Barbecue and kites at Clovelly beach. Sydney, NSW, Australia

I don’t really care about the Christmas season in a religious sense, but I do enjoy any excuse to get together with friends and there’s nothing like an Aussie Christmas at the beach!

from bottom left clockwise. Stuart, Mai, Engogirl and Ollie

I haven’t been able to catch up with many of my friends since before I left for my Asian trip in September.  So I jumped at the invitation from Stuart and Mai to go to a barbecue at Clovelly here in Sydney. Stuart owns a yacht charter company and surf tour company in Indonesia and is overseas quite often and Mai is an artist who has been very busy working on her next show so I haven’t seen them for a while. If you’d like to see some of Mai’s latest work, click here.

Mai

Clovelly is a lovely little family beach, nestled in a small cove between Coogee Beach and Bronte Beach.  I particularly like Clovelly, as it doesn’t tend to be very crowded, and the people who go there seem quite mellow and relaxed.  Another thing about Clovelly that I really like is that it has very good free barbecue facilities.  I just think it’s great that I live in a society where the government provides cooking areas for people to have barbecues on electric hot plates, completely free of charge.  

Since there are usually sea breezes on the coast, my wife and I took our kites in the hope that we would be able to give them a bit of fly.  We weren’t disappointed as there was a good breeze. 

It’s quite amazing how many people actually enjoy flying kites.  Quite a few people stopped to watch and they all had smiles on their faces. 

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 I think kites bring out the kid in us all.  In the picture below, of my wife and Stuart, you can see that the wind at times was strong enough that two people had to hang onto the kite string.

Engogirl and Stuart

This beautiful double star kite, my wife and I made together, based on a design we got off the Internet requires a fairly decent wind to fly well.

1.5m wide double star kite