Today were were doing just that, watching the bees, some beautiful and colourful moths getting out before the light fades, and listening to the screech of the swifts as they wheel across the sky grabbing insects. We think (and we may well be deluding ourselves) that they seem to gather a lot around our garden as there are so many bugs around it for them to feast on. And they always nest in the eaves of our neighbours, Trevor and Annie in 'Ulverstone' (the nests are now empty as the babies have fledged and left, we gather to spend the next years of their life continuously in the air).
Not quite so spectacular today but the balloon we saw was very low, moving a a fair speed in the breeze, and we could talk (or really shout) to the balloonists above as the skimmed directly over our garden. And completely silently apart from the occasional roar of the burners as the lifted up a little. Indeed on a balmy evening it is usually the burners you hear before you see the balloon. We cannot guarantee you'll see a balloon if you stay in Gorge View Cottage, but if you are really keen you can treat yourself to a flight!