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The Unity Windmill


This ends my series of pics from Weesp, where Donica works, a 10-minute train ride east from Amsterdam, Holland. 

There were two windmills, side by side, that I saw in Weesp.  I've already shown you 3 posts of De Vriendschap ( = Friendship), a grain mill from 1900.

This one is De Eendragt ( = Unity), a saw mill from 1691.
This one now is actually someone's home!

Which comes first, Friendship or Unity?  Hmmm.  Whichever, we sure could use a lot of both in our world today!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


The Unity Windmill


This ends my series of pics from Weesp, where Donica works, a 10-minute train ride east from Amsterdam, Holland. 

There were two windmills, side by side, that I saw in Weesp.  I've already shown you 3 posts of De Vriendschap ( = Friendship), a grain mill from 1900.

This one is De Eendragt ( = Unity), a saw mill from 1691.
This one now is actually someone's home!

Which comes first, Friendship or Unity?  Hmmm.  Whichever, we sure could use a lot of both in our world today!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (36)

  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Oct 2007, 00:05
I imagine it would be fun living in a windmill. I like the processing you have done Ginnie. Will be sad to see the end of Weesp thanks for sharing this beautiful village with us all. smile wink
Ginnie Hart: Can you imagine being a kid and someone asking where you live! "Oh, I live in the windmill on River Street!" HA! Well, you'll see an Amsterdam windmill tomorrow, Tracy, so chin up. smile But I agree with you, Weesp really made me happy. Thanks.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 18 Oct 2007, 00:28
I like this one the best. Great tones and a slightly brooding atmosphere. Works for me!
Ginnie Hart: So glad you like it, Martin. I was hoping it wouldn't be a let-down! Thanks.
  • Stan
  • 18 Oct 2007, 00:48
This is a nice shot. Despite numerous visits to The Netherlands, I don't have a windmill shot i'm particularly proud of....yet
Ginnie Hart: Some day, Stan, you'll get your shot, I promise. smile Thanks.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 18 Oct 2007, 01:02
This one has very elegant lines, Ginnie, and you have presented it dramatically.

I wonder if the building creaks and groans loudly when it is windy? If so, you would have to be a sound sleeper to enjoy this as a home.
Ginnie Hart: Gotta get the earplugs out, Ray, unless the creaks and groans have the same effect as rain. How wonderful would THAT be! Thank you, kind sir.
Nice dramatic shot Ginnie. Do people live in these - aren't they noisy?
Ginnie Hart: Most of the windmills I have seen thus far are museum pieces, Chris, but when I asked, I found out that this one is someone's home. Thanks.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 18 Oct 2007, 02:28
wow! it's someones home? I have really enjoyed your series. I cannot wait to see what you have next.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Rags. Thank you kindly. Tomorrow you'll actually see an Amsterdam windmill. Couldn't leave it out. smile
  • Helen
  • Albuquerque, NM, United States
  • 18 Oct 2007, 02:38
Awesome. Someday I will get to visit Holland and see this for myself. As for friendship and unity ... I believe they arrive on the same train.
Ginnie Hart: I like how you said that, Helen. "They arrive on the same train." Thanks.
Very nice! Wouldn't you just love to live in a windmill?
Ginnie Hart: I think it would be a grand experience. I wonder if anyone has made a hotel out of one. Wouldn't THAT be a nice experience. I bet it would be booked the entire year!! Thanks, Karen.
Nice one Gennie, i like the processing.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sarthak.
  • alex
  • United States
  • 18 Oct 2007, 06:20
nice windmill, ginnie. i'm back, sorry for the long absence!
Ginnie Hart: So good to have you back, Alex. And thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 18 Oct 2007, 07:04
This is my favourite mill! I'm so fascinated that the 'Nederlanders' name their mills like persons, especially with terms of civil virtues and rights which are highly appreciated in this democratic, for tolerance and freedom since centuries fighting country. The loveliest terms I ever found in a list of Dutch mills are "De Liefde" ("Love"), "De Hoop" and "Wereldvreden" ("Worldpeace"). I wish that these mills -virtues are always running in storm and rain, in sun and bright weather! A very nice pic, I like the procession you have done!
Ginnie Hart: I am totally mesmerized by the naming of these mills, Philine. YES. You're so right. Thanks.
A great photograph to end this excellent series. I like the drama of this shot. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much, Roz.
  • Judy
  • United States
  • 18 Oct 2007, 07:24
Ginnie - This photo visit to Weesp only makes one want to actually visit! As you always do - thanks for taking us along so beautifully!!!
Ginnie Hart: You're such a sweetie-pie, Judy. I always love it when you visit me here. Thank you.
Thanks for the education, I agree this is the best of the series.
Ginnie Hart: So glad you like it, Nigel, because I was hoping it wouldn't be a let-down after all that color. Thanks.
Classic!
Ginnie Hart: I guess you would know, Wim. Thanks! smile
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 18 Oct 2007, 09:21
Lovely, we have a windmill like that not far from were I live and there's a family living in it. They have done a total make over inside.
Ginnie Hart: Wouldn't you love to go inside, Frida! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
Love the monochrome here Ginnie, the composition and the Mill itself looks great.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Sesan.
A little too dark that then looses some of the enchanting qualities of this shot but cool grin
Ginnie Hart: Gotta mix it up for you, Suby, you know! After all those days of bright colors, I needed to pull down the shades. smile Thanks.
  • Les Auld
  • Southport in the sun
  • 18 Oct 2007, 11:03
An interesting series on weesp, like the processing on some of the images, and I don't think you can go wrong with windmills either, well seen.
Ginnie Hart: As far as I'm concerned, Les, no one can ever go wrong with windmills. smile Thank you kindly.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 18 Oct 2007, 11:46
Ginnie. this is a great picture. Framed well and processed to perfection. I like the darkness because it creates a silhouette type effect. There is an old wooden windmill very close to my house here in Germany. I can see it from my balcony. I consider it my eye candy. Few wooden ones are still functional, I think.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Kathryn. Having a windmill close to my house to be seen every day would be eye candy for me as well! Thanks.
  • rem_la
  • France
  • 18 Oct 2007, 12:15
superbe !!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly for stopping by and commenting, rem la.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 18 Oct 2007, 13:09
With friendship you have unity. Unity can override friendship. Getting anywhere?

Excellent mono - windmills do make excellent pictures and silhouettes.
Ginnie Hart: Yup. I see where you're going, Louis, and I agree! Thanks.
I love this one, nice choice for B&W
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Chantal.
Like the mood of this shot Ginnie and what a fantastic place to live.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Bernie. Thanks.
Still looking for Don Quichotte ? smilesmilesmile
Ginnie Hart: Oh, yes, Flo. Always! smile
The Weesp tourist board should use this series Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: Awww. You are so very kind, Bill. Thank you.
I like the subtle tinting (or tinting effect) richard.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Richard. I appreciate that.
  • Magnus
  • Norway
  • 18 Oct 2007, 20:11
I like this one best Ginnie,
Great contrast against the sky, like the pattern on the.. ehh...wings?
I think i could live here smile
Ginnie Hart: I think I could as well, Magnus! Thanks.
Nice image. Great contrast. fab in black and white. All the best, Dave.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Dave.
  • chris
  • Somewhere south of the border!
  • 18 Oct 2007, 21:31
Both are needed in huge quantities Ginnie, lovely image again.
Ginnie Hart: You're so right, Chris. Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Oct 2007, 21:38
Ginnie, this is how a windmill should look, brave in the wind and Vriendschap en Eendragt is very important, it realy comes together as twins! When you visit we'll see one 'working', it will be nice smile
Ginnie Hart: I can hardly wait! Thanks, Astrid.
I just love this image, Ginnie, and I'm adding it to my likeys.
Ginnie Hart: You honor me, Red Pen. Thank you!
I like these mills! In this photo, you have surrounded to the mill in a very dramatic scene!
Ginnie Hart: I love the mills as well, Jose. They are very soulful to me. Thanks.
This is just lovely Ginnie. My favorite of the series. I would love to live in something like this!
Ginnie Hart: Wouldn't that be a wonder, Jewlya! So glad you like it. Thanks.
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 22 Oct 2007, 04:55
Beautiful framing, Ginnie. This one is definitely a likey for me!
Ginnie Hart: And this was one I almost didn't post because of all the brighter ones the days before. Glad I didn't second-guess it. Thank you so much, Kay.
I just love this shot Ginnie! I guess it still makes me long to live there...
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, ET. Maybe one day you will get your wish! I hope so.

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