Hot air balloon


“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?”   John Lennon


We’re going hot air ballooning!  she announced gleefully

Oh boy, I’ve never been in one of those.

When ?  Where ? Who with?   Why?

Just follow me. You’ll find out. She said as she skipped ahead.

I didn’t want  to miss out on this adventure, so I dropped what I was doing and ran after her as fast as my little legs could carry me.

We came to an opening in the middle of the forest. It was girded by giant pine trees as tall as tall could be.  And right there in the very middle of it, was a group of busy bees milling around. As far as I could tell they weren’t actually DOING anything. Other than being busy doing busy work.

She came to a sudden halt. So quick was it that I almost ran into her before I realised she had stopped.  Not a hot air balloon within cooee as far as I could tell. Just what was going on here, I wondered.  I reckon she must have heard me, ‘cos she turned around and said Go and find the biggest mushroom you can and bring it here as quick as you can.

Now that was downright weird if you ask me. Why do we need mushrooms to go hot air ballooning? Not wanting to seem rude, I did as asked and ran off into the forest to forage for mushrooms. As it was mushroom season, it didn’t take long for me to find what I needed. Problem was, the biggest mushroom was SO big I had trouble carrying it. Somehow, I  managed to get it to the clearing in one piece.

Oooh, that is awesome, she said. Perfect in fact.  It will make the best balloon ever!


Just remove the stem and carve it so we can turn it into the basket….

It was at this point I woke up.  How on earth , I wondered, does a mushroom turn into a hot air balloon ?!

 Written for – Mystery 

© Raili Tanska                                                                                                                                      .



20 thoughts on “Hot air balloon

    1. Lordy, Lordy, alright !!! I actually HAD this one. I’ve yet to understand the logistics of how it would work. I’m going to put in an order for the next episode, lol. Then I might have to sit and think about what it all means 🙂

  1. Excellent. We dream and sometimes the dream is so very real – perhaps it is. I too believe in Fairies and Leprechauns but then I would as I have all Irish Blood. Like John Lennon said “I believe in everything until it’s disproved” odd I like that saying as I was not a fan of Lennon (or the Beatles).

      1. Well, there was a pine forest, and you did post a pic of amanita muscaria (Sp?) what likes to grow there. Just don’t get arrested, that’s all I ask.

      2. Oookay …. so you are a mushroom expert ! Gee, who would have guessed. As for getting arrested – do you think I would be safe from the dream police if I ventured back in another dream ? I was just searching for a picture of a pretty red one. And of course, being a neanderthal in mushroom recognition, assumed it would be a poisonous one as I thought red mushrooms are toxic to us people. Perhaps not to faeries though 🙂

  2. In fact, I’m very timid about mushrooms – other than those sold for human consumption! But these red ones are so pretty. If I see one when I’m out on a walk I always stop to admire it.

  3. and a fly ageric no less! The lust of the Vikings! Does Finland have some amazing mushrooms and toadstools? I would have thought so. I recall that the UK had amazing ones, none here in TX really to speak of and I so miss mushroom picking (not a line I thought I would ever utter! ha ha ha!). Fly ageric stick in my mind as their infamy and legacy with the Vikings is known but also they’re so beautiful in color and striking in a non red forest.

    1. Is that what they are ? I just looked for pretty pictures 🙂 I can remember mum and dad going mushrooming, so I guess the pickings must be good in Finland. I pick them off the shops shelves myself!

      1. really? I so miss that. Yes fly agaric, knowing your enquiring mind you googled them – great history!

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