Sunday, August 18, 2013

Chasing balloons........

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. 


Debbie said...

I know you had a marvelous visit with Ann & Missy! If you're like us, those visits don't happen nearly often enough, though. Grandchildren are wonderful!! And the balloons were fabulous. I've had the opportunity to see them taking off only once and it was breathtaking. Now, time for a little rest and savoring all the special moments of Missy's visit.

Crystal said...

It's just after 2 pm Sunday afternoon here, as I read your words! It sounds like you had a delightful time together - there is nothing more precious than grandchildren who come to stay! I would have loved to see the balloons - riding in one is on my bucket list. So nice to hear from you again, Linds!

Vee said...

Loved it! Your Balloon Festival coincides with ours. Ours is over as of tonight's flight. We went scurrying about last night when I was able to take some very poor photos...nothing like yours. Apparently, they were not floating all over the countryside. Each one was fully tethered to the ground and hauled back to earth that way. No unexpected balloon visitors on any back lawns. What is the world coming to?!

Anonymous said...

Missy is such a cutie. Aren't you blessed to have such a wonderful daughter-in-law. Precious as a gem!

Anonymous said...

Missy is such a cutie. Aren't you blessed to have such a wonderful daughter-in-law. Precious as a gem!

Anonymous said...

Missy has had the most wonderful summer. Seaside and country. It's not over yet. We shall have to find some more adventures before school starts. G2b2

Needled Mom said...

Oh ...what fun! I love seeing the big balloons so I can imagine what a little one must think.

Is there anything cuter that a parasol and a little girl????

Cait O'Connor said...

How lovely to see all those balloons, I have always fanied going in one - strange as I hate flying in planes!

Isabelle said...

So lovely! She's such a cutie.

Anonymous said...

You must love having that little grandie and her wonderful mother to stay.