In this section you can read the responses from people who have found one of the images. On each card a password has been given with which they can login and let us know where they are, and participate by sending us something of their own, whether it be a message, an image or anything they'd like to share.

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Name: Lynnie Hutchison
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Image Found: #123
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Location: Ketches lane, Danehill, East Sussex
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Distance travelled: 95Km
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Date found: 6 October 2005
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Found - 4 days after the launch
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Hi there

Sorry not to reply sooner, only have access to email at my pt work but here is info you would like;

I found image 123/200 in a field called great leg on my farm, Brickpits organic farm, Ketches lane, Danehill, E Sussex, TN22 3RX, when I was checking the field prior to moving the sheep in. I did not however find the balloon so wonder if the image got caught in the hedge and pulled off. I don't have a digital camera so can't send you a picture of the spot or the sheep! and I have to confess to not being a fan of balloon releases. Once you've nursed a sick sheep day and night with an inexplicable illness that defies you and the vet only to loose it and find on post mortum that it had bits of balloon stuck blocking it's gut that's the sad image that tends to stick in your mind. However as sheep don't make a habit of chewing rubbish and i'm sure charities make lots of money from balloon races etc., hopefully the good outweighs the bad.

I hope you have some more replies from other who have found your balloons

Lynnie


We are sad about the loss and bad experience Lynnie had with other balloon releases. We have asked her to let us know if the baloon was of plastic or latex composition. As mentioned in the credits and info section of the site, the balloons we used were made of latex, which is a bio-degradble substance which can degrade at the same speed as an oak leaf. I suspect the balloons in question were plastic.

Thanks for this marc i lost the first bit of your email it came through gobbledy goook but got the bit with the research quote so thanks, Its great to know that people are taking this sort of thing into account and certainly makes me feel better about the balloon not being found and worrying that i'd missed it somewhere in the field/hedge. I'm involved in raising funds for various charities but have always veered away from balloon releases but now would feel happy to suggest them given that we got the right sort of balloons so thanks for not dismissing my comments and explaining the difference, it certainly must have been a plastic balloon as it was still clearly distinguishable and given stomach acids etc., you would think that otherwise it would have been broken down. Thanks again for this and I hope more than just this one gets found

Lynnie






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Name: Christine Long
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Image Found: #97
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Location: Oast Road, Oxted, Surrey
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Distance travelled: 66Km
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Date found: 2 October 2005
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Found - 0 days after the launch
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Hi folks

Sorry for delay in contacting you - pc probs.. Spookily the image arrived at our house while my daughter was here for the weekend. She lives in Bow, pretty close to Victoria Park.

The balloon confused my hens - picture of Mavis below.

Best wishes