Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Friends in the Country
Some of us are more brave than others! Don't kid yourself, it was not an easy task to climb to the top of my old windmill and tie it down.
I was looking through the old photos of when I first bought the farm and came across this photo. It was a very windy day when the windmill brake decided to come loose. The windmill would not stop turning around. Being a newcomer to the country lifestyle, I almost panicked at what to do about it. I called a newly acquainted country friend, and he came right over. He thought nothing about climbing up the steps to the top of this fast turning windmill. As you can see by the photo, the top of a windmill is not small.
The windmill is old and has been repaired a few times since then. But when something breaks loose on a very windy weekend day, you must rely on the generosity of neighbors and friends.
By the way, I couldn't resist altering the photo in photoshop to give the double image effect. I also had it framed, to give to him as a thank you gift.
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You have some very special friends who are prepared to do such death defying things in windy weather!I like what you have done in the photograph XReplyDelete
Even on a calm day, I wouldn't do it. It's amazing what some of the photo-shop programs can do with an ordinary photo.Delete
That is a superb photograph. It speaks volumes of the wonderful woman you are, that you have friends prepared to risk life and limb for you in wild windy conditions!ReplyDelete
I really can't do heights; actually that isn't true - I can go up but I can't get back down, I panic because of the height.
I can do heights, but not when it includes a windmill turning in the wind. Yes, he is a good friend. I spoke with him this morning and he is giving me advice on how to purchase two calves for the farm.ReplyDelete
Country neighbors are the best! I'm like Elaine. It's not so much the going up as the getting down. Kudos to you for the effort to keep it working.ReplyDelete
When I first started work on the farmhouse, my neighbors just showed up and mowed the entire property as a "house warming gift". The mowing took all day to complete. Early on, I learned it was important to listen to their advice and allow them to help when it is offered.Delete
Awesome photo - I am curious....what does the windmill power? You are one interesting woman!ReplyDelete
The farmhouse is connected to the county water, but the windmill does have a well. Thanks for the compliment. I must add that I find all my blogging friends interesting....that is why I follow their blogs. I've often wondered about the picture of the barn on your home page. I would love to hear more about your horses.Delete
The barn was designed and built by my husband's father. He built it by himself, along with his seven children to help around thirty years ago....it is a really neat design and one you don't see often...great loft inside! That is primarily why he designed it that way as they didn't have but one horse. Both my husband and myself love horses and have had to constrain ourselves to seven! Our situation is interesting as we live out there half the time and have a house in town half the time...I know that part is probably confusing to figure out by reading my blog! All holidays and weekends are spent out there but we stay in town so our girls won't be on the road all the time during school. It is close enought that I can check on everything during the week. Teenagers and country roads make for a dangerous mix and we were too nervous to take that chance. So there you go! Hope that helps my blog to make more sense...Delete
What a lovely neighbour you have, and what a lovely place to live! Our neighbours aren't like that at all, we mostly keep to ourselves which is a shame. The photo looks great xxxReplyDelete
On the flip side, it is difficult to be private in a small community. It seems everyone knows everyones' business....or at least, they think they do. I really did enjoy your post today.ReplyDelete