Did you know pretty much the entire Netherlands is below sea level? This area is 4 meters below sea level. It used to be a giant swamp and they made elaborate system of canals and dams to drain water to certain areas and allow others to dry out. They actually built a 30km dam on the east side of the county blocking the south sea from the north sea. The South sea has since become entirely fresh water and is actually considered a lake now.
These windmills were used to pump water out of the lower areas and into the higher ones. There are many still in use today that are hundreds of years old. They produce oil, are used fot sawmills, to grind coffee and spices among other things.
I'm actually standing on the balcony of a working windmill in this photo from the 16th century. The invention of the windmill internals was also the first crankshaft ever made
I was lucky enough to be at the Australian War Memorial on Sunday for a wonderful performance of Waltzing Matilda (skilfully blended with Tom Traubert’s Blues), by the legendary John Schumman (and friends).
The combination of iconic song, instantly recognisable Aussie voice, swaying gum trees, cockatoo calls, and the moving occasion, was reeeeaaaally something… (with extra something on top) ...and just a part of a very thought-provoking day...
(I may or may not have already penned several introspective pages re same since... as I am wont to do... but will spare you all of that overly contemplative stuff... 🤔⏳✒️📖🖌💭😊).
The accompanying image was actually taken several years ago, in country Victoria, but it seemed rather fitting for all of the above, and for the associated thought processes as well. 🇦🇺
Hope everyone has had a wonderful week and Happy Friday to you all.