This morning just as the sun was coming up, everything was very still.
The swans were watching their reflections in the water, and Jojo and Papa were fast asleep inside Joyeux.
We heard a strange noise though, it was sort of like a great big ROAR in the distance, like an aeroplane or a train or maybe something really ferocious warning us to stay in bed!
We had to find out what it was, so we went over to the big trees and bushes and saw something really big and green.
It looked as though it was breathing, and we thought we could see little bits of fire under the bushes.
We wondered if it was a dragon.
What do you think it was?
It was a hot air balloon, and when we got to the other side of the trees, some people were blowing it up with a special fire machine that was making all the noise, just like a big jet engine.
We watched while it slowly got bigger and bigger.
When it was really HUGE the people got into the little basket tied to it and waited for it to fly.
We watched as they waved to us and put more fire into the balloon to make it go higher.
It was fun watching their reflection on the lake too.
When they got high enough, they turned off the fire and everything would have been very quiet except they had lots of friends with them, and they all had balloons too!
When we looked in the sky, there were nearly thirty balloons flying over the village, past the church steeple and over the hill in the distance.
There were so many I couldn’t fit them all on to this page and they were every colour of the rainbow. Every one had a little basket hanging underneath it where the people could go for a ride.
How many can you see?
Give yourself a big hug from us, and blow bubbles on Elliott’s tummy!
Love Papa and Jojo