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Midsummer pallet fire in Denmark

by mafe
posted 06-27-2012 08:45 AM

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#1 posted 06-27-2012 09:03 AM

That looks like a wonderfully fun tradition Mads! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#2 posted 06-27-2012 09:06 AM

Hey there Mads! It looks like a wonderful evening. Thanks for sharing.
God Bless you and yours.

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#3 posted 06-27-2012 09:11 AM

When I first saw the witch, I thought you’d taken a Virgin Atlantic stewardess as a hostage. :o)

You can’t beat a good fire can you? So many thoughts and images in the flames and to see it reflected in the water is even better. Looks like a fun time.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#4 posted 06-27-2012 09:21 AM

Updated & Continued


Your witches are very pretty LoL


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#5 posted 06-27-2012 10:19 AM

Yeah, crappy pallets can also be used for that =p in my village we also used thrashed pallets to light up the summer fire and roast lambs :)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#6 posted 06-27-2012 11:14 AM

That was an interesting story, Mads. I have never heard of that tradition before but it sounds like it is a lot of fun. I know how you enjoyed it being with all of your loved ones. Thanks for this wonderful post and all of the great pictures.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 06-27-2012 11:28 AM

Good times with good friends, there’s nothing like it.

Take care

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#8 posted 06-27-2012 11:29 AM

Another block party. I am glad this wasn’t labeled “Diamond Jubilee” because I don’t think that is wanted the Queen had in mind.

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#9 posted 06-27-2012 12:06 PM

Perfect occasion to have a mechoui (spit-roast lamb) absolutely delicious.

-- Bert

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#10 posted 06-27-2012 12:07 PM

Nothing like a community fire to have a good time.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#11 posted 06-27-2012 12:47 PM

Great story and great pictures. We celebrated the feat of John the Baptist Sunday in church, but they would not let us build a fire in there…not even a small one.

It looks like you really have fun there in Copenhagen!! some day I’ll come to have a beer with you and sit on that wall!!.

One question, did you check the pallets for good wood first????

Have a great day, my friend!!!.........................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 06-27-2012 02:40 PM

Great party with good people and a good fire to celebrate the summer equinox. Thank you for sharing, and
I hope you have many more happy occasions with your friends.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#13 posted 06-27-2012 02:50 PM

looks like good times

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#14 posted 06-27-2012 03:20 PM

Sound like everyone had a good time Mads, precious memories. We of course celebrate Sankt Hans here too with bonfires. this is the first year I have missed it in over 30 years since we were away on holiday. Thanks for the photos.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 06-27-2012 03:37 PM

Nothing like a good fire : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#16 posted 06-27-2012 06:53 PM

Thanks, Mafe for reminding me of the wonderful time I had at Sangt Hans Aften back in nitten hundrede seks og tres (1966).

Fires were burning all along the coast of Sjaelland and people were dancing, singing and having good time.

I was lucky enough to be back in Scandinavia (Sweden and Denmark) exactly one year ago after many decades, and it brought back so many wonderful memories of my summers there. There is no place quite like the Nordic countries during the high summer. The light has this magical quality and it goes on and on.

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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#17 posted 06-27-2012 08:18 PM

Glad you are having nice time Mads.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#18 posted 06-28-2012 01:23 AM

Oh yea! Now yer talkin. I’ll grab my kooler full o brew, and some Jalapeno sausage & be over….

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#19 posted 06-28-2012 01:44 AM

the burning of zozobra

sept in santa fe new mexico

Each year, in a frenzied show of flames, fireworks, dance and music Santa Fe torches the year’s sorrows by cheering the flaming demise of Old Man Gloom. Zozobra is a 5-story tall growling, groaning symbol of darkness, transformed into heat, light and a pile of ashes by the evening events.

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#20 posted 06-28-2012 01:44 AM

of she goes to blocksbjerg with the rest of the witches …. wait i minut
did they forgot the broom or did she missed the last call out to the fly
now a new witch have to be found for next witchcraft meeting on Blocksbjerg

thanks for the photos Mads

Blocksbjerg is a little mountain in the mittle of Harzen in Germany
and every year in the shortest night they have there anual witch meeting

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#21 posted 06-28-2012 02:41 PM

Hi ho to all,
Thank you for your words, and share of experiences.
Dennis we will see her next year I am sure…
David that is so amazing – a little creepy I even think.
Bunkie, yes the light has a special quality here, but the winters are long and dark.
Jim, that is really not fair… Or perhaps it is quite fine… Please do not burn down the church. You are welcome here, for a beer and not for burning down churces…
Thomas that sounds delicious, hmmmmmm.
Andy and Jamie, that was one sexy witch…
The rest, smiles here guys.
Best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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