'Enduring Love' by Ian McEwan? He can be pretty dark at times and this one begins with a man falling from a rope on a hot-air balloon. Well, this is the Ladybird balloon of Ladybird Books fame and it passes over us quite regularly on warm Summer evenings. It has never caused us any problems, unlike some others in the past:
When we first moved here the kids were 7 and 5 years old. One evening the eldest came rushing in shouting about a balloon which was about to hit the roof. Sure enough, once outside, we could see the panic on the pilot's face as he frantically ignited the gas to gain height. Luckily he made it. The episode wasn't over though as it became obvious he was going to land in the newly ploughed field opposite our house. Our sons were both in the field excitedly watching the action. Suddenly the pilot threw a rope out and shouted, "Catch it."
Our eldest ran after the rope while I was screaming, "NOOOO, don't touch it!"
Thankfully he didn't catch it and the balloon bounced over the furrows in the field spilling its passengers out into the mud. Strangely, I have never hankered after a balloon ride since!
Visions of a small boy drifting off into the air still haunt me. Stupid really as he grew up and became a fighter pilot for the Royal Navy ...
I've been collecting seeds, sowing seeds, taking cuttings and dead heading this week. Pottering! Love it!
Here's a link to a nursery in Cornwall that specialises in Crocosmia. I hadn't realised there were quite so many different varieties of this plant.