For many years now, I have attended the Balloon Festival held every August in Metamora.
Each year I tell myself I have enough balloon photos in my hard drive and will just go to observe and enjoy, but it is such a colorful occasion, I just can’t resist snapping ‘just a few photos’.
Every year it seems to draw more and more spectators and the amount of traffic creeping through this tiny village is just mind-boggling. The handful of village police officers have to bring in temporary officers to help direct traffic and keep parking organized, and they do an outstanding job.
Good weather is critical for a safe launch. I have seen launches cancelled because of high winds or threatening storms, but last weekend the weather could not have been more perfect. Sunny, not too hot as shade is scarce for the hundreds of spectators, and hardly a breath of wind! I lost count of the number of balloons, but there must have been about 20. I was glad I didn’t leave my camera home after all!
I was relaxing on my hammock in the shade of the Locust tree next to the house the other day. I don’t often see it from this angle, and realized what a nice photo this view would make. Hard to believe this tree traveled home from the nursery in the back of our old station wagon more than 40 years ago!
Storms in the area created some impressive clouds yesterday. Most of the storms passed us by again, but we have picked up an inch of rain so far today, and there could be more on the way.
The flowers on my back deck are putting on a lovely show. It takes a lot of watering to keep them happy, but it’s worth it!
Hot, humid weather or rain has kept me cooped up in the house for several days, but cooler, drier air has finally moved in and I have been able to catch up on some mowing, and snap a few photos.
My resident Barn Swallows have young in the nest and escort me when I mow, swooping around my head like miniature fighter planes, catching the bugs I stir up. I so enjoy their company!
I decided to see if I could grow some decorative gourds in a container next to the deck. To keep them from spreading all over the lawn, I trained them up the fence of an unused dog pen. It did not look promising at first, but now it looks like I will have at least a few to decorate my table in the Fall.
It used to annoy me that I no longer have the ability to sleep in. It seems I no sooner retired than I started waking even earlier than I did when I worked!
I have made peace with it now. Being an early riser does have its rewards, and this morning I was up in time to see mist forming as the sun came up. I have come to enjoy the peace of early mornings, and like having the barn chores done before 6:30, and the horses and barn cats enjoy an early breakfast!
These colorful flowers grow outside the guard hut in the State Park. Not sure what they are.
Areas to the north and south of me have had lots of rain lately. There has even been serious flooding to the north, but somehow the promised rain kept skipping my area. After waiting all day for storms which never arrived, I was really surprised to see a rainbow just before sunset, a couple of weeks ago.
The unsettled weather did make for some interesting cloud formations. I love to watch the storm clouds build.
The Day-lilies next to the barn are in full bloom. They are so colorful and forgiving. They require absolutely no care, which suits my limited gardening skills perfectly!
Looks like rain has set in for the whole morning now, so our mini-drought is over. Hoping it will dry out before the day is out.
When I was in Lexington a few weeks ago, I came across some beautiful Irises growing right next to the road.
They are such an elegant and showy flower, but their season is all too short.
I had a fine crop of Daisies in my pastures this year. I read that they are a sign my soil is poor, but I enjoy them anyway!
I have been a little neglectful of my blog lately. Had to make the most of some cooler weather to complete some outside chores.
Managed to get my ancient tractor going so that I could brush hog the pastures, and did some cleaning and pitching of the storage area in the barn. It will take me days to get all the dust out of my sinuses, but it is very satisfying work!
Turtles are on the move. It must be time for them to lay their eggs. I spotted this one trying to do so in the middle of my front lawn. Seems the digging was a little too hard there and she made her way over to the side lawn. I left her in peace, so I’m not sure if she was successful over there or not.
Came across this Snapper in the Park the other day. Always careful to keep my distance from these big guys!
I found this one at the beach. Not sure if it was a snapper or not, but was careful not to get too close.
Saturday promised to be too warm for working outside, and Lake Huron was calling, so I once again headed East.
I headed north from Port Huron, stopping first at Port Hope, then continued on to Lexington.
The jetty at Lexington Harbor has a paved walk, which takes you right out into the Lake, where a stiff breeze tempered the heat, and offered wonderful views.
Today is going to be even warmer, and I will soon have to break down and put on the AC. I much prefer open windows and fresh air, but as the outside temperature approaches 90 degrees, I reluctantly close the house up and flip the switch, grateful that I have this option.