Our House in Totnes, Devon
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Although I had been taking KAP pictures since the summer of 2002, it wasn't until April 2003 that I managed to launch a kite from our garden. The first group of pictures on this page were taken from the garden of our house on April 17th, 18th and 23rd 2003, using my second rig and a Canon Ixus 2.1 Megapixel camera.
I've rarely been able to repeat the feat - the wind just doesn't blow in the right direction more than a coiple of days a year, and most of the time the trees have too much foliage for the wind to be steady and strong at ground level. However, I have managed to take other pictures by launching from a nearby car-park (on Sunday, when there hardly any cars). Some of these appear below.
||Our house and garden fill most of this picture. Leechwell Lane can be seen on the lower extreme right and I'm just visible at the extreme lower left. At this point I was using only half of the FlowForm's frilly tail - you can see the other half lying on the lawn between me and the porch.||
||This view shows just how tree-filled the neighbourhood is, and how unsuited to kite-flying! At the top right is a large eucalyptus (70 or 80 feet high). The dark slot running up the centre of the picture is Leechwell Lane. Jan and Suzie are sitting on deckchairs between the two cypress trees (it was from these trees that I suspended my first rig to take the photo of our house shown here).|
||Another view of most of our house showing the way Leechwell Lane, snaking down the middle of the picture, dictates the shape of the rear of our house. The lane is at least 500 years old while most of the house is less than 150 years old. The Leech Wells are visible at bottom centre.||
||A detailed view of the Leech Wells. A couple of steps make it easy to climb down into the pit which is about 18 inches deep. Spring water (from Dartmoor) enters the pit through the tree-covered wall that runs diagonally down from right to left, filling three rectangular troughs (two are clearly visible because they are dark - the third is between them).|
||Another view showing the way the wall of Leechwell Lane shapes and supports our house - and the vinery too.||
||In this picture I'm standing on our front lawn controlling the kite. The wind was more uneven at this point (April 23rd) and the camera often dropped 15 feet or so quite suddenly. I spent most of the time trying to prevent the line fouling trees or chimneys or the camera dropping onto a roof.|
The pictures below were taken from a nearby carpark while extensive building work was being done on our house. The work started in June 2003 and at the time I write this (August 2004) is still going on!