Monday, 17 October 2011
A "Nelson" moment...
Friends, I flew my kite again today. It has sat in the boot of my car, unused, ever since I broke the video camera.
I added the kite string to the string from another kite to make an extra long kitestring. the conditions were perfect. The kite flew beautifully, and far higher than it had with it's original string.
The low sun and dark clouds formed a dramatic backdrop, so after flying it for a while, with no problems at all, I decided to risk nipping home and getting my "proper" compact camera.
However, when I returned to the dips, it was as exasperating as the previous bit had been rewarding. The camear is much heavier than the little video camera, and this affected the centre of gravity of the kite. Strings got tangled repeatedly, and I spent most of my time trying to unsnarl a rats nest. The perfect wind had dropped, and I just couldn't get the kite to fly, no matter how fast I ran.
I must have persevered for about an hour. Just as I was giving up, frustrated and demoralised, some guy in his car slowed right down nearby and shouted "Get a fucking life!"
The timing of this pointless and unprovoked insult couldn't have been bettered.
Think big I guess. These guys took a video camera upto the edge of space. They even plotted it's course using GPS and Google Earth.
Don't worry Bren, I'm not planning on buying a weather balloon, or a gps any time soon.
driving lessons in Wallasey?