Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Up, Up And Away


















The world's a nicer place in my beautiful balloon
It wears a nicer face in my beautiful balloon
We can sing a song and sail along the silver sky
For we can fly, we can fly
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon


Come along with me and my family to the hot air balloon festival, and sit with my granddaughter and me as we watch. I promise that you'll be uplifted. You see, I've put the summer in these balloons, and now we will watch it fly away together. The breathless excitement, the color, the children running in fields, the smell of fresh cut grass, tall icy glasses of lemonade, all flying away for another year. But this is a very good flight, because we are here to see it, and to feel and smell the beauty of fall, and perhaps even dance in the leaves and drink hot cider. And because no matter where we may fly away to, we will always be found and loved.


If to heaven's heights I fly
you are still beside me
Or in death's dark shadows lie
you will stay close by me
If I flee on morning wings
far across the grey sea
even there your hand will lead
Your right hand will guide me.




























33 comments:

Doris Sturm said...

How fun! I would have loved to be there with you! But, I would have wanted to get a hot air balloon ride. That is my wish before I kick the bucket - to ride in one of those big beauties...

So colorful and pretty! It sounds like you had fun with your cute little grand daughter there :-)

Ann said...

Your grand daughter, how is she related to you? I mean is she adopted?

I have never been this near to a hot air balloon.

Some hard working women do make their own mooncakes, especially the snow kin types.

Susan and Abraham said...

great thoughtfulness...

Mildred said...

Such a wonderful photo of you and your granddaughter and these are the prettiest balloons I have seen.

SquirrelQueen said...

Oh Ginny, I love the photo of you and Anne Marie. Beautiful photos of all the balloons, I love to watch them float along. One of these days I hope to get a ride in one.

reanaclaire said...

wow... so colorful and nice.. mooncake celebration over there? hahaha... giant lanterns..

Melanie said...

Thank you for sharing the pictures! I'm so glad you and your granddaughter had some fun. :)

From the Kitchen said...

Thank you for such a wonderful welcome to fall. The balloons are gorgeous and your words are very special. And I love seeing you and Anne Marie together in such a fun place.

Happy autumn!

Best,
Bonnie

RH (aka Lucy) said...

I've only been in one once and I'd like to go again. What I noticed the most? The Silence up there.

srp said...

It seems the time of year for hot air balloons. My daughter told me of the sights in the sky over Reno, NV as well. Just beautiful.

Sandra said...

the photos are super, love the header, your grandaughter gets more beautiful every time i see her sweet face.
i hope you put our summer in that balloon with yours, it is still really hot here. your writing is gettng to professioanl status and i am getting jealous. i have to steal quotes from other peopel. may be you will inspire me to try harder and then again mabye NOT.
perfect scripture as always

Fred Alton said...

These balloons are fascinating. I used to love watching them rise over the plains of the Masai Mara. I think though, that I would rather be going up in a Cessna! ☺

Mary said...

What a sweet child :-). I'll wager she never lacks for hugs. You asked about the clafoutis...it's a bit like a Yorkshire pudding but not as airy or pocked. They are really delicious, but most versions are meant for dessert. The batter used to make them looks like pancake batter. It's poured over fruit or soft vegetables and baked. It puffs, a bit like a souffle. I think they are best served warm or at room temperature. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Jeanne said...

Your grand daughter looks like a real sweety!
I've never been to a hot air baloon festival but love seeing your pictures. Maybe I'll go to one some day.

Krista said...

Oh, how awesome! I would love to ride in one of those someday. I'd even settle for being able to photograph them. Thanks for sharing! :o)

Stephanie V said...

I love the idea of putting summer in the balloon. Very sweet. And you two look very happy to be there bidding it farewell.

I love hot air balloons but i don't think I'd be brave enough to fly away with one.

Arti said...

Looks so colourful... and your grand daughter is so cute!
i have never seen hot air balloons ever and would love to have a ride on them one day!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Ginny, I love the balloon tour! Beautiful to look at! Have an enjoyable autumn day today!

Together We Save said...

Oh my.... how exciting! I have never seen one in person!

Deborah said...

WOW, how beautiful and your grand daughter is beautiful!!
Happy fall!
xxoo
Deborah

Remington said...

Great pic of you and your granddaughter! The balloons are awesome!

Karin said...

Now that's a fabulous festival to take the grandkids to! Love when those hot air balloons fly overhead, looking so carefree! Lovely pictures! Your granddaughter's delight shows on her face.

THE OLD GEEZER said...

I'm a big sissy when it come to heights but that looks like fun! :-)

Kerrie said...

A beautiful post! We have gone to Balloon festivals in Jamesville, NY when we were younger. They are so beautiful.

Silence Sings said...

Grt snaps and very thoughtful writeup....

ruthi said...

Oh Ginny... those are awesome. I always wanted to see hot air baloon festival here in Maine but Hubby too busy to bring me and I don't want to drive to Lewiston for that because I know I will have a hard time parking. I suspect that is the reason also why Hubby seemed to be busy when that festival comes up. hahahaha. Your photos are really amazing but i love the first one of course.

Glenda said...

Love the brilliant colors of the balloons! Looks like fun to take a ride in one, but I don't think I'm that brave! I'm sure it was a fun, memorable time for you and your cute granddaughter.

S. Etole said...

How fun it would be to ride in one of those colorful balloons ...

Kelly @ The Startup Wife said...

Your granddaughter is too cute for words!! Oh my goodness. What a darling girl!

Thanks so much for your wonderful comments on my blog--I'm sorry to hear you had panic attacks too! But I'm glad they've gotten better (though I guess it's a toss-up whether psychological or physiological problems are worse, right?)

That looks like such a lovely, peaceful afternoon.

Rose said...

the balloons are fantastic, love the colors. cute grandchild, i bet she had a fun day. love the poem. thanks. rose

DawnTreader said...

I've never seen more than one of these at a time I think (and never followed a start or landing, as I can remember).

George said...

I think hot air balloons are so neat. A festival would be wonderful to attend.

Kiluaea Poetry said...

Beautiful! I Love that picture of you and Ann Marie and all those colorful balloons! I would love to take a trip in one..or, ride with some Dolphins? Serious!!