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Have seen balloons (and frost) a few times this week.

Frost and balloons

On Monday morning it was *cold*.  Freezing in fact.  The ice was so thick on the tub of water out the back that I have no idea how thick it actually was.  It held up a potplant with no effort.

Freezage

There was slight freezage of the pool that morning, but just a few crystals.  Same with this morning.

George came by yesterday and said hi to the fish.

George and the fish

Skywhale

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The other week when Fiona was here, before we had breakfast at Pulp Kitchen, we tried to see the Skywhale in Ainslie.  Except we arrived about five minutes too late, and only just managed to see it in the air as it was coming down.  We did get to grope its boobies though!

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Great Day

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Had a super awesome day today.  Someone gave me access to do a big cleanup of a system that's been annoying me for *ages* because of how messy it was.  So I cleaned all day.  And loved every minute of it :)

And here's a hot air balloon that flew past our house a week or so ago..

Airforce Balloon

So a few weeks ago Dave talked me into going on a balloon ride this balloon fiesta.  Well it didn't actually take much talking - I've been wanting to do this forever and even tried to organise something last year but it was all too hard and never ended up going.

Yesterday morning we were meant to be at Questacon at 5:45am, so I dutifully set my alarm.  Except I set it for 5:51am instead of 4:51am!  Thank heavens Dave called me at 5:19 otherwise I'd have missed out completely.  So instead of a leisurely getting ready time, I was ready in three minutes flat, and had to do my hair in the car, and no shower.  Blah.

We went with Balloon Aloft, and it was all very organised.  They took us out to Kingston so that we could see the rest of the balloons from a distance rather than being right in the middle of them.

There's sixteen to a balloon - four to each of four compartments.  When it was time to get in, we hopped in, but a group of four tried to get in with us.  They'd gotten three in before the operators said you can't do that, and of course we had to get out and move.  Which was fair enough, but it turned out a bit bad in terms of positioning on the ride.  We ended up at the "back" of the basket rather than the front, which meant we were facing the wrong direction for the rest of the balloons, the wrong direction for Civic, the wrong direction for Black Mountain and the wrong direction for Belconnen :(:(:(  And if it had been sunny we would have had the sun in our faces the entire trip - luckily it was cloudy then!  Was really really frustrated that I couldn't get photos of some of the things I wanted to :(  The final insult was them wanting to charge $15 for a photo of us on the balloon.  For the price we paid ($360 each) I think they could have thrown this in!  So wasn't too happy about that.  But anyways.  

Otherwise the ride was pretty awesome.  Took 672 photos!

So we landed and came back for breakfast cooked by Neil and then went home and attempted to get more sleep (I failed!)

Inflation
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
We were on the Questacon balloon!  Which was way cool, cause I have a picture of that balloon on my desktop that I took from our back window one morning..
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
We spun around at the beginning so had a view of the other balloons
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Apparently it was the maiden voyage of this balloon
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Rowers
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Kingston
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
The carillon
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Parliament House
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Flagpole
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Old Parliament House
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Two balloons, two Parliament Houses
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
A magpie came to visit
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
High court
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Parliament Houses
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Questacon
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
National Museum
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Over a carpark
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
National Museum
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Lake Burley Griffin
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Civic
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Woden
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
The burners
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
As we were heading for Black Mountain the clouds closed in
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Gap in photos as we passed by Black Mountain Tower (on the wrong side of course)

Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Belconnen and Lake Ginninderra
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Balloon flying low over Aranda
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Deflation.  The pilot said he'd been in a balloon once where someone opened that vent at the top at 3000 feet - he said "it wasn't a good feeling"
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Rolling up the balloon
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
All packed away!
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
This is where I took all the photos on the day - marked out by my photoMate GPS
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011

Actually this was week before last .. been seeing a lot of balloons lately

Balloons

Last Sunday morning I made pancakes for breakfast

Pancakes
Thursday morning took photos of fish

Duboisies
And saw a big Dong

Dong balloon
Friday there were four gak gak birds lined up in a row

Four gak gaks
Saturday we had a pastry and coffee at Knead

Knead
and then did our food shopping afterwards.

I did a jigsaw

Dog jigsaw
And did a bunch of UK planning.

Didn't end up going out for dinner, which was a bit sad-making.  Watched Toy Story 1 and 2 instead.

Today it was miserable again, so stayed inside all day.  Did a whole lot of nothing, played a game of Ticket to Ride Europe, and cooked dinner.  Which is still cooking :)

Balloons!

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After being kept up til 1am by work crap, I didn't think I'd be able to wake up in the morning at stoopid-o'clock.  So I smsed Annie and said I wasn't likely to be going.  But at 5:39am I woke up naturally, so decided to get up and go.

It was pretty cool.  Was prettier than when we went last year because the sun came out!  So got some colour.  Took an entire roll of film (200-odd photos).. here's fifteen of them :)

Canberra Festival Balloon Spectacular

Canberra Festival Balloon Spectacular

My balloon!
Canberra Festival Balloon Spectacular

Here's the Cathay Pacific balloon in its baggie
Canberra Festival Balloon Spectacular

Looking up skirts..
Canberra Festival Balloon Spectacular

Canberra Festival Balloon Spectacular

Canberra Festival Balloon Spectacular

Canberra Festival Balloon Spectacular

Canberra Festival Balloon Spectacular

Canberra Festival Balloon Spectacular

These guys showed off by skimming their basket along the surface of the reflecting pond..
Canberra Festival Balloon Spectacular

The owners/operators of the Cathay Pacific balloon let their kids walk around inside the balloon.  Looked pretty awesome, I'd love to have gone in too!
Canberra Festival Balloon Spectacular

Canberra Festival Balloon Spectacular

Canberra Festival Balloon Spectacular

Canberra Festival Balloon Spectacular


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