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Of A Summer's Evening [Jul. 14th, 2019|08:27 am]
Tony Grist
Someone nearby- but not next door- was having a party last night- featuring a live rock band. Voices were still to be heard at three o'clock in the morning. I don't mind listening to far-away rock and roll- it's the music of my generation and feels friendly- and it doesn't seem to have stopped me sleeping. File this with other recent posts about how noisy the countryside is.

A hot air balloon passed overhead in the early evening. It came so close I could hear the roar of the burners. I have loved hot air balloons ever since David Niven crossed the Alps in one on the first stage of his trip around the world. I've never been up in one- and am reluctant to try in case I totally embarrass myself. If standing on top of church towers- which are not so high and are connected to the ground- make me go all funny how would I cope with being in an wicker basket at a height of thousands of feet? Let's not go there...
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[User Picture]From: akalablossom
2019-07-14 11:25 am (UTC)
Ugh. Why must people do that? -__- Nice! Hot air balloons are nice ... I think I'd like to try it out sometime. When I was younger I saw a Tony the Tiger balloon. :D
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-07-14 11:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, balloons come in all shapes.

And often they're used for advertising.
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[User Picture]From: akalablossom
2019-07-14 01:00 pm (UTC)
:) Yupp.
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2019-07-14 12:28 pm (UTC)
You're more tolerant than I am. When there was an illegal rave near here in May and we were kept awake all night, I practically turned into a Daily Mail reader - all fury and cries of "Bring back the birch!"

I think I would have liked to try a hot air balloon ride when I was younger and bolder. But I couldn't do it now.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-07-14 12:37 pm (UTC)
The live band was fairly loud, but once they'd completed their gig the noise subsided and was just a background murmur.

I wouldn't go out and buy a ticket for a balloon ascent but if someone gifted me with one I'd accept.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2019-07-14 02:22 pm (UTC)

I don't mind the far away rumour of good music either. But I do mind when the very loud neighbours behind us play very loud bad music. Thankfully the frequency of that has diminished.


I'm not particularly  afraid of heights but that being suspended in a small basket under a very loud whooshing balloon is not something I crave. They're lovely to watch though.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-07-14 07:26 pm (UTC)
One of the peak moments of my life was being present at a mass ascent of hot air balloons. The sky was full of them. They were glorious.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2019-07-14 08:58 pm (UTC)
I grew up in Michigan not far from a yearly hot air balloon festival. My dad loved the balloons and every year we'd go watch the sunset launch. So incredibly beautiful!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-07-15 07:17 am (UTC)
Wonderful. The mass balloon event I attended was in Kentucky.
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2019-07-17 07:13 am (UTC)
My great-uncle had a hot air balloon but whenever we visited to try and have a flight the weather refused to cooperate :(
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-07-17 12:08 pm (UTC)
What a shame!
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2019-07-18 07:36 am (UTC)
Yes - I love seeing them in the sky. So pretty and peaceful.
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