Socially Distanced Kite Flying


This sizeable toad seemed to be marooned in the middle of Cove Road. It seemed a bit warm for it be sat out in the sun and, even though there was noticeably less traffic back then, the road didn’t strike us as a safe place for it. We weren’t sure what to do with it, but when we passed the same way later it had gone – not squished on the tarmac, fortunately, but out of sight.


These mallard chicks were also on Cove Road, but more keen to get off the road and away…


At the end of Cove Road is the Cove, strangely enough, and that gives access to the sands where there’s plenty of room to…


…fly a kite.


Not exercise really, and so not within the letter of the rules at the time, but we thought close enough to the spirit of the thing. And there was certainly no difficulty with social distancing!


A good time was had by all and we even got Little S out of his pyjamas and out of the house.


This was another of my birthday presents. I’ve carried around a tiny pocket kite at the bottom of my rucksack for years, but it very rarely gets used. TBH has a huge stunt kite which also rarely gets used, because it’s not especially portable and you need a gale to fly it. I wanted something in-between – which would fit in a pack, so no struts, but with two lines for a bit more interest. This fits the bill perfectly.

I really am easily pleased.

All reggae cover versions today. First the aforementioned Toots and the Maytals version of ‘Country Roads’:

The Horace Andy’s take on Bill Withers ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’:

‘Billy Jean’ as performed by Shinehead on his wonderful first album ‘Rough and Rugged’:

And the Easy Star All-Stars taking on probably my favourite Pink Floyd tune:

They covered the entire album. Probably just so that they could call it ‘Dub Side of the Moon’. Covering entire albums seems to be their thing. They’ve done ‘OK Computer’ and ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ and probably others. I’ve seen them live a couple of times and can heartily recommend that experience.

Socially Distanced Kite Flying

8 thoughts on “Socially Distanced Kite Flying

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      I’m always slightly reluctant to handle a wild creature (except things which live in rock-pools which seem to be exempt from my reticence for some reason – poor them), but the main problem on this occasion was that we were a family group and there were two more groups of pedestrians approaching from either direction so we dithered and then were pretty much forced to move on.

  1. Kite flying is one those things I’ve tried and tried to pick up but I just don’t have the hand-eye coordination to do it – rules out kite surfing as well, dread to think of the mess I’d end up in if I tried that.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      I think the kite is too small, fortunately. Little S managed and although he is getting tall and even filling out a bit, you still feel me might need pegging down in a heavy breeze.

      1. Used to watch kite flying off Otterburn promenade in Liverpool when I was at University many years ago. Tried it once but without much success!

        1. beatingthebounds says:

          There’s an annual kite festival in Morecambe. Well not this year I guess. We’ve only been once, because it clashes with the village art trail, but to see loads of kites of all sizes and varieties was greta fun for a big kid like me.

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