Hot Air Balloons

Hot Air Balloons

I have not had the pleasure of riding in a hot air balloon, but it is on my bucket list. A few years ago, when I lived in north Phoenix at the edge of the city limits, there were many hot air balloons gliding above our neighborhood. I loved seeing them. I imagined it was one way to view the world, but in a very quiet environment. All the city noises would be dampened by distance.

My cocker spaniel, Duke, however, would go absolutely mad when he saw one. If the hot air balloons got relatively close to our house, he would bark his head off. I think he always saw them as intruders.

As I looked for photos of hot air balloons, I realized a good number were composites and fantasy in nature which I admit is one of my favorite things. So the photos you’ll find below, from Pixabay, are a mix of the real thing and fantasy art. I hope you enjoy them.

Did you know the first hot air balloons were launched in France in 1783? 

Here is a short, time-elapsed video of the launch of hundreds of hot air balloons in New Mexico, with pleasant music. For a closer look at the experience, including being in the balloon gondola while it travels, check out this video. And just for fun, how about rafting out of a hot air balloon and skydiving! Yes, they’re crazy!

FunFacts about Hot Air Balloons: (Source) (Source)

  • The first hot air balloon occupants were a sheep, a rooster and a duck. They traveled tethered 1500 feet in the air and returned safely to earth unharmed. This flight, in 1783, was performed for Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI.
  • Hot air balloons that can be propelled through the air rather than just drifting with the wind, are called thermal airships. Another word is dirigible.
  • Unmanned hot air balloons were used in China as early as 220AD.
  • Tethered flights were the first flights in 1783. But within a couple of months, in November of 1783, the first untethered flights took place.
  • The French used hot air balloons for military observation in 1794.
  • In the US, work with modern hot air balloons with an on-board heat source began in the 1950’s.
  • Hot air balloons can reach extremely high altitudes. In 2005, Vijaypat Singhania reached 68,986 ft. He took off from downtown Mumbai, India, and landed 150 miles south in Panchale.
  • There are solar balloons that use a dark ‘envelope’ or ‘balloon’ to heat the air inside the balloon.
  • Most balloons carry a fire extinguisher.
  • Hot air balloons are regulated in most countries, with annual inspections, to ensure their air-worthiness and safety.
  • The fuel used is propane.
  • There are fatality-related crashes recorded.

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Lavender

Lavender

In ancient times, lavender was called nard  or nardus, and was used in Solomon’s temple as part of the ‘holy essence’. It’s also mentioned in the Song of Solomon. In Roman times, the flowers were expensive. At 100 denarii per pound, the cost was as much as a farm laborer’s wages for a month. Though strong in nature, lavender is a favorite fragrance of mine. The color is wonderful as well.

We had two lavender plants in our front yard that grew quite well until they began to split and stopped forming the nice tight mounds. I did a little research and discovered that lavender has a unique quality: It creates wood. If not properly pruned each year, it tends to split and become rangy-looking. This is an excellent blog for pruning lavender.

This short video, with lovely music, showcases aerial views of lavender fields.  This very short video, shows lavender being harvested. This ten-minute video, provides some great armchair traveling of Provence in southern France, including some footage of lavender fields. See if you recognize the abbey in the photos below.

FunFacts about Lavender: (Source)

  • Lavender is the genus Lavandula, of which there are 47 species and all part of the mint family.
  • Lavandula angustifolia, is the most widely cultivated species of lavender. This species is also known as English lavender.
  • Lavender is native to the Old World. ‘Old World’ refers to Afro-Eurasia, primarily the eastern hemisphere before contact with the Americas and Oceania.
  • Lavender is cultivated as plants for the garden, for its essential oils, and for culinary herbs.
  • Flowers may be blue, violet or lilac and, in the wild, species occasionally have blackish-purple and yellow flowers.
  • Lavender is a weed in Spain and Lavandula stoechas is considered an invasive species in Australia.
  • As an essential oil, lavender can be used as an anti-inflammatory an antiseptic and as a mosquito repellent.
  • The potency of lavender buds increases with drying. Chefs recommend reducing the quantity by a full 2/3rds if using dry over fresh lavender blossoms.
  • Lavender greens can be used like rosemary.
  • Lavender came to England in the 1600’s and Queen Elizabeth enjoyed lavender jam at her table.

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Torres Del Paine

Torres del Paine

The name ‘Torres del Paine’ means ‘Towers of Paine’. It’s made up of several massive granite monoliths and is also known as the Cordillera Paine. Quote: Paine means “blue” in the native Tehuelche language and is pronounced PIE-nay. (Source

Torres del Paine is located in the Torres del Paine National Park in the Patagonia region of southern Chile. The park covers almost 600,000 acres and one of its main attractions is the Cordillera Paine. The park boasts beautiful mountains, glaciers, lakes and rivers. 

Lady Florence Dixie was a Scottish traveler, war correspondent and feminist of the late 1800s. She was one of the first ‘foreign tourists’ to hike this region. She named the Torres del Paine ‘Cleopatra’s Needles’, citing them in her book published in 1880.

This short video shows a variety of places in the national park including the Torres del Paine and the glaciers. This short video, of the granite peaks, with interesting mood music, is time-lapsed and very beautiful. And lastly, another short but lovely video, with great footage of the area, featuring EcoCamp and those who camped during the making of this video. Very nice.

FunFacts about Torres Del Paine: (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • The park averages 250,000 visitors each year.
  • The glaciers in the expansive national park are Grey, Pingo and Tyndall and are part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.
  • The Cordillera Paine, also called Torres del Paine, refers to the small mountain group of massive granite monoliths. This is part of the Paine Massif, or mountain range which is an eastern spur of the Andes Mountains.
  • For a great map of the park that gives a real feel for the area, go here, then scroll.
  • The most traveled hike is called the ‘W’ circuit and is often mentioned as one of the top world trails. It’s 43 miles long.
  • For amazing, large photos of the mountains and other aspects of the national park, as well as more funfacts, go here.

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Guanaco in Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile

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Peacocks

Peacocks

When a peacock fans out his tail, he can also shake it which emits a low-frequency sound that humans can’t hear. This sound can also be adjusted by shaking different feathers. One sound will attract peahens that are close to him, while another will reach those that are faraway. (Source)

Though, ‘peacock’ is the name reserved for the male of the species known collectively as peafowl, it is also used to refer to the species as a whole. The females are called peahens and the offspring, peachicks. A family of peafowl is called a bevy. Names for a flock of these birds is called an ‘ostentation’, or a ‘party’ or even a ‘muster’.

This video is very short but shows a peacock in full display and calling for a mate. Really incredible.  Here’s a fun, almost goofy video because of noisy tourists, but you can watch peacocks behaving like any other bird trained to fly to a specific area to get some seed. You’ll see dozens of peacocks. As for the location of this event, one of the commenters posted the following: This place is in China, called Xishuangbanna or Sibsongbanna, near the Chinese boarder and close to Thailand. The peacock trainer was speaking Chinese.

This video, with music, is really lovely. It shows the peacock with the train, in full plumage and also close up. It also shows peahens. Beautiful.

FunFacts about Peacocks: (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • The peacock is a majestic male bird of the peafowl family: Peacock, peahen, and peachicks.
  • Peacocks have a loud call they use to attract a mate.
  • Males can gather several females together to create a harem, each of which will lay and hatch eggs for them.
  • Peafowl nest on the ground but roost in trees.
  • Peacock feathers are iridescent.
  • The beautiful train begins to develop about age three. Peahens don’t have the gorgeous, showy trains.
  • A peacock sheds his train once a year, so the feathers can be collected without harming the birds.
  • Peafowl in the wild live an average of twenty years.
  • A peacock’s tail-feathers can reach up to six feet long, but the length does not interfere with the ability to fly. They don’t, however, fly for long distances.
  • All-white peafowl are usually not albinos. They have a condition called leucism so that they retain normal eye color. Albino peafowl are extremely rare and have red or pink eyes.
  • Peafowl are omnivores.
  • There are three species of peafowl, quote: The peafowl include three species of birds in the genera Pavo and Afropavo of the Phasianidae family, the pheasants and their allies. There are two Asiatic species: the blue or Indian peafowl originally of India, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan; and the green peafowl of Myanmar, Indochina, and Java; and one African species, the Congo peafowl, native only to the Congo Basin. (Source)

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Happy Holidays, Everyone! For many of you, this is a treasured day for celebrating with family and friends! Sebastien and I wish you a joyous day as you turn your hearts to the hope and promise of the season, not to mention the joy of opening gifts, singing carols, and chowing down on savory meals. I’ll be baking a pumpkin pie and spending time with my family. I have a musical son and a talented, hard-working daughter-in-law, a beautiful daughter and a gifted son-in-law. 

My son and his wife have given DH and me the best gift ever with two grandchildren that we could not love more if we tried. My granddaughter is six and my grandson is three-and-a-half. I have my awesome cat, Sebastien as well, and lots of friends and family I cherish. Nothing means more to me than my loved ones, which includes my fans and especially my blog-buddies! *smooches*

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A SPECIAL THANK YOU!

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SOME CHRISTMAS CHEER!

I included these links in my newsletter. So, just in case you missed them, here are some awesome links to music as well as links to recipes for eggnog, fudge and holiday appetizers.

Here are three links for listening music to celebrate the holidays:

Here are three links for the best eggnog, great fudge, and a variety of holiday appetizers:

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Madrid

Madrid

Many moons ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Madrid. My fondest memory was touring the Prado Museum. It was founded in 1819 and is considered to have one of the finest collections of European art. For a gallery of some of the most famous pieces in the museum, go here.

Madrid is one of the most visited cities in Europe and is known for its nightlife, for tapas-crawls, for museums, for the extraordinary Royal Palace and for bullfighting. The Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, also called Las Ventas for short, is the famous Madrid bullring.

If you want to do some armchair traveling in Madrid, Rick Steve’s video is awesome. Here’s a fun video of 25 things to do in Madrid. Here’s a video of the Top Ten places to visit in Madrid.

FunFacts about Madrid: (Source

  • Madrid is the capitol of Spain and the third largest city in Europe.
  • Madrid is in the center of Spain and lies on the River Manzanares.
  • Madrid is the residence of the Spanish Monarch.
    • The current monarchy, quote: The Spanish monarchy is represented by King Felipe VI, his wife Queen Letizia, and their daughters Leonor, Princess of Asturias, and Infanta Sofía. (Source)
  • Madrid is the most visited city in Spain.
  • Madrid is at 700 meters or 2300 feet.
  • The site of present-day Madrid has been occupied since prehistoric times. With the river nearby, it’s a natural place to live. An Arabic reference to Madrid, is Majerit, the name given to a fort on the Manzanares River which means ‘Place of abundant water’ in Arabic. (Source)
  • Madrid is known for its nightlife. One popular occupation is to tapas-crawl, that is to travel through the city sampling tapas. Tapas are appetizers and come in a wide variety of ingredients, some cold, some hot. For a list of types of tapas, go here.
  • Madrid has the golden triangle of art which include the Prado, the Queen Sofia Museum and the Thyssen. (Source)

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Note, though the photos aren’t labeled, watching a couple of the videos will help you identify what’s what. Happy exploring…

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Japanese Cherry Tree

Japanese Cherry Tree

The cherry blossoms of Japan, which begin to fall in January and continue through May, is one of the most exquisite sights in the world. The practice of having a picnic and drinking sake with friends and loved ones beneath a blossoming cherry tree is called hanami. Hanami  was being observed as early as the Third Century AD in Japan.

This very short video features a number of gorgeous photos of the Japanese cherry trees in bloom. This is a lovely video of cherry blossoms in Japan’s Osaka Castle Park with beautiful music. Here is a third video also with lovely music that showcases cherry blossoms in Tokyo. This video includes Mount Fuji as well as cherry trees. Finally, watch this video about cherry blossom viewing in Kyoto.

FunFacts About the Japanese Cherry Tree (Source) (Source)

  • The ornamental Japanese cherry tree is known as Prunus serrulata and has numerous cultivars. Some of the blossoms are pink and some are white.
  • The cherry blossom in Japan is known as the flower of any tree of the genus Prunus, especially Prunus serrulata.
  • Along with the chrysanthemum, the cherry blossom is the national flower of Japan.
  • The Japanese cherry tree is closely related to plum, peach, almond and apricot trees, and more distantly to roses as well as pear and apple trees.
  • “Hanami” refers to having a picnic under a blossoming cherry tree, a tradition that goes back as far as the third century AD in Japan.
  • The Japanese Meteorological Society follows the blooming of the cherry trees as they progress up the Japanese archipelago of over 6800 islands. (Source)
    • The blooming begins in January near Okinawa and proceeds north. The blossoms begin to bloom in Kyoto and Tokyo at the end of March and the beginning of April. It reaches higher altitudes and more northerly places like Hokkaido a few weeks later.
  • In Japan, the exceptional beauty and transience of the cherry blossom often symbolizes the mortality of life and has deep significance in Japanese culture.

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Desserts

Desserts

“Sweets were fed to the gods in Mesopotamia”. (Source)

Many moons later, though merely human, we can enjoy our desserts anytime we like. By the time you’ve seen the beautiful photos, you’ll be planning what gorgeous dessert to make next.

What is your favorite dessert? My current top five are: Strawberry shortcake, cherry pie, hot fudge sundae, carrot cake and chocolate silk pie. ***Note: whipped cream required!

Here’s what I found most interesting when I delved into what, admittedly, is one of my favorite things ever: Desserts have been with us for over two thousand years. For some reason, I thought sugar was a more recent invention. I was very wrong. Sugarcane was being grown and refined in India in 500 BC. The refining process made sugar very easy to transport which meant it became available throughout large parts of the world by 600 AD. The European crusades opened up the sugar trade to Europe in the 12th Century AD.

The first apple pie recipe was published in 1381.

Here is a 10 minute Video on how to make a variety of kid-oriented holiday treat desserts, like a Hershey’s House. There are 12 of these projects in all. Delightful. Here’s a video that shows how to make beautiful chocolate peppermint truffles. Yum.

FunFacts about Desserts: (Source)

  • A definition of dessert, quote: “…a confectionery course that concludes a main meal. The course usually consists of sweet foods, and possibly a beverage such as dessert wine or liqueur, but may include coffee, cheeses, nuts, or other savory items. (Source)
  • Some areas of the world don’t have a dessert to end the meal. These include most of China, and central and western Africa.
  • Examples of desserts are: fruits, cookies, pastries, puddings, sweet soups, tarts, biscuits, ice cream, custard, cakes, gelatins, ice cream, and pies.
  • The word ‘dessert’ comes from the French word desservir, which means ‘to clear the table’. In other words, once the table was cleared of all other dishes, dessert was served.
  • Here’s a list of types of desserts: Cookies or biscuits, cakes, chocolates and candies, custards and puddings, deep fried desserts, frozen desserts, jellied desserts, pastries, pies, cobblers, sweet soups and dessert wines.
  • For a gallery of desserts, go here, then scroll to the bottom. Very pretty.

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