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Using natural energy is not a new thing. The Dutch in particular are well known for their ingenious use of wind energy.
Though the windmill was originally invented in Greece, It has been long associated with this flat land.
The Dutch have used wind power for all kinds of different things. The mill near our house is a sawmill.
Today it was hardly gardening weather and we had to go to the shops. On the way back we saw the sails turning so we took a soggy detour.
Lucky for us it was open day.
(Now the other day I posted about the mill and the way that they prepare trees for sawing as part of a post about trees. And fellow blogger solarbeez asked if I could share more about the mill. It made me think that the historically environmental could be interesting and that windmills are a great topic as there’s many here in The Netherlands.)
So the unsuitable-for-gardening weather was ideal for the task.
And Solarbeez asked for a video to see the workings of the mill. so here you go.
<a href="http://“>The Salamander Sawmill, Leidschendam
The mill location originally had a mill built in 1643 but after a huge fire in 1773 a significant part of the structure was destroyed.
The mill passed through the hands of a number of wood handlers and was modernised in the nineteenth century.
In recent times the mill eventually closed in 1953 and fell into a state of serious disrepair.
But in 1985 a society was formed to renovate and repair the mill. It took until 1995 to realise the plan for reconstruction.
It is now used to cut traditional timber for a range of uses and individuals can arrange to have tree trunks sawn too.
Now, though the mill is thatched, efforts are made to protect it at key times. The Dutch firework frenzy in New Year’s Eve being one. The fire brigade shower the thatch with water to protect it.
I hope this is useful.
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