Thursday, October 22, 2009

Oi!

The last couple of weeks have been a blur. Long days at work, struggling to do more than was physically possible in the hours available. I drag my butt home, eat supper, and fall asleep on the couch. Usually with knitting in my hand...

Yesterday was exciting, though. As I neared home, I saw a hot-air balloon up in the sky over my house. I ran inside for the camera.
My photo-editing software is not being co-operative, so this isn't a very good picture:(Objects in camera may be much closer than they appear...)
The balloon was actually close enough to the ground (and to my house) that I could see and hear the burner firing.


Goldie was keeping an eye on it.
Though the youngsters were more interested in whether I was going to give them grain or not.

This is a balloon that we see several times a year in our neighborhood. The flyers are an older couple (and by older, I mean they're in their 80's) who balloon in warm weather, and cross-country ski in the winter. My in-laws first met them when their balloon made an emergency landing in the yard. Nice folk.
Watching a hot-air balloon always leaves me torn. Part of me is saying "Oh, doesn't that look like fun?" and the other part is saying "Are you insane???? That thing is way off the ground!"

8 comments:

Diane said...

I have the same reaction to hot air balloons. On the other hand, it does seem to make more sense than bungee jumping. That I just don't get.

kmkat said...

A hot air balloon once descended almost down to the surface of our lake, then rose. It was magnificent.

Erika said...

I love the idea of an elderly couple puttering about in their hot air balloon! How endearingly wacky!

Laurie said...

I'm with you on the last part. Insane, especially for amateurs. OTOH, if they crash, they will have been doing something they love. They sound like great folks.

Anna M said...

Cool! I haven't seen many balloons out here, they are all over out west. I'll have to be on the look out now.

Angie said...

I'm in the look but don't touch camp when it comes to hot air balloons. Love the photos!

Bullwinkle said...

Actually hot air balloons seem rather tame to me - charming and quaint and don't-trap-me-in-one-with no knitting tame. Otoh, I agree with Diane - makes more sense than bungee jumping :)

I'd love to see one flying over my place. You know, better than an F-15 (or whatever they are).

Cookie said...

How amazing!

I'm all for staying on the ground. Better still... inside.

xo