Friday, July 11th, was the opening of The Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival in Middletown, Ohio. Mom, Daddy, Andy, and I went and had a great time! The weather was perfect! A little too warm but that improved as the night went on. There was little to no wind which was perfect for the balloons. There were lots of vendors selling crafts and food. The Wounded Warror skydiving team performed
throughout the evening. The lead skydiver was a double amputee having lost both lower legs in battle. You can see his prosthetics in my picture. They were amazing and even skydived through the pitch black sky with pyrotechnics on their feet.
We stayed until the end. Didn't want to miss the balloon glow. I'm so glad we did! It was gorgeous! Andy and I went a couple of years ago and it was too windy - they couldn't let many of the balloons inflate. But not this time! The weather cooperated and there were fifteen ballons that participated in the glow.
The Ohio Challenge is really a contest and the balloons and their pilots compete in different challenges all weekend. They come from all over to join in. Entries this year included balloons from Ohio, Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Kenucky, South Carolina, and New Mexico. The hummingbird balloon you see in the pictures was made in New Zealand and is from Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Here's a picture of Mom and Daddy with the balloon glow as a backdrop. Love this!
Saturday, Mom and I traveled down to Cincinnati to the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. We wanted to see the Princess Diana exhibit before it closed and headed back to England. We also saw the IMAX movie about the lemurs of Madagascar. Both were absolutely wonderful!
The Princess Diana exhibit, "Diana, A Celebration" started with her childhood and followed her until her death. The exhibit featured childhood movies, lots of pictures, diaries, memorabilia, family heirlooms, etc. The famous wedding dress with the twenty-five foot train was there in a glass case, as well as, the dress of one of her flowergirls. The exhibit also had a dress gallery that included about twenty-eight of her extraodinary designer dresses and many photos of her wearing them. There were volumes of condolences sent from all over the world at her death.
It was a wonderful tribute to a beautiful person who left this world way too soon. I remember watching the royal wedding and was also watching TV in the wee hours of the morning when they interrupted programming with footage of the accident that led to her death. I was stunned.
Here we are with Princess Diana taking a selfie - or would that be an usie? Here's a picture of Mom in front of the museum. I hear it's on the endangered list and is in need of renovations. It would be awful to lose this wonderful place! Hopefully, that won't happen.
The weather has been cool this week - in the 70's and low 80's. Perfect for getting all the new plants in the ground in the front and side of the house. I've planted 4 pyrimidal boxwoods, 3 hydrangeas, 9 coneflowers, 6 salvia, 5 weigelia, 3 Roxanne Geraniums, 5 Rubeckia. I still have 11 boxwoods and three coneflowers to move and more (6) Roxanne Geraniums and (5 or 6) Autumn Sedum to plant. It rained overnight and this morning so is too wet to finish today. I'll be glad when it's done and I can sit back and enjoy looking at it
Tomorrow is another Farmer's Market in Waynesville, Ohio. I'll have lots of new soaps! Here is one of the new beer soaps - Apple Rose made with Redd's Apple Ale. Smells SO good! Come see me at the market from 1:00 - 4:00 PM.
Until next time........