tiistai 2. heinäkuuta 2013

Up Up and Away

For we can fly we can fly
My beautiful, my beautiful balloon....

Received on: 14 Jun, 2013
Distance: 7,924 km (4,924 miles)
Travel time: 15 days

I received this cute postcard from Helena who at  that time lived in Hong Kong.
The card is illustrated by Korean artist Kim Min.

Dorothy is finaly back home in Kansas :)

"The Silver Shoes took but three steps, and then she stopped so suddenly that she rolled over upon the grass several times before she knew where she was. At length, however, she sat up and looked about her. "Good gracious!" she cried.
For she was sitting on the broad Kansas prairie, and just before her was the new farmhouse Uncle Henry built after the cyclone had carried away the old one. Uncle Henry was milking the cows in the barnyard, and Toto had jumped out of her arms and was running toward the barn, barking furiously."

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, also known as The Wizard of Oz,
is a book written  by L. Frank Baum and published in 1900.

Received on: 25 Jun, 2013
Distance: 1,890 km (1,174 miles)
Travel time: 136 days
Lena from Donetsk, Ukraine sent me these three balloons. Perhaps the northwest wind was blowing too hard and that's why Lena's balloons took so long to reach Finland. The balloons were released into the air from Donetsk stadium.
Received on: 6 Jun, 2013
Distance: 1,428 km (887 miles)
Travel time: 8 days
 This balloon card I received from Daryna, who is eight years old and lives in Lviv, Ukraine.

The Death of Harris, who jumped from a hydrogen balloon in 1824.
A sad story of Thomas and  Sophia

It was not a “perfectly good balloon,” as the sky divers put it – it was leaking, and he’d run out of ballast to eject in order to slow the balloon’s descent. So, to save his young fiancee’s life, he ejected himself. Thomas Harris is primarily known for his spectacular death, but he’s also remembered as the guy who invented the gas-discharge valve, which is a device that gets gas out of balloons quickly so they don’t drag on the ground. 

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