I just rediscovered these photos on my phone and thought I’d put them into a little blog post as it was a lovely day that I definitely want to remember.
Back in the summer, I had a dad-and-daughter day with Papa LilliesandLove and we decided to go and visit an old windmill which was open to visitors for the day.
Windmills are such beautiful structures and so many of them are being left to decay and ruin; I think it’s a real shame, so a donation to have a look around inside seemed like a great way to spend a lazy, sunny afternoon with my Dad.
This particular windmill is no longer in use, however, it does still function so they use it a few times a year to ensure it doesn’t stiffen up and, by all accounts, it still creates good quality flour! I know it’s stupid, but I still find it astonishing that over 100-years ago people built these mills with their intricate systems of lever, cogs and pulleys – I wouldn’t be able to do it, that’s for sure!
I know life moves on and so does industry, but it’s such an awful shame to see wonderful buildings like this being left to fall apart. We should preserve as much of our heritage as is possible – traditions, countryside and buildings alike – as it is all so special and helped us on our journey to become the people we are today.