As many of you will know, we have recently returned from a wonderful six day holiday to Ramsgate Beach in South Africa...
There is something so tranquil about sitting on a beach and watching a kite being flown nearby. I become rather mesmerised by how this simple little device can play so whimsically in the thermals above my head and how it effectively puts a smile on its anchor’s face. It’s also an opportunity for me to observe the usually invisible breeze which is so beautifully "painted" by the kite.
On the other end of the kite’s strings a human being often displays sheer delight as he/she toys with its wonders. It seems that a kite is a medium for us all to be able to “play with the wind”.
Don't you find it amazing?!
Sometimes the kite is only a single string type where it flies at the mercy of the wind’s direction and force. At other times, the kite is more advanced and it uses parachute technology to allow some technical manoeuvring in the thermals. Either way, it’s fun! And fascinating! And I’ve discovered that the range of kites on offer is diverse - in shapes, abilities, styles and colours!
The opportunity presented itself this holiday to take a closer look at the makings and operations of a kite.
Mr “R” got us going at first. He’d brought along a rather large parachute-type kite and one afternoon, when the wind was good, we went down to the beach to watch some action...
Phew, some amazing athleticism was required to keep the kite airborne!...
As you can see, Mr "R" was also airborne!
Ramsgate and its environment is home to ‘Windsong Kites’ and we stopped by their little factory shop to see what they had to offer. I just have to show you some of their beautiful and colourful designs:
(Beautiful Butterfly kite)
(A Goldfish kite)
(Chinese Dragon - on the left)
(A beautiful sailing boat hanging from the ceiling)
I was totally intrigued and since I’ve never had a kite of my own I decided to purchase a small, one line, ‘jelly fish’ kite of my own. Despite its simple design, it was most effective in the air and we all took turns to play in the wind. It's very 'delicate' looking...
A "Girl" Kite, what fun!
I’ve decided that flying a kite is somewhat like watching a gold fish swimming around in a fish bowl...quite mesmerising.
Anyone flown a kite? Any stories to tell?
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