A few minutes of burning gas and

carefully directing the hot air

into our balloon…


…and it rose quietly into the

chilly Melbourne morning sky.


A rose by any other name…


Valentine’s Day roses.

Their botanical name is Helleborus.

Their common name is Winter Rose,

and they should be in flower soon.

Also known as Snow, Lenten,

or Christmas Roses,

North of the Equator.


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