Thursday, 23 May 2013


We are very lucky indeed to live five minutes walk from two gorgeous little parks in Bath. One of them, Sydney Gardens, was where Jane Austen used to take her morning stroll. It is pretty as a picture, with the train line and the canal running through it, zigzagged by lots of little bridges on which I regularly now stand with B to shout "Choo choo" as the trains whizz past. If we're lucky, the London Paddington drivers toot their horn at us as we wave to them, much to the delight of B. Sydney Gardens is also home of the Holburne Museum, a beautiful art gallery with a fancy cafe attached. At the weekend, the Holburne hosted a hot air balloon in their gardens so we took a teething toddler along in the evening to cheer him up and help him forget all about his poorly mouth. 
As it was a lovely mild evening, we were expecting a huge crowd to see the balloon glow in the twilight, but in fact we were practically the only people there. So we had a glass of wine and chatted to friends whilst B ran happily around the gardens mesmerised by the balloon.
Inspired by our magical evening, we decided to crack open a new palette of water colours for B and make a hot air balloon of our own. This was B's first time using this type of paint and it took him a little while to get used to washing his brush in between colours. I love the overlapping of muted tones he's put on his hot air balloon - such a pretty mix.
Again, this craft barely requires explanation, but just in case, here's what we did: I cut out a balloon and basket shape from white card and got B to decorate them with his paints. Then using washi tape and some white embroidery floss, I attached them together, adding a little loop at the top for hanging purposes. And I couldn't resist popping a little photo of B in the basket as a finishing touch. Here's a little close up of his cheeky face flying high into the sky!