We had a great afternoon flying in the warm sunshine on the beach at Walmer. The breeze was on-shore, but perhaps just a little too light and inconsistent to be perfect. But not to complain as it kept us occupied, not being able to leave kites for long periods unattended.

When I arrived, Simon already had his single colour manta ray aloft, lifting his penguin, and I soon joined him with my patchwork ray. I did manage to dangle a trilobite from the line, but it struggled in the light breeze. Peter also joined us with his AF ray and a fauchi. Meanwhile Mike, Janet, Janet and Barry kept up their end of the bargain flying stick kites. And Janet (which one?) kept the inner man satisfied with sausage rolls and doughnuts - yummy.

Looking out to sea, we could see the ferries coming in and out of Dover. And we could just about make out Calias harbour with a pair of binoculars. The coast of France was clear in the sunshine and looked very welcoming. Of course, the days are much shorter now, and by about 3.30 the sun starts to drop. soon enough we were treated to a lovely sunset and looking out over the channel the full moon slowly climbed over the horizon. Thanks to all the passers by who came and chatted.

Next week we are lighting up the sky at Woodchurch. We're not sure whether it will be Saturday or Sunday at the moment, it is very weather dependant.

 A lovely autumn day at Walmer

 A lovely autumn day at Walmer

 A lovely autumn day at Walmer

 A lovely autumn day at Walmer

 A lovely autumn day at Walmer

Despite the predictions of doom and destruction from the naysayers and ne'er do wells, 4 of us went to the Lade at Lydd-on-Sea on Sunday afternoon to enjoy pleasant sunshine and very light breezes and try to put some kites in the sky. It didn't look too promising on Saturday afternoon. I was in East Sussex, where the powerful wind and driving rain made conditions pretty horrible, but what a difference 24 hours can make.

Sunday 20th October saw four of us attend the Martin Corrie Memorial Fly at Frinton organised by our friends at East Anglian Kite Flyers. This had been re-organised from its original date due to the appalling whether at the end of September. We arrived to find after a solid breakfast at Fred's Cafe.

This year we will be lighting up the sky twice. And on Sunday 27th October the first outing took place on the strand at Walmer. It was just as well we chose the Sunday rather than the Saturday as the strong winds and heavy rain had abated, and it was a beautiful autumnal afternoon, though the breeze was light to non-existent.

Sunday saw us on the green at Woodchurch to celebrate One Sky One World, the world kite fly for peace. The weather forecast was pretty horrible, but despite the conditions we had a good turn out of club members and public. Of course, some of us had important Rugby World Cup action to watch so were a little late arriving.