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Saturday, 15 August 2009

Up, Up and Away

I finally had a day off yesterday and it was an exciting one. Voyt and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary with a hot air balloon ride over Brisbane. This is something I had wanted to do for a long time and I wasn't disappointed.



I had no idea how much was involved with preparing for flight. We were quite fortunate weather-wise as the wind conditions were perfect. Another couple who were on our flight had to wait 6 times before they could finally fly!



We all met in Toowong park in Brisbane's western suburbs and ended up having to embark from Salisbury in Brisbane's south for the ideal take-off conditions.The balloon was first inflated using an industrial fan and then with gas for it to start lifting off the ground. The other balloon in the picture and sky (1st photo) belonged to a rival flight operator.



Look at the size of our balloon!




This was our view of Brisbane city at 6.30 in the morning. Not a cloud in the sky meant that we could see the high-rises of the Gold Coast and the Glass House Mountains at the Sunshine Coast.

Floating over the city was such a lovely and serene experience. The balloon cannot be steered but controlled to some degree by catching air currents at different heights. The landing spot varies daily depending on the wind and we ended up landing in Carina, not far from my home.




Everybody helped in pushing the air out of the balloon after landing and packing it up. We were then driven to Brisbane's Sofitel Hotel for the most delicious hot buffet breakfast.

Thank you to Steve and Rudy from
Fly Me to the Moon for a great experience!


And thank you to my wonderful Voyt who helps make my dreams come true and for his never-ending love and support. We spent the rest of the day hanging out and relaxing, something I personally find hard to do.




Today it's back to work to screen-print my new shipment of natural linen tea-towels.

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21 comments:

Linda Robertus said...

Wow, what a great experience! And congratulations on your 10th anniversary. We got money for a hot-air balloon trip when we got married 7 years ag but never got around to doing it... I think we may do it here with this company!

Little Mary Moo said...

Congratulations to you both! Thank you for the lovely round up of your balloon ride. Being the sooky la la I am I would never be brave enough to go up. I sounds as though you had the most wonderful morning.

KaReN EiLeeN said...

That looks like fun...a little scary, but fun. Now you'll have to skydive for your 20th!:)

KAREN EILEEN

Thea said...

I do recommend it. It really wasn't scarey as you are moving with the wind. I'm really not that brave and would never skydive or bungee jump.

katiecrackernuts said...

A wonderful way to celebrate. It's a magical way to fly.

Yaya said...

Congratulations to you guys! I hope you celebrate many more beautiful anniversaries together :)

Duchess of Tea said...

I stumbled upon your blog and was so interested that I am following you now. Happy belated anniversary to you darling. Wishing you health, happiness and lots of wealth.

Duchess xx

Pesky Cat Designs said...

Congrats on your 10th Wedding Anniversary! What a great way to celebrate. Love the view over Brisbane!

Sandrine said...

What a great way to celebrate 10 years Anniversary!Your photo is beautiful!We had our 10 years this year too but decided to postpone the celebration ...You will feel al refrehed now for some more printing Thea;)

Mrs Chicken said...

looks like you had a fabulous day! Brought back great memories for me - my hubby proposed up in a hot air balloon over the Devon coutnryside in England :)

Tania said...

Oh well done you two! I loved teh experience too - all that quiet and the WHOOOOSH of hot air!

Thea said...

Thank you all for your lovely comments. Your proposal sounds perfect, Mrs Chicken.

Dragonfly said...

Hi Thea, Congratulations!!! What a memorable way to celebrate! Glad you took a well deserved day off.
Cheers, Karen

marelle said...

wow! congratulations! ...nice way to celebrate!

Trish Goodfield said...

What a romantic way to spend your anniversary. Congratulations.

Faith Hope and a whole lotta Love said...

Congratulations on 10 years of marriage!! enjoy many more happy years ahead. Very brave of you to go in the balloon!!

Nikki Cardigan said...

What a great way to celebrate the high of a great love... to go high up in the sky! Congratulations to you both Thea.

KT Doyle said...

Congratulations to you both! X KT and Karl

Curlyhead said...

How exciting!!
Lovely photos :)

Jay Dee said...

Happy Anniversary to you both! What a wonderful way to celebrate - xxoo

House and Doll said...

Gee, you'd never get me up there but congrats on your anniversary Thea. Great photo of the 2 of you.

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