The evenings are now getting shorter with sunset at 7.00 pm. However the weather this autumn is outstanding with clean crisp air and UN limited visibilities. We greeted our Norfolk Balloon Flight passengers at Mattishall Golf Club and were airborne at 5.00 p.m. Our balloon flight today was the first time no family and friends came out to watch due to the earlier meet times and being midweek many people are now still at work. The balloon ascended up to 3,000 feet. We contacted Norwich air traffic control to confirm our launch and direction. They could see us even though we were some fifteen miles to there southwest. We soon drifted toward the town of Wymondham with its magnificent Abbey, always the topic of conversation. It really is worth a trip to see. Starting life as a Benedictine monastery in 1107 with the grand tower being constructed in 1447. What probably saved this beautiful medieval structure during the dissolution of the monasteries was that the monks surrendered the `abbey to the king in 1538 and signed the ‘oath of supremacy’ to the crown. Other abbeys such as Langham, Wendling and Sturston were not so fortunate. After an hour in the air we descend our hot air balloon over spooner Row and gently land in a stubble field in the parish of Bunwell.