Sometimes things that are very sophisticated can be created very simply, without expensive materials – so long as you have a little imagination. Four Fothergills under one roof certainly means no lack of imagination, and I have two examples of this from a weekend at home with my family – a weekend of much jabbering, excitement and creativity – a magic spark happens when we all get together! My mum’s birthday was one reason for our gathering and she ummed and erred about what we should do together for the day, before settling on Kite-making, further to her holiday experiments.
Not an entirely normal thing to do, I know. But we like a challenge… and kite-making takes not only imagination, but also some physics! Oh, and a lot of determination. But more on that later. Here we all are gluing, taping, and binding pieces of bamboo/doweling/thin pieces of molding together for our chosen kite designs, thanks to some instructions and advice from my more kite-experience mother (apart from dad, who used google to make a box kite, but he just always has to be different).
For something which took less than 20 minutes to bung together (it was definitely a ‘bung’ job!) it wasn’t half bad! Quite the simple, naughty way to recreate a sophisticated party piece. I added some gelatine to the angel delight to help it hold together… and I like my personal touch of mixing chocolate among the jam swiss rolls! It tasted like kids’ party food… but then surely a pudding of this nature will always have that kind of feel, whether made with 12-egg posh custard or a packet mix?
Speaking of skies however… eventually the heavens opened and we realised that the wind we had found was carrying a storm… so after fun with kites & our friend Chloe for company we trudged home in the most enormous downpour, with thunder rumbling above us.
But I was ecstatic. Why? Because I did it… sheer determination, helped by my long nails for unpicking & retying knots of string, meant that I finally got my kite into the air! And for a good amount of time before the storm started. But not long enough…
Here is my warning to you… this business is seriously addictive. The frustrating time fiddling with string in the mud made the end result so much more exuberant. Similarly, a 20 minute walk through a storm made drying out by the fire, with beer and dressing-gowns and take-away, all the more satisfying.