The holidays are over and in some ways that’s not so bad. The weather has been interesting to say the least. We’ve had blizzards and sunshine. And even some wind.
Wind is nature’s unsung hero. It can be cold and icy coming straight from the North Sea. Sometimes it’s warm and welcoming – a gentle breeze brushing the cheek. Above all it’s unpredictable. In today’s world where society strives to make everything more predictable and safe, the wind is a reminder that we never can, nor should, control the elements but run with them instead. Literally we must go with the flow.
Kite flying is a subtle art. It requires feeling the wind and knowing when to lift, pull and coax the kite into action. We started with the cheapest kite – a plastic one that claimed to be for beginners. It flew beautifully. It went up into the air and hung around appreciating the praise we bestowed upon it.
A great website to find out more about kites is The Drachen Foundation. It has lots of interesting information, history and advice about kites. There are kits to buy and the education links and benefits of studying kites included.
(Written, in haste, as a contribution to Children and Nature Blogshare at Backyard Mama. Worth a visit as we’re all writing about such different things on a common theme).