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Walmer beach

That turned out to be a very enjoyable afternoon's kite flying. Though it didn't start out too promising. Leaving home with absolutely no sign of movement in the trees, and a dull very overcast sky, I arrived in Walmer and found the car park by the castle to be full. To add insult to injury, it now appears that the car park is a pay and display. Shortly after I arrived, Peter rolled up, and we agreed to adjourn to the car park by the toilet block a little further along the beach. Fortunately this one is still free, so we parked there, and I sent some text to others we were expecting to let them know about the slight change of venue.

The sky was still very dull and overcast, but both Peter and I decided to try our midi manta rays. Apart from a test flight by Andrew Beattie this would be the kite's first flight, having only arrived in the week before Christmas. I ran out a full length of line, whilst Peter was flying on much shorter line. However I proved to have better wind up high as, before long, Peter's ray came back down to the ground, but short of the sea. We struggled to relaunch it, but eventually, after several threats, managed to get it back in the sky, and by letting it fly higher it was pretty stable.

Kite flying on Walmer Beach

So with two rays enjoying the conditions, I ummed and ahed about trying my cuttle fish on the line, but as the breeze seemed at best touch and go, eventually decided against. Meanwhile Janet had come to say hello on her way to make a special delivery of Christmas cake to one of the fishermen along the beach. Truly a fisherman's friend. Mike and Barbara had also arrived, and before long, they were flying new kites from Robert Brasington so this was now pretty much an antipodean kite day.

Kite flying on Walmer Beach

 

By now, the rays were struggling to stay aloft. A combination of the dying breeze and damp in the air seemed to be too much for them both, and we brought them down before they could be mistaken for refugees. As the wind had lightened, it seemed a good time to bring out the light wind kites, a couple of phoenixes took to the sky, along with a roller and a sode.

Kite flying on Walmer Beach

As the day drew to a close, Barry and Janet invited us back for a very welcome coffee and chat (with biscuits) to bring a very successful day's flying to an end.

Kite flying on Walmer Beach

Kite flying on Walmer Beach