4 August 2017

Lets go fly a kite

Hasn't the weather been dismal this week? I mean it is so grey out, no clear skies and fluffy clouds, just a layer of thick grey stuff and a whole lot of drizzle, showers and heavy downpours thrown in too. I have been thinking about a lovely afternoon we had on the common on weekend a few weeks ago when it was scorching hot and the sun was out.


It was one of those almost thirty degree days and so airless indoors, the Little Ones were too hot out in the full sun in the back garden but inside they were sweaty hot and grumpy too. I had a brain wave, we would take them up to the common to fly the kites, there was bound to be a lovely breeze up there to cool us all down.


Off we went, thankful for the air conditioning in the car, plastered with sun cream and copious bottles of water. It was still very hot up there but I was right and the breeze made it feel much cooler however it wasn't really the right kind of wind for kite flying.


The girls and Daddy did lots of running around trying to get the kites in the air but the wind kept changing direction and dropping and so they didn't get very far. The kites just wouldn't stay in the air and came crashing back down no sooner had they let go.


Little 3 got tired of running around pretty quickly and spent some time exploring the grass and wild flowers finding plenty of grasshoppers and insect life. The two of us went for a wander in the shade of the trees while Daddy and the girls headed down the other side of the hill to see of they could catch some thermals there.


It wasn't long before Little 1 was back and joined her brother in a game of jumping off a raised concrete drain cover. 


As I watched them playing together I saw their personalities shining through; Little 1, caring and helpful, watching over Little 3 and taking him by the hand to help him jump but he, being adventurous and wilful, wanted to do it all by himself but took the hand that was offered with a little resistance.


Having given up trying to fly the kite we were soon joined by Daddy and Little 2. As I looked through the pictures I had taken on the camera, I suddenly noticed the view behind the Little Ones, The Stroud valleys, I had been too busy watching them and not taking in the beautiful scenery, it is lovely up there.


When the Little Ones had had enough of jumping and performing dance routines on the drain we headed back to the car and were greeted by the lovely sight of a Winston's ice cream van (locally made and seriously yummy ice cream). 


We sat in the shade on a grassy hump and each enjoyed our favourite flavour complete with a chocolate flake, yummy. All too soon it was time to take our hot, sticky children home for tea. We will be back to fly our kites again soon and hopefully the wind will be better then.

47 comments:

  1. Aww this brings back my memories, I used to love kites as a child, I think I'm going to get one myself now! Looks like you and your children had a fab day too Xx

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  2. We did have a fab day, kites are so much fun.

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  3. Gorgeous photos!! I love kite flying, it's one of our favourite things to do with the children whether it's raining or sunny, if there's wind we can fly!

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  4. Oh wow this has made me think we need to do this, I am not sure Fred has ever flown a kite. Thanks for the inspiration it looks amazing :)

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  5. Kite flying is such fun. It is great fun on the beach too x


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  6. Flying a kite has to be one of the best bits of being a child (and a grown up!). It's been ages since I've done that - must go buy a kite!

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  7. Such beautiful summer photos! You'll be treasuring these for years to come I'm sure x

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  8. We don't do it often but when we do we think, 'I must do that more often!'

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  9. I do have so many lovely photos that I wouldn't have taken if I didn't blog, I always have a camera with me these days.

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  10. These photos are beautiful, that view is stunning. Shame that the wind wasn't right for kite flying but you do have some lovely memories.

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  11. Thank you, we did still have a good time and Yes I love those photos, the sun was so bright they came out just like that no editing at all!

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  12. What beautiful photos! Ah when the weather was sunny,eh? I'm really hoping we get more kite flying days like this soon! x

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  13. I am hoping for less rain next week, we are on holiday at the seaside then!!

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  14. We've NEVER managed to successfully fly a kite! I'm definitely starting to wonder if it's even aerodynamically possible... ;) Sounds like you had a lovely day out, regardless - simple pleasures are the best! x

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  15. Oh it is possible to fly them, we had great fun with ours on the beach once!

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  16. I don't think I've ever successfully flown in a kite in all my 37 years!

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  17. There is still hope yet!!


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  18. Aw Thank you x


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  19. We love kite flying though it's been a while. We really need to get it back out!

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  20. Love these photos, literally looks you have the world as your own!

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  21. It is great fun x


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  22. Thank You x


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  23. This really does look like the perfect day. I've never tried lite flyimg with my two but really must x

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  24. It is good fun trying even if you can’t catch the wind.

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  25. This looks like so much fun, I dont think I've flown a kite since I was a kid. I'm off to find one with my boys this weekend now!

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  26. I love flying kites, as a child and now as a mom... my kids think is the greatest thing :)

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  27. I am glad we have inspired you.


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  28. Thank you x


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  29. I really need to grab the kite I bought from Ikea back from B's dad! He's at the age now where he'd LOVE it... Thank you for giving me the idea. I absolutely love the accompanying images with this post darling, they are so lovely! They will be so nice to look back on in years to come xo

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  30. This is something I really need to do with my children. I love flying kites! Your photos are so beautiful x

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  31. Ahh thank you, it is great fun to do on a beach too.

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  32. Flying a kite is one of my favourite past times even as an adult. It is just a shame that there are only a few "suitable" windy enough days where I live. Most of the times I have to run like crazy a lot :D

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  33. It was a great way to tire the children out!

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  34. Thank goodness that there have at least been a few fine days. I used to love flying a kite as a child and I must share something like this with my children x

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  35. We haven't flown kites with our two yet, something we must do and especially in this weather! Lovely to see the bond between your three. Little 1 looking after 3 was so sweet. I hope my two have that bond x

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  36. We need to go out again soon, the children keep asking again.

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  37. Ahh thank you. She really does look after him, it can be a great help sometimes.

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  38. I have never taken the kids kite flying :( I also can't believe how naff the weather has been this summer, we had frequent bike rides planned but have only done a couple

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  39. I quite like the cool weather, I am the first to complain when it gets hot.

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  40. Flying a kite is a simple and free pleasure. Even if you make the kite. It's so much fun and a memory that will last a lifetime x

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  41. My daughter has a kite that hasn't even been out of the packing, but we do keep meaning to break it out with the right weather. Just never seem to find the time, weather and inclination to all match up. Definitely need to fix that! Beautiful pictures, both of the littles and the view. x

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  42. Thank you for your lovely comment.


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  43. Seeing your pics of little ones flying kites has brought back a lot of my childhood memories, back in India, where there was a once a year kite flying day ahmedabad.

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  44. I would love to go to a kite flying festival and see all the amazing kites there. x

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