Saturday, May 8, 2010

A Winner and Hot Air Balloon Stampede!

Thank you all for your great suggestions as to how to hang quilts in my studio! I got some wonderful ideas and hope to put them to use soon! I used a random number generator to pick the winner (does anyone know how to copy and paste these into your posts?) and the winner was number 5 - Sharon at Grass Roots Quilt Studio! Congratulations!

Yesterday morning, Mr. Squash and I rose at "zero-dark-thirty" to attend our first Hot Air Balloon Stampede here in town. We heard this has been an annual event for many years in our area. There are over 40 balloons that participate in this 3-day event. They take off from various locations all over town very early in the morning. Unfortunately, we found this out the hard way, by showing up at the fairgrounds just as all the balloons were being trailered out of the fairgrounds to their launch sites! So we stopped for lattes, then skeedaddled to the park near our house to watch. We got there just as some of them were setting up!

Here are the first of four that took off from the park. One person holds onto a long rope attached to the top while they are being inflated. If you click on the picture you can see better. I was hoping that poor fellow didn't go up with the balloon while holding the rope!

He's still holding the rope here - he'd better let go soon or he will have the ride of his life!
The first two are ready to launch, and a third is almost there!
Number three is off and number 4 is right behind them! At one point we counted 22 balloons in the air around us!
Click on the photo below to see the American Flag hanging from the passenger basket!
A little too close for comfort here!
Check out how blue the sky was - but cold....we actually had frost on the ground!
The balloons in the photo below were all directly over our backyard as we found out when we got home! Turns out we never really had to leave the house! Live and learn!!
Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's out there - enjoy your day tomorrow!! I'll have some small finishes for you next week, so stay tuned!

7 comments:

Ulla said...

What a nice event! We once had hot air balloons coming past our house very near to the ground, and were surprised at the loud noise they made when trying to get higher again. - Beautiful blue sky.

Stephanie said...

Very cool and the sky looks perfect for hot air ballooning. Congratulations to the lucky winner.

Quilt Hollow said...

Beautiful weather and look at those skies!! Just gorgeous with all the color of the balloons.
To get the random generator in a post wouldn't you save it like a picture once you Printed the Screen? Just a thought...I haven't a clue!

Stephanie D. said...

Wow, that brings back memories! I lived in Albuquerque for almost 20 years and every October is the International Balloon Fiesta with hundreds of them in the sky! Mesmerizing! I even got to help crew a couple of times, and one came down in the yard of the place I worked as I was getting off one morning, so I got to help them until their crew got there. Even so, I had to move here to NC before I finally got to go up in one. It's magnificent!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Congratulations Sharon!
The balloon photos are wonderful Candace.

Sharon said...

Thanks very much for the giveaway. How fun to see the Winner email this morning. Those hot air ballons are amazing.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

What a fun event! How great to get involved in your new community.