Sunday, June 02, 2013

A slender balloonist with piercing blue eyes

That's what I saw this morning. I was jarred awake by Callie barking wildly at the bedroom window. She took off after a few seconds down the stairs, then I heard the familiar whoosh! of a hot-air balloon's burner. I was skeptical, since the sky was overcast and balloons normally only fly in clear weather.

A crane fly warming up in the morning sun on a flower head.

Looking out the window (which is on the second floor, or third if you're in the US), I saw a huge red and white balloon coming straight for the house through the trees from the north. It got larger and larger and I swear the basket was going to hit the treetops outside. The balloon rose up and over the house, but just barely.

I threw open the skylight shade and looked right into the eyes of the pilot as he and his single passenger glided above me. My camera was downstairs, so I got no photos of the slender balloonist with the piercing blue eyes.

10 comments:

  1. I wonder what was going through his mind, behind the piercing blue eyes, considering he only just cleared the house.............

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  2. you DO live an exciting life! thank callie for awaking you!

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  3. "A slender balloonist with piercing blue eyes"? You must have hired Mrs. Bale from "As Time Goes By " as your housekeeper!

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    1. anonymous, I was hoping somebody would pick up on that! :)

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  4. I think that "A slender balloonist with piercing blue eyes" has possibilities as the title of a murder mystery or the name of a pub.

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  5. Yes, I was thinking a spy thriller was enfolding right there in Saint-Aignan!

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  6. What a great way to start your day!

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  7. Well, I did some research on Mrs. Bale - as I have been a fan of "As Time...By" from the BBC for quite a while but I couldn't come up with the allusion. Then I did a search and lo and behold I found that Mrs. Bale "never quite explains about that balloonist!!!" So - there you have it!

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  8. How intriguing...a day with a difference.
    Aren't you glad Callie was awake to alert you?
    That was a close call if ever there was one!!

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  9. And what a story he had to tell when he got back to base, with possible dramatic embellisments: "You wouldn't believe how close we came, and the owner leaned out of his window and shook his fist at us . . . "

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