guy Fawkes fought and died for Catholics. He fought for the religion in England and Scotland and Ireland wouldn’t die and that all Catholics should be free. He was a catholic hero and brought an end to perscution of his people. He stood up for what he believed in and did his best to stop terror of his people. 

So Catholics remember remember the 5th of November,  gun powder, treason and plot. Done by a man who fought for your religion and beliefs and your freedom


The amazing Autumn

Autumn is a beautiful time of year. It hangs between the end of the summer warmth and the beginning of the cold winter.  All the leaves are brown and begin to fall and there’s not many nicer sounds than the crisp leaves under your feet on a lovely autumn walk. A cold calm cool breeze surrounds you and the fresh cold air enlightens and excites you for the months and events to come.  

The jumpers in your drawers will soon be out to keep warm and the socks shall be thicker. The scarfs and hats shall become an accessory and worn by many once again.  

The beauty of Autumn sees the nights drawing in and a magical romance arises amongst the people. Soon the British peoples faces shall be lit by candle light and firelit rooms. 
Autumn possesses magic. As darkness falls and the cold begins to unveil the people embrace it. Autumn walks in nature which is slowly shutting down are romantic and magical. There is no depression here for the darkness and cold but rather wonder and beauty and adoration of the world between the warm and the cold.  

As darkness falls and the night chill rises we shall all consider to light candles or put the fire on once again after its dormant sleep since the winter before. The doors shall be closed and the fire shall warm us. 

The colour of Autumn is certainly orange. From the orange brown leaves scattered on the ground,  to the beautiful orange cooling sunset on the horizon.  The firelight sends an orange flicker in living rooms and the orange candlelight burns and also the pumpkin of Halloween adds to the orange effect of Autumn.  

The nights draw in and the shadows flicker from candles and the wonder and mystery and spookyness of halloween begins to take over peoples minds.  The excitement and anticipation are king of Autumn. 
Autumn has and always will be my favourite time of year. When nature is on a transition before we head into the extremes of cold.  
The Autumn walks are the best and the most enchanting of all. They bring refreshment and nice coolness. I can never decide whether I prefer saying Autumn or ‘the fall’ like the Americans. 

Come the Autumn the pagans within us probably from our ancestors emerge and we become lovers of nature and the seasons. We bask in Autumn wonder. 

May Autumn always be so beautiful and so wonderful and may the magic of Autumn remain forever