We are coming back to earth with a bump here. Missy is back at her home down south with her Mum and Dad and this place is rather quiet. But what a wonderful time we had. They delayed going home till yesterday, because the Balloon Festival was on here. On Friday night, we set off to hunt the balloons in the sky.
You have never heard such excitement - when she saw them in the sky, she was beside herself with delight. We whizzed around the countryside chasing them, and stopped in villages, next to open fields, next to sheep who were not too happy with low flying red balloons in the sky. They raced about in panic for a while.
Then stopped in what looks like a laager, with them all seeming to face outwards, defensively.
Whichever way you looked, you could see balloons floating by. Some high, some low.
Lots of balloons in the sky. And, although they were supposed to fly at 6am and 6pm each day, the weather has been frightful, so they have just flown that Friday night and early yesterday morning. There is a chance the local balloons may fly again tonight, but the others will be long gone by then. Such a pity, because there is nothing quite like seeing loads of them drifting across the skies.
So I am really pleased Ann and Missy were able to go chasing balloons while they were here. A new experience. And time for the little city girl to climb gates and see bales of hay as well. Countryside.
I mentioned that it rained. Well, Missy wanted to water the garden, rain or not, so she got suitably dressed and went watering. She also made a variety of interesting craft objects to decorate Moregranny's garden. As Moregranny is about ready to say that summer in the garden is over except for the vegetables and the dahlias, that was just fine.
Watching the Peppa Pig umbrella bobbing up and down around the plants was just perfect.
But on Friday, the skies were blue most of the time.
The great thing is to be able to watch them land. I know what that is like. I have flown in a balloon before, and that was so exciting. The landing was a little sudden, but the whole experience was wonderful.
So, early yesterday morning, while everyone else was asleep, I went out balloon hunting again. They had flown north and I caught up with a couple as they were about to land. There is something so beautiful about them. So huge!
I will be back tomorrow with more tales of the week. Right now I need a nap before considering a meal for us. We have been to church, done coffee duty, and it is now after 2pm. I will be back.