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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Three men in a Balloon

Just click the video and scroll down through my pictures.

 Not an uncommon sight from the canals as we cruise through the countryside
 but he seems to be losing height. A few blasts on the burner and things improve

 but only just.
 Wow a second balloon has just come into view over the same tree line

 he looks to be just as low as the first one in fact he seems to be getting lower all the time.

 Here comes a third balloon. he seems to be climbing quite fast.

Yep. no doubt about it he`s climbing. Hang on where`s that second one gone.

 Oops. Looks like a giant Ladybird has landed.

 As they fold the balloon into a bag you can see the jacket top of the path where the top of the balloon settled, close to those houses.

Four gas cylinders. I wonder what the range would have been. "Where were you heading" I asked. "Here" says he. "saw the field and decided to land"  Asking how far he had come I was shocked when he said Cosgrove Park. Just under three miles as the crow or in this case hot air balloon flies. "so where have the others gone" I asked. "Probably gone on to somewhere else". I got the feeling not only did he not want to carry on the conversation but he was also peeved. I think he had no choice as to where to land.
The canal is at the bottom of the field.

Cosgrove to the left and the landing site on the right. You can see the blue line of the canal passing the top of the right hand arrow.


KevinTOO said...

I guess your hot air ballooner was feeling too deflated because he's been brought to earth by his failure to keep up with his buddies... LOL

He gets 2/10 for take off and landing... 0/10 for distance though ;)

Unknown said...

Balloons of that size depend on warm air for the initial lift and, then upon wind currents to allow them to move; simialr to flying a glider.
Just hope a large balloon does not land in the cut or on a narrow boat.
Still a different form of over the land propulsion, as much as a narrow boat in some ways.

Dragontatoo said...

Gma would have **loved** the ladybug balloon!

Mrs. Jaqueline Biggs said...

Yes Jesse you are spot on! Your grandma would have loved that one. It made my day to see you commented on the blog.
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