Let’s Go Fly a Kite!
We are lucky enough to have some big fields near our house and when we go for a walk we often take the kites with us to see if the conditions are right. Now, I am no kite-flying expert. I well remember the frustrating times I spent trying to fly a kite with my Dad when I was little.
More often than not, we would crash it and break it within about 5 minutes and it would then be a long, agonising wait for a new part to arrive in the post. But a couple of years ago, I bought a ‘recreational two-line kite’ with no breakable bits. No need to assemble it, you simply pull it out of the bag, pay out the lines and launch it. And it is brilliant! Not only can you crash it without breaking it, but it is dead easy to fly! In fact, this kite wants to fly!
We also have a ‘James-proof’ kite: a single-line pocket kite with a long, cheerful, multi-coloured tail which cost £3. This kite belongs to James. It’s even easier to get into the air and doesn’t require any hand-eye coordination, so has been perfect for him for the last year or two. Now he’s getting a bit bigger, James, of course, wants to have a go with the “big kite” and, when it’s not too windy, we let him help us fly it. He uses his own on more windy days because it’s unlikely to take a small boy flying and it doesn’t really matter if it blows away. And as the pocket kite packs down to about the size of a tennis ball, you can always have it with you, whip it out of your pocket as a surprise, and watch his expression of delight...
There’s something really marvellous about flying a kite: it is impossible to be miserable. So, get yourself a nice, brightly-coloured kite and go and fly it against a blue sky. In fact, go and fly it against any sky – it still looks brilliant. Look at the clouds, listen to the wind and watch this small miracle. I promise you, you will feel your spirits soar.
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About the Author
About Me & Mine
Hi there! Helen and Ian here from the Oxfordshire-Wiltshire border! We have two boys who love everything in the Great Outdoors (especially sticks), and a border collie who also loves everything in the Great Outdoors (especially tennis balls). We also have a toddler daughter who is fiercely independent and proving to be just as intrepid as her brothers.
Favourite place in the world:
A difficult one... There are so many wonderful places to choose from... But it has to be Sandwood Bay in the far north-west of Scotland which can only be reached by a 4-mile walk. Last time we went it was a full-on winter mountaineering experience (with ice axe and crampons!) just to get there. Wild and windswept, it's totally unspoilt.
Favourite things to do outdoors:
Enjoy beaches, woods, and coastal paths; explore waterways in our open canoe; go for a big day out on a small hill; go rock climbing; collect sticks, conkers, and acorns; investigate puddles and rockpools; ride our tandem; fly a kite against a clear blue sky.