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Something Old Something New

On Sunday 11th December 2017 a few of us turned up at Tonbridge park to fly some kites. It was a gloriously sunny day, but there was very little wind. However we made the best of the conditions.

First of all, the something new. A couple of weeks ago, I saw some photos posted on facebook by Monica Lou of Weifang Kaixuan Kite Company. They were of a rather large rabbit. It looked nice, but I thought nothing more about it. Then a few days later, I saw a video of one of them in flight, and realised that I needed one. I knew that one of our other members was interested, so asked Monica for the price. They seemed an excellent price, so I ordered two. A few days later, Monica confirmed that the kites had been built and shipped, and on Friday 11th December, that nice man from Federal Express left a parcel.

So Saturday was going to be the maiden flight of two rabbits. As I said, the wind was very light, so the lifter performed quite well with just one rabbit on the line, but adding the other was to prove challenging. Still. Never mind, they both got aired

Then Bill had arrived with the kite collection from Peter Reardon. Peter had died a couple of years ago, and his daughter had donated his collection of kites to the club. These kites dated back to the 70s, so were real old school stuff, but in very good condition and very colourful. The object of the excersize was to fly as many as we could so that Bill could photograph them. So we spent a pelasant hour or so putting together these masterpieces and getting them in the air again. There were a couple of real classic here, and I'm sure they will find new homes quickly.