This year marks our first Valentine's Day together, so we decided to celebrate by doing something we had always wanted to do - take an early morning balloon flight!
Because I live in Australia, Valentine's Day arrives earlier for me than Keely. When I awoke on Valentine's Day, my darling greeted me with this beautiful video of our wonderful love before she retired for the day. Copy and paste this linky into your browser for a real love story: http://tiny.cc/yifwp
The hours flew past for me until it was finally Valentine's Day in the UK. I didn't want my darling to have to wait until the end of the day for treats, so when she woke up I had some little things waiting for her:
|Especially for my darling|
I had also posted a card to her and she opened it up first thing that morning:
|Keely with post from Australia!|
When it was evening in the UK, I caught the Google Earth Jet from Queensland to pick Keely up from her home in beautiful Yorkshire. Before our return trip however, I took her in my arms and told her how much she meant to me and how much I loved her.
|for my Sweet Valentine|
There were a number of balloons going up that morning but ours was the prettiest.
|Keely & Thomas before take-off|
|left Toowoomba Range; right Laidley Valley|
|Ipswich City CBD, Queensland|
The sun was well up by now; time for some breakfast! We watched the scenery unroll below us as we sipped chilled bubbly Pink Champagne and nommed on chocolates and delicious strawberries & cream.
|Pink Champagne, Strawberry & Cream, Carob Chocolates|
|left Gold Coast beaches; right Whale Watching|
|Miami Beach, Gold Coast - message to my darling|
|Picnic basket full of sossidges|
Gradually the city of Brisbane came into view, and we could also see the Brisbane River winding its way inland. Of course I pointed out the famous cricket grounds, the Woolloongabba (the 'Gabba) to Keely:
|clockwise from top: Brisbane City, Brisbane River, Woolloongabba Cricket Ground|
|A Sunshine Coast beach|
|Glasshouse Mountains QLD|
|Australia Zoo: Home of Terri, Bindi & Robert Irwin|
We turned our balloon East again to the Sunshine Coast beaches, and traveled up the coast past Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore and Noosa:
|clockwise, top left: Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Noosa|
|Sweets for the sweet|
Our first Valentine's Day was simply wonderful and a day that I will remember and cherish all my life. Having escorted my darling back to her home on the other side of the world, I returned knowing that I am indeed the luckiest dog in all the world to have such a sweet valentine.