Joseph Rimmer grabbed his older brother Oliver’s special red balloon given to him for starting high school and let it go outside with his family details attached his details to it.
The balloon soared up into the sky and disappeared just moments after it was released last September and the family forgot all about it.
Fast-forward three months later, and the 40-year-old was alarmed to discover a text from a woman in Germany when she checked her phone on Thursday morning (January 26).
To Joseph’s mum Jenny Pearson’s surprise, the text, from a woman in Pottenstein in the Bavaria district, said the family had stumbled across the balloon when they were out looking for a Christmas tree in the woods.
The message said: “Dear Jenny, First I have to say: my english is really bad and I love your Profilpicture (sic).
“My name is Christine and I live with my family near “9127 Pottenstein” In Germany.
“17. December we were walking in our wood (searching a tree for christmas) and we saw [the balloon]….It’s really cool.”
The balloon had made the astonishing 830 mile journey, floating across the UK, then over the North Sea, France and most of Germany before landing in the woods.
Jenny, who runs The Tile Master with her partner Alex Rimmer in Stockport told the Manchester Evening News : “It’s funny to think the balloon travelled across the sea.
“My son was really shocked when we explained how far it had travelled, and showed him on a map.
“I can’t believe it got all the way there.
“We have looked up where the family live and it is a really beautiful place.
“It would have been great to attach a camera to the balloon to see its journey.”
In a nod to the balloon’s romantic voyage, Jenny added: “It’s really nice to think they were walking through the woods looking for a Christmas tree when they found it.”