Solstice Weekend

Father's Day weekend always brings a balloon festival to our town. It seems like such a perfect festival to celebrate the breezy, languid days of summer--the height of the year.

We are fortunate to live in a spot from where we can see the balloons launch. Here they all are on Friday evening.

On Saturday morning we could hear them, but not see them--the propane tanks are very, very loud. Nels and I headed out to the dump and look what we saw....this one was landing at the end of our road:

And this is what we could see as we looked out over the valley--balloons landing.

And as we drove down the road to the dump, we discovered chase vehicles everywhere. The yellow balloon landed right in this person's backyard--exciting for them as the tradition is for the balloon pilot to bring champagne.

As we drove up the farm where we get our eggs....

Here was another one. In all we saw 4 balloons land along the road.

At dawn this morning, Nelson called to me that he could hear the balloons. It sounded like we were being invaded. The wind was just right to bring the balloons over our house.

It was heavily overcast and windy, so the balloons were hugging the hills. They kept popping up into our yard.

So we began the Solstice weekend with these beautiful balloons and ended with this beautiful table created by Hels for a lunch with her Father and Grandfather.

Balloons, lupine, a summer lunch, strawberry pie. Summer is here. Now if it would only stop raining! I would like to see the sun as hot and bright as this card Hels painted for her Grandfather.

Anonymous –   – (June 21, 2009 at 6:41 PM)  

Beautiful pictures. We are a waldorf Family living in Northern Vermont. We were going to go to a Balloon fest this weekend but plans changed. I love your blog and would love to do a link exchange.


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Jane  – (June 21, 2009 at 7:14 PM)  

Beautiful. I love the fern and lupine centerpiece! It's so exciting at this time of year to see the balloons go by. Happy Summer!

Growler  – (June 21, 2009 at 7:53 PM)  

Love the balloon photos. When I was growing up there, Brimfield was home to a ballooning school (out in the western part of town). We often saw balloons overhead on summer weekends (my favorite was a pure black one), and they landed in our back yard once and brought us champagne. I always loved the sound of them overhead. Thanks for churning up this memory.

Dawn  – (June 21, 2009 at 10:18 PM)  

What a beautiful weekend! I love the centerpiece that Hels made. Those are wonderful pictures of the balloons.

gardenmama  – (June 21, 2009 at 10:49 PM)  

There seems to always be hot air balloons in Vermont when we go for a visit, so lovely! Growing up we had quite a few land in our yard and there was always a champagne toast!!
The lupine and fern centerpiece is exquisite!!

sarah  – (June 22, 2009 at 4:54 AM)  

How gloriously summery! I love the centrepiece and the bright beautiful flower picture.

Many blessings to you for the solstice :-)

Penny in VT  – (June 22, 2009 at 10:20 AM)  

Awesome. We have/had a balloon festival up this way too, we love to chase them and help pack them up. Very fun.

I also really love that card - speaks volumes of love and solstice light!

Anonymous –   – (June 22, 2009 at 4:33 PM)  

Wow -- I think my kids' eyes would pop out of their heads if they saw hot air balloons landing by our house! How beautiful and exciting.

It's been rainy all month here too...they say summer is coming...I'll believe it when I see it!

June  – (June 22, 2009 at 6:11 PM)  

A sky filled with balloons, how beautiful! Our sky has mainly been filled with rain clouds lately, so it was nice to see some color. And I noticed you love Baby Island. We do too. Seems hardly anyone knows it anymore, but it delighted my girls!

Maribeth  – (June 23, 2009 at 7:44 AM)  

I remember that balloon fest from our years in the upper valley! By the way, your girls' art work and projects from school are lovely. The Venetian landscape really caught my eye. All the best settling into summer. I'm finding it hard to find a rhythm!

Angela  – (June 24, 2009 at 6:08 AM)  

You alwyas seem to have a way to remember ot bring beauty into your life!
The balloons must have been so fun!

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