I have never flown a kite before. I’ve been surrounded by rolling country hills that attract strong winds all of my life. I have no excuses. It was my birthday yesterday and not feeling like doing anything grown up (in denial about my age – I’m now 26), we crazily headed outside in the torrential rain and strong winds to fly my first ever kite.
There is a place in St. Ives called the Island (it’s not really an island, but a grassy hill with 360 degree views of St. Ives, the bay and the atlantic ocean). It’s gets the most weather in town and is usually perfect for kite flying. It’s also a great place for a walk as the views from this spot, despite the weather are always stunning. Here’s the view from one side:
We bought an ‘easy to fly kite’ and undeterred by the weather we crazily ascended the hill to fly our first kite together as a family. I wish that I’d taken a picture as we were walking up. The rain was horrific. But just as we reached the top of the hill and took this picture the sun popped it’s head out and stayed for the whole time we played. Hooray! Apparently we’re not the only crazy ones to be out in this weather. As you can see, people actually have tents on the beach and are in the sea! (this is another side of the Island)
Evie loved kite flying. She was really interactive from the start and soon learnt to hold onto it, shout ‘ready’ and then let go. It was so cute watching her trying to catch it as it flew off. But she, like us, was getting very cross when it kept flying back into our faces or landing on the floor again straight away.
As I’m sure you can tell by my hair, it was VERY windy so it was perfect conditions for kite flying. For some reason our kite didn’t ever take to the air for too long, but we were doing much better than another kite flyer on the island that day. I don’t think their kite was easy to fly and it never did lift off the ground. Jamie was in his element running around with Evie. He used to fly kites here as a child, although apparently never with much success.
The heavens looked like they were going to open up again, so after half an hour or so we took our leave and headed back home. I’m not sure who had the most fun, although I think this photo might vouch for the fact that it was Jamie, who looks way too proud of our kite.
I know lots of you love my Cornish posts. If you’re planning on coming on holiday down here, be sure to check out my ‘Top 5 Family Friendly Beaches in Cornwall‘.
What outdoors activities do you do in the rain? Have you ever flown a kite before?
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