Making and flying kites are
quite simple operations, right? One has only to tie
together two sticks at right angles, cover them with
paper or cloth, and add a tail! Of course, one must
not forget a long piece of string, called the kite line.
Having done these things, one has only to throw the
kite up into the air on a suitably windy day
and away it flies! Or-does it?
I can assure you that there is much more to the
business than this, and, we explain some of the
technicalities of the subject, you will realize
that there is more to it than you might first suspect.
To compile this kite shop web
site full of information, there have been visits
to libraries and business premises; letters to individuals
and firms; the house has been filled with specimens
of cane, string, cloth and paper; models of kites
have been looking down at us from their places on
the walls; discussions about weather conditions and
the science of flight have taken place, and a whole
new world seems to have opened before our eyes.
Here, then, is a hobby which provides
pleasure, entertainment, and education all the year
round - kites! The
long winter evenings present an opportunity for artistic
minds and busy hands to make the kites which
can be flown during the bright summer evenings and
at many other times during the year. These are the
main things, but, as we shall discover, they are
accompanied by many other enjoyable activities. In
particular, as one looks round in an attempt to forecast
kite flying conditions, one is reminded of the
wonder and the beauty of the world in which we live.
My heart leaps up when I behold A rainbow in the
So wrote the poet, Wordsworth, and something of that same feeling will come over us as we see our kites-those kites which we have made with our own hands-flying so proudly in the sky above.
Enjoy Making and Flying Kites!