Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A Windmill for Wednesday

Just don't see enough of these old beauties any more.
 This one might still be operational, by the looks of the pipes and cisterns.
 Well, hello there, Ms. Longhorn!
Linking to Rurality BlogHop

141 comments:

Catherine said...

We had a windmill on our farm when I was growing up. Every once in awhile I see one and I remember my childhood. Great capture!
xo Catherine

MarmePurl said...

So cool that it operational.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

It's so elegant in addition to being practical! Nice photos! I love your Texas scenery and wildlife!

Mike said...

Hmmmm. Perhaps I might build a mock-up of these beauties to go with my barn. IF I can remember. ;)

georgettesullins said...

Rick and I were amazed when one "went up" down the road within the last year or two. They will always be in "style".

Jill said...

What a great find!

Dianna said...

I'm glad you pointed her out: I may have missed her, staring at the windmill. We just don't have those "round here" - windmills NOR longhorns!

Dicky Bird said...

If it works or if it doesn't still cool.

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

Cool picture Tex! I want a windmill for the Tiny Ten, just for show.. :) Ms Longhorn was an extra treat

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

so cool. neat set-up. usually the most i see is just the windmill not all that extra jazz. cool!

the last shot is not coming through, wonder why? ( :

EG CameraGirl said...

Ah! I love it when I see these still working!

EM Illustrator said...

Nice pictures of that windmill.

Flat Creek Farm said...

Love windmills, and your pictures are wonderful as always. I especially love the longhorn peeking through.. perfect! Somehow our windmill turned up damaged yesterday (strong winds). I am very very sad :( It will be fixed! :)

Janey and Co. said...

Saw lots of those wind turbines on a recent trip...but this old fashioned windmill is still my favorite!....and being a Texan...a little partial to that longhorn too!

Sandra said...

this is the only one i have ever seen that still works. i see old ones, this one looks in great shape.. we may need these one day, so it is good they still know how to work them... and you know how much i love longhorns

DJan said...

It's a nice looking old windmill. :-)

Rose said...

I don't know for sure that I have ever seen one that was actually working...

Daryl said...

it really is beautiful

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

A windmill like that sure adds to the beauty of a rural landscape.

Kate said...

I absolutely love these artifacts of the past and rejoice when I see a few working ones.

Fireblossom said...

If I had an admirer, I would make him go there and tilt at it, to defend my honor!

Allison said...

I love them, too. The epitome of grass roots America. :)

Yamada Miyako said...

Dearest Theresa,
Oh, the windmill is still used or operational! I had a lovely bed time smile with your "Ms. longhorn". Some of them are there, may not wild ones.

Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan to my American photographer friend, xoxo Miyako*

Sally said...

Love it!

xoxo

Linda said...

I love seeing these old windmills...even the dilapidated, no-longer-functioning ones. They're so picturesque.

Debbie said...

hehe....BUT when you do see one you know you are in for a treat!!

the alpaca farm a stalk has one, great find her theresa!!

Friend of HK said...

It goes well with the scenery~ Very pretty picture.

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

I remember as a kid, riding through rural parts of the midwest and seeing windmills everywhere. You're right, we don't see many anymore. Loving that longhorn!

Pierre BOYER said...

I love such pictures...
Best regards from France,

Pierre

Primitive Stars said...

How pretty, enjoy seeing a Windmill that works, Blessings Francine.

rainfield61 said...

Old but useable.

Are you talking about me?

Molly The Wally said...

Yes we see you Mr.Longhorn. The windmills are charming. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Best wishes Molly

MarkD60 said...

I've been looking at water tanks like the one on the right to collect rainwater. I like you setup!

grammie g said...

Hi Teresa... This is a great one, and that it might in working order..wonderful!!
Almost missed Ms. Longhorn ; ]
Grace

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Hanne Bente said...

Nice pictures you show with windmills :)

Buttons said...

Oh Tex I love those windmills we have a few around here but I do not remember seeing any longhorns:) B

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Hahah! You just can't escape those bulls!

Kjell T. Evensen said...

Great to see this windmill is still working.

Kerri said...

Oh, it is a GREAT one!!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I saw quite a few windmills on our little Iowa run a few weeks ago. I don't know if they were operational or not. Nice photo with a longhorn, too!

Susan said...

Wow, what a cool windmill! You are right, you don't see them much anymore.

Breathtaking said...

It makes a nice photo.We haven't any like those where I live.

Beth said...

There are still quite a few of those in the countryside around here. The wind farms are making them obsolete.

Great shot!

Lisa Sall - Sall's Country Life said...

You don't see working ones very often!
They all blew to pieces in this country!

Lynne said...

Love the look of a windmill . . . Great pictures!

Birdman said...

A classic shot.

MTWaggin said...

I agree I love seeing windmills and have a mini one in my backyard!

MTWaggin said...

I agree I love seeing windmills and have a mini one in my backyard!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I've seen more in disrepair than those actually working. Good subject for another meme - Windmill Wednesday.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Most of the ones I see are rusted relics. This one appears to be in good shape. Great submission for the blog hop!

Lois Evensen said...

Love it! I remember seeing at least one of these on every farm as we traveled the two lane roads when I was a kid. We saw ONE on our recent trip to Virginia and I commented on it when we passed that they are so rare now.

Furry Bottoms said...

No you don't see those anymore. There's a couple near where I live, because the surrounding areas are abandoned lonely farms. They're a thing of the past, sadly!

Jan n Jer said...

Very nice shot...I love windmills

Jo's World said...

We have plenty of wind and plenty of those new modern turbines, but like most of these writers, I love the old ones too. I love the noise they make when there is just enough wind, and how they look on the farm.

Jo

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

You're right...you don't see many of these anymore. Especially working ones. Great shot of this. It brings back memories of the one we had when I lived on the farm.

Montanagirl said...

I really like these old windmills too. Now in a lot of places there's those huge wind generators scarring up the countryside. Not nearly as much eye appeal as the old windmills.

Small City Scenes said...

Nice looking windmill and it does look like a working one. We have a few out this way. MB

don said...

I like your shot of this "working" windmill. I wish more of the old windmills could be restored to running shape even if not actually pumping.

Brian King said...

I do like the windmills! They're becoming so rare and we don't have them here with our terrain. I do occasionally see the smaller, ornamental versions, but those don't count. LOL!

Leave It To Davis said...

I'd love to have windmill in our back yard. I see small ones at HEB ever so often for sale, but they want over $100 for them. There is a big one down the road where it's not country anymore and they moved the farm house and barn out...left the windmill and the property is for sale for commercial so it is lonely...wish there was some way to get it to my back yard, but I'd bet that would cost a fortune to get it hauled here. Sad. (but I still want it....your picture, not the windmil....well, the windmill, too)

Ailime said...

Lindas fotos! Aqui próximo também tenho o prazer de observar moinhos assim! São lindos. Abraço. Ailime

David P. King said...

You certainly don't, but it's good to meet you! :)

Sylvia K said...

I love windmills! Great shots!

Paula said...

Oh~ that is awesome! I would love to have a windmill... *sigh*...

Marie said...

It's a wonderful windmill!!!!

Linda R said...

What a great old windmill.. I just got some shots of one on a winery in solvang.

Great shots once again my friend.

Hugs~

Becca said...

I just love those old windmills...I tried to catch a few shots of them while zipping down I-40 when we drove across country to visit family one summer.

parker said...

Nothing like a cool drink of water from a windmill on a Hot Texas day! Good pics, including my favorite horned bovine friend!

Stephanie said...

It's great that it is still working. Like the longhorn.

Michaele said...

Come to the Nebraska sand hills if you want to see more : ) Great photos of them.

Betty Manousos said...

this is a wonderful windmill!
great shots!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Definitely a beauty! I love windmills. I love cows, too, so I was happy to see Ms. Longhorn peeking out from behind :)

edenhills said...

I love windmills!

Raggedy Creations said...

Nice. Love the cow peeking through the bars.

Felicia

Jeanne said...

There are a few of these in operation nearby and it always reminds me of how spoiled we are.
Yes, we could still be self sufficient if necessary.
Great shots!

Red said...

These old beauties have left us because they unfortunately became obsolete. It's hard to tell if this one is still in use.

Kerry said...

I wonder if these are making a come-back? They're so cool, and make a lot of sense.

Daniel LaFrance said...

I fear most and no longer operation. So it is a treat to see them when they are. Great find!

Tracey from ⓽ said...

We only have one local windmill that I know of and I am pretty darn sure it doesn't work. I wouldn't want to meet that longhorn in a bad mood!

nic.b van es said...

dat ziet er nog heel goed uit.

Łucja-Maria said...

Everything but the pictures are very nice.
I like.
Lucia

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

No windmills out here. I think they're so neat.

Lynda said...

I like seeing that one - - such a nice comfortable contrast to the new "propeller" windmills that are providing power.

FOREST SNAPPER said...

We dont get many old windmill here now only those dam great wind turbine's for electric.......If i see any, i will take a photo and post it.




peter

Muffy's Marks said...

I love windmills, I could sit and watch them all day.

Martie said...

Just returned from my second cataract operation. Was wondering what the windmill is used for. Pumping water?

Barbara said...

I love windmills! We have one but right now it's lying on its side while we try to decide where to put it. It will be functional. Have you been to the windmill museum in Lubbock?

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
Great windmill photo and the curious Ms. Longhorn is funny too.
Hugs,
Mariette

Linda/patchwork said...

We have a few windmills around here. They're still used, where there's no electricity to run a pump to draw water for the livestock.

There's something appealing about a windmill.

Paula said...

Good windmill picture. We still have a lot of them down here but some have parts missing and not functional any longer.

Bob Bushell said...

Ms Longhorn is looking at you and at the windmill, are you trying to steal it???????????

Taylor-Made Ranch said...

Great shots of the windmill AND Ms. Longhorn - two Texas treasures! ~TMR~

Robin Lamb said...

T, these things are so stereotypical of the prairies and the west! Most don't seem to be operational anymore. I think this one is!

Fábio Martins said...

Ohh, i saw a cow :-)

Farm Girl said...

I love windmills. I also like Longhorns.

Candy C. said...

It does look like it's still in use! We have quite a few windmills around here still. The new thing though is solar power instead of wind...just not quite as picturesque. ;)

HansHB said...

A great serie of photos!

bailey-road.com said...

What a lovely structure! I like the longhorns in the background too!

Karen said...

Beautiful photo of the windmill against the sky. I always wanted one of these to say goodbye to high electricity rates. Love the shy longhorn! xoxo

Deb said...

I love windmills...love Mr. Longhorn....

Judy said...

Not too many around here working anymore, mostly broken.

Sandy said...

There is an operational windmill near my property down south. I love it!

DIMI said...

Wonderful windmill Tex!Great pictures!Hope you have a nice day!
Dimi..

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Judging by the PVC piping (certainly not original), I suspect you are correct, good to see it's being taken care of.

We have a few around these parts, one of which I'm pretty sure is still running (at least the vanes are moving)

Sketchbook Wandering said...

These are iconic...what I have associated with Texas & Oklahoma since childhood.

Ayu Maselli said...

Dearest Theresa, beautiful windmill, I have never seen before in my life, here we collect water from the rain;).

Ellie said...

You are right we don't see many windmills like that anymore. How cool to have one though!

Andrew said...

So wonderful to see... we are covering our beauty spots with massive modern wind farms tho.
Not so nice to see.

wayside wanderer said...

LOOOOOVE!

Ian Holland said...

If the cost of power goes up much more, you may see a comeback!

Karen said...

I've always loved those windmills!

eileeninmd said...

Love the windmill! I would like a miniature one for my yard.

Deanna said...

Most of the windmills in these parts are in tatters like many of the barns. Terrific that this is in good working order.

Maple Lane said...

John has always wanted a windmill. Love the cows in the background.

Cloudia said...

Water? You are making me love Texas!



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Inger said...

They look so Texas to me, and with the longhorn added, they are just perfect.

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I don't ever see any in my neck of the world- windmills, that is. See plenty of moos- longhorn and others.

Michelle said...

You are right!

Larry Ostby said...

NICE... Haven't seen one of these in a long time. Thanks T.

Haddock said...

A welcome sight. I just love them .... anything that has to do with harnessing power from nature.

Andy Wilson said...

Windmill Wednesday. Great title.

Barb Brookbank said...

I didn't see the longhorn either - thanks for pointing her out!

Randy said...

I like the old gate too.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Windmills really are becoming a lost treasure--I love seeing them!!

SweetMarie said...

What a beauty! I like Ms Longhorn too! Great photos!

Black Jack's Carol said...

Oh, TexWis, so many to catch up with and this one, with the charming windmills (working, yet!) and especially with the Longhorn, is an absolute winner! Warning about my post: maybe just check out the eagle section.

Nancy Claeys said...

The ones around here get so beat up by the wind. Usually just the tower left standing.

Jeevan said...

Even I haven’t seen this model of windmills for long time here. Nowadays windmills are more used for producing electric. Simply beautiful photos :)

missing moments said...

I love old windmills. Remember having one on our farm way back when.

Pat Tillett said...

I remember our windmill and well as a kid. I always thought it was pretty cool. I also remember the outhouse. Not so cool...

Marissa said...

That is awesome - there is a smaller (probably more for decoration) windmill at Tractor Supply that I always admire every time I go there. I've always loved windmills.

pattisjarrett said...

I like those windmills.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The ones I do see ever any more or broken down remnants...this one definitely does look like it is still operating!

Madge Bloom said...

LOVE it, looks like rains'a comin'... Thank you for joining in 'Rurality Blog Hop #3' Hope to see you next Wednesday for #4...

Chatty Crone said...

I love to see the windmills working on a breezy hot day.

susan@avintagefarmwife said...

Love these pics!

Jori said...

Love,love windmills!

Carletta said...

I wish I had a windmill - working or not.
Ms. Longhorn added a nice Texas touch to this shot. :)

SandyCarlson said...

Amazing, what these things can accomplish.

bon bon said...

nice captures! i like the guy playing peek-a-boo too.

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