Apr 24, 2013

Windmill Nr. 6

Filed under: Expressions,netherlands,Home,suburbia — Tags: , — Kay @ 9:51 am

Mill

Typically Dutch scenery and a perfectly normal, every-day view to me. So normal I hardly even register it anymore.

This is Windmill Nr. 6 in Haastrecht—a small, cozy village nearby the village I grew up in and only a stone’s throw away from the edge of Gouda, where I currently live. It’s a so-called ‘bosom mill‘. Its function is to level water by pumping high water from one area (polder) to low water in another.

I snapped this shot as I walked around the premises of Bisdom van Vliet—a museum that appears to have no English website for me to link to—on one of the first beautiful spring days of the year (de dag die je wist dat zou komen). I had my camera dangling around my neck like a tourist at Piccadilly circus.

It wasn’t until I transferred photos from my camera to my pc that I noticed something unusual: the windmill has sails! Somehow it had been restored and it now has sails, something it didn’t have when I was growing up. Googled it and quickly learned the restoration took place in 2010. I’ll go hide in shame now.

Goes to show that it pays to walk around the place you grew up in and look at the views around you with the eye of a tourist now and then.

 

Afraid it’s genetic. He doesn’t notice sails on mills either, he just loves to run and climb.

Jayden-14-04-13


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    7 Comments »

    1. 1

      Beautiful picture! Thank you for sharing!!
      I have lived in the same place since 1986. In those many years, there have been many changes. There is a place neer me that has undergone many changes, and I am ashamed to say I took it for granted when it was at it’s best. It is known as the Carlsbad Flower Fields today, before that incarnation, it was a farm that produced Ranunculus bulbs. A beautiful flower that has a multitude of colors. When my kids were little I would take them to the farms and we were allowed to walk about as long as we didn’t disturb the flowers all for free. I have pictures of my kids walking through the fields. Every time we drove down to San Diego from Oceanside where we lived, we would pass by this farm on the 5 Freeway. In front of the farm was a hotel/restaurant called Pea Soup Anderson’s and ironically it had a large (several stories tall) windmill that mechanically turned. It was a beautiful site when all the flowers were in bloom. You could see rows of different colors of flowers with the windmill in front.
      The farm was sold to a grower, who still allowed us to wonder free. Then the grower either went under or sold the fields to the city of Carlsbad, because the city valued the view of the flowers from the highway and thus began it current commercial tourist life. A much smaller field that charges money to now tour the fields. Parts of the land was turned into Legoland, Carlsbad, several resort hotels, restaurants, shopping center and a brewery is on it.. Oh and Pea s Soup Anderson’s is no longer, it is now a Best Western with a Windmill and a TGIF chain for a restaurant. The view of the field themselves is somewhat intact as far as the highway is concern except now it is slightly obscured by car dealerships and the shopping center and resturants. The land not seen by the highway is what was developed in the front and behind the ridge. It is the hillside facing the highway that has the flowers. I’ve included a hyperlink if you care to look at it.
      http://www.theflowerfields.com/
      http://www.theflowerfields.com/history-page
      That’s progress for you!  :(

      Cynthia C. on Apr 24, 2013 @ 11:31 am Reply
    2. 2

      Beautiful! 

      Cathi on Apr 24, 2013 @ 12:20 pm Reply
    3. 3

      I grew up in Southern California. Thank you for sharing. Had passed this many time in my younger days. for over 20 years now I have lived 15 minutes from the gates of Yosemite National ParCan what a beautiful place to live and I am so grateful that my family and I were so blessed to be living here. The town in which I live has grow so much and I am sad to see all the latest changes. 
      As you have said progress!!

      Leisa Den Beste on Apr 24, 2013 @ 1:30 pm Reply
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      I grew up in Southern California. Thank you for sharing. Had passed this many times in my younger days. For over 20 years now I have lived 15 minutes from the gates of Yosemite National ParK, what a beautiful place to live and I am so grateful that my family and I were so blessed to be living here. The town in which I live has grow so much and I am sad to see all the latest changes. 
      As you have said progress!!

      Leisa Den Beste on Apr 24, 2013 @ 1:33 pm Reply
    5. 5

      What beautiful pictures thank you for sharing!!!

      Jan warner on Apr 24, 2013 @ 8:55 pm Reply
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      Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures. I have always wanted to visit the Netherlands.

      Pam on Jun 6, 2013 @ 9:49 pm Reply
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      Thanks for the photo. I was just visiting Holland and admiring the old windmills. I was surprised to see them overshadowed by gigantic energy mills. When you drive from Amsterdam to Brussells, you mainly see these giant fans. Also, when you fly from Schipol to London, you see clusters of modern mills in the water. Like a science fiction movie. Anyway, it is fortunate that someone cares enough to renovate and maintain the old mills.

      George Gurdjieff on Jun 9, 2013 @ 8:16 pm Reply

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