A sunny day here in Edinburgh can be deceiving. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stepped outside in shorts and a t-shirt only to find myself nearly knocked sideways by ice-cold winds. Even a cloudless sky filled with sunshine can’t compete with Scotland’s trampoline-force winds. But the upside to all of this is that it’s fantastic kite weather.
As a child, I never had the patience for kites. Kite-flying always seemed to involve more running and frustration than I expected going into it. Plus, any situation that requires me to hold my arms above my head for long stretches of time makes me incredibly cranky (interrupt me while I’m trying to french braid my hair and I’ll bite your head off).
But I think it’s time I give kites a second chance. Especially considering how cool some of them are.
For example these:
Fun Facts About Kites (via Kiteman.co.uk):
- Kites were used during the American Civil War to deliver newspapers and letters
- The world’s smallest kite that actually flys is only 5mm tall
- In 1826 there was a stage coach service between London and Bristol that used kites instead of horses
- Alexander Graham Bell invented the tetrahedal kite, which could carry people. It paved the way for further exploration into manned flight
- Benjamin Franklin successfully used a kite to prove that lightening was electricity
For more great kite facts, check out Kiteman.co.uk.
Which kite is your favourite? Isn’t kite flying the best? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.