Kite Flying Stories
The First Few Years Of MBK
All the earliest kite flying stories recorded for the MBK website may be found here. Starting from March in 2007.
Aren (2 yrs) with Baby Sled
We used to get out at least once a week, and document everything that
happened. Which kites we took, how high they flew, how long they flew,
the weather conditions and so on.
At this time, our son Aren was a very cute toddler. He still got
involved with the kite flying though, and we also took a few photos
which you can find in the links below.
There's little Aren in the photo. The little green Baby Sled features heavily in our initial reports!
Similar tiny Sleds like this Sled kite
from Amazon are popular with parents buying
for the smallest fliers in the hobby.
The Discontinued Blog
We used some blogging software for a while, with which we covered the
period from October 2007 right through to March 2009. Since then, as
you might already know, our occasional kite flying stories appear under
the 'what's new?' link near the top of the nav bar. See up there on the
This material is presented in reverse chronological order. The latest reports first, in other words...
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Our Earliest Kite Flying Stories
It all started in March 2007, when we came home from the local kite
festival. We had bought our toddler son a Baby Sled, so he could see a
flying kite on a more regular basis.
After that, we moved on to making and flying the 1-Skewer series
of small flat kites from bamboo BBQ skewers and freezer bag plastic.
For just a few cents each, these simple bamboo-and-plastic kites
provided an amazing amount of flying adventure. Some were failures, but
on the whole they did really well in moderate breezes. The air was
rarely smooth, but that just added to the fun!
Here are all the kite flying stories, with the latest posts listed first...
Archived Posts From Oct 2007
Archived Posts From Sep 2007
Archived Posts From Aug 2007
Archived Posts From Jul 2007
Archived Posts From Jun 2007
Archived Posts From May 2007
Archived Posts From Apr 2007
Archived Posts From Mar 2007
Also from this era, here are a couple of reports on some duration and altitude record-keeping...
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