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The Scale of Things


Remember De Vlijt ( = Diligence) windmill in Wageningen, Netherlands?

Inside it's a working mill, grinding grain and selling its wares.


Happy Birthday to my son, Mark (35 today).


The Scale of Things


Remember De Vlijt ( = Diligence) windmill in Wageningen, Netherlands?

Inside it's a working mill, grinding grain and selling its wares.


Happy Birthday to my son, Mark (35 today).


comments (60)

  • Leanne
  • Australia
  • 6 Oct 2010, 00:21
now that is what you call a scale! nice processing.
Ginnie Hart: We don't see them like this any more, do we, Leanne! Thanks.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 6 Oct 2010, 02:02
Superb composition here, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Ray.
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 6 Oct 2010, 02:31
Happy Birthday to your son !

Nice vintage feel of an area long gone...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Sidney. We don't see scales like this any more, for sure.
Nice shot Ginnie. I know this is inside the windmill. But I can remember very similar shops in England, where everything was scooped, weighed and bagged as requested, with only the most popular items being pre-baggged by the shop-keeper. In the days before tins were common, and freezers were unheard of.
Ginnie Hart: Places like this blow me away, Sheila. I feel so lucky to see them here...a few of them ARE still working and actually operating as shops. So fun. Thanks.
  • Liang
  • USA
  • 6 Oct 2010, 06:08
your use of textures on these images just gets better and better. smile
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart to say so, Liang. Thank you!
  • Kala
  • United States
  • 6 Oct 2010, 06:08
Excellent composition and post processing to give it that "old time" feel. And happy birthday to your son.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you on both counts, Lala. smile
Frozen in time. Beautiful composition. A+ VAL smile
Ginnie Hart: It is definitely a time-piece, Valérie. smile Merci.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 6 Oct 2010, 06:30
Oh yes: this is absolutely full of atmosphere Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. Whenever these mills are open, we make sure we go in! smile
  • Scotia
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Oct 2010, 07:03
Superb title Ginnie perfect composition and processing.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Scotia.
Great stuff, I love places like this. Happy Birthday to Mark
Ginnie Hart: Thank you on both counts, Bill. I LOVE these old mills and go inside whenever they are open!
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 6 Oct 2010, 07:41
Seen better days, just like me smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I know that feeling, Tony. smile
  • grapf
  • Germany
  • 6 Oct 2010, 07:52
another journey into former times, where these analog scales were used. It's are not too far away, but far enough to find it remarkable.
You've done a good job with your treatment, Ginnie! smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Grapf. I think we all take a walk down Memory Lane when we see such things! Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 6 Oct 2010, 08:35
Yes, thanks to your wonderful processing skills I can feel the atmosphere of former times as the millers worked very hard - I see the flour sacks - de oude waag - but therfe might be many things whose names I don't know! Do you know the wonderful book "Krabat" written by Otfried Preußler(also set into film)- loving the mills very much you should read it- unbedingt!
Ginnie Hart: I'll have to put that book on my list, Philine...but in English? I do love these mills, very much, as you know, yes. Hartstikke bedankt.
continued in this interesting set of photos, this one ix exelent in frame and vertical presentation
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind Fabrizio. Grazie.
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 6 Oct 2010, 09:15
i loved seeing inside the windmill I visited. Nice composition and processing.
No pic for me today, have been flat out trying to catch up with my wall painting.
Ginnie Hart: We try to go into everyone that's open, Aussie, which isn't that many. Grab the opportunity whenever you can! I'm glad you had your own chance. Please doe voorzichtig...take care of yourself and follow your flow!
I find flour/corn mills always interesting with or without wind (operation).
Ginnie Hart: I do, too, Chad. They never cease to amaze me!
Fan of your very special creamy chocolate (or is it latte) tone, turns everything into superb timeless images with paper textures, here i can feel the old mill shop smells, yum !
Ginnie Hart: I love the way you have described this, Karine. Thank you! smile
Fantastic to see all this Ginnie,great image and I love the texture smile
Ginnie Hart: These mills are so soulful to me, Linda, as you know by now. It's an extra treat if ever we can also go inside! Thank you.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 6 Oct 2010, 10:56
They look big enough to get my weight.good photo Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: HA! I'm guessing you and Ginny could easily fit on one together, Vintage! grin Thanks.
Is it still a working mill?
I would like to see the windmill working. smile

Happy birthday to your son!
Are you baking him a nice cake?
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, LC. This is the interior store that sells its wares...lots of flours and cornmeal mixtures. It's pure delight to see a mill working. Quite an education!

My son lives in Atlanta, so, no, I will not be baking him a cake. But I will be seeing him next week, along with my daughter and grandsson, to celebrate all their birthdays! smile
Popping into a mill and buying your flour is rather like getting your crabs live from the harbour front. Straight from source so to speak and no middle men. Very satisfying. Great image and the pping is just right
Ginnie Hart: Great way to put it, Linda. You are so right. It's a wonderful experience and so very educational! Thanks!
  • Fokkio
  • The Netherlands
  • 6 Oct 2010, 12:18
Great composition and processing. It's a beautiful place to take pictures.
Ginnie Hart: I love these mills, Fokkio! They are pure joy for me. Hartstikke bedankt.
Ha! we all seem to thrive on nostalgia Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Ah yes, Richard. The older we get the worse it gets! grin
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 6 Oct 2010, 12:22
Happy birthday Mark!
This wonderful picture brings back happy memories, my grandparents worked in a shop owned by a sugarfactory Lido in Hilversum, it looked like that, big scales and bags with sugar, cookies, candy, name it and it was there.
As a kid I was allowed to weigh smaller portions of all those goodies.
This picture is almost as 'time stood still'.
Ginnie Hart: I learn something new about you almost every single day, mijn vrouw. I love it. smile And I'm so glad you now have your new laptop up and running!
What a good depiction of times gone by Ginnie. We have a restored watermill about 5 minutes walk from my house in Shepshed and on Open Days, when it is working, they sell the flour all bagged up like this. They also have a nice millpong to sit round with coffee and cakes! http://www.shepshedwatermill.co.uk/
Ginnie Hart: I love it that you have a place so close to you, Brian. These places must live forever. May we never lose them! Thanks for the link.
Timeless image . With your processing and using these tones , every image could become timeless !
Ginnie Hart: So many things like this ARE timeless here in Europoe, Mariana. I feel like I'm in heaven! Thank you for your kind words.
I love places like these..leads you back to the past. nice processing!
Ginnie Hart: I love them, too, Sandu. So soulful. Thank you.
I wish your baby the very best in life Ginnie....a great day for yousmile Cheers!!

The picture is full of fab detail and I always wonder at your signature tone!
Ginnie Hart: He IS my baby, Pavan. smile I hope he has a great day in Atlanta. I'll be seeing him next week and will celebrate his birthday then. Thank you.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 6 Oct 2010, 14:17
Wow. So old world. Happy Birthday to Marksmile
Ginnie Hart: I love "old world," Sherri, which I guess you know by now. Thanks for your birthday wishes for Mark. I know that will mean a lort to him.
Très jolie couleur d'antan...Ginnie, my photo quite in color, it is of the HDR, retouched a little with Photoshop, tell that that pleases you, because you could be my professor, I think of, kiss kiss...
Ginnie Hart: I am such a big fan of HDR, Pierrot, so that's why I liked it so much. smile Good for you! Merci.
Oh, man, I thought you are from Europe . Sure, all is like that . Will never forget all my travelings when was living there. BUt then - photography was a specialty of my husband, not mine wink) I even hated his job !

Yet, I see it is your son's birthday !

Sorry, I miss that . I only look at pictures and never read anything around smile)

SO, very happy birthday to Mark smile)

One great surprise for me - you have such a big boy smile)
My twins are close to 30 smile) I still dream of me as a young Mom smile)

Happy day to you too , Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: I'm an American living in Europe, Mariana, so I feel like I live in both worlds. I guess that makes me lucky?! smile Thanks for the birthday wishes for Mark. Yes, he's a big boy. I was 30 when he was born and that seems so long ago. grin Thanks for your delightful comment!
  • Andy
  • USA
  • 6 Oct 2010, 17:56
Wow thats really cool that it still works!! Great old time feel to this shot.
Ginnie Hart: You'd be surprised how many of them still work, Andy. In fact, my understanding is they have a minimum number of days they HAVE to work in order to keep their official status as a working mill. Both of our mills here in Gorinchem are working mills in the sense of having turning hours. They aren't grinding flour but they are turning their sails! So fun to see. smile Thanks.
A nice old patina with nice old things like the old scales!
Ginnie Hart: I love stuff like this, Wim. I'm a glutton. smile Bedankt.
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 6 Oct 2010, 19:56
another big likey for this one.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Maria. Thank you.
  • Antoine
  • Germany
  • 6 Oct 2010, 20:07
Bonsoir Ginnie. Superb capture with a very good framing. Have a lovely evening Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Always THANK YOU, Antoine. Merci.
that place has seen some work over the years, nice capture Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Derek, for sure! Thanks.
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 6 Oct 2010, 21:17
Splendid chaos - and so nice to see inside a windmill.

Gotta say Ginnie that I love windmills too - as you can see!
Ginnie Hart: There's so little space inside these mills, George, but very cozy for a little shop. I love it whenever we find one. smile Thanks.
  • Rob
  • United States
  • 6 Oct 2010, 21:22
Enjoy this special day!
Interesting to see the inside of this mill. Really like the texture pattern on the sacks in the foreground.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Rob. I never heard from my son, so I just hope he had a good day. He kinda lives in a cave, if that makes sense? smile
  • Oscar
  • France
  • 6 Oct 2010, 21:33
a ilke the old objects, are fantastincs
Ginnie Hart: I like them, too, Oscar! Gracias.
  • TM
  • Iran
  • 6 Oct 2010, 21:59
happy birthday to him..say hello to him and wish him a very good life full of thingZ he wantssmilesmile
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, TM. Thank you.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 6 Oct 2010, 22:12
looks like it's ground a lot already.. nice capture.. smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Rian. A LOT! smile Thanks.
Happy Birthday to Mark.

That is a large scale scale.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, regarding Mark. And yes, we don't usually see scales that big...or old. smile
I would love to have the opportunity to purchase merchandise direct from a mill like this.
Your superb treatment here, Ginnie, transports us back to another time.

Best birthday wishes to your son.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you on both counts, Beverly. Buying from a mill like this is like an 'eternalized moment' for sure. I'll never forget it.
happy bday to Mark!!! now what is it you know about 'us libras' lolol this is a great shot by the way, i sure do envy you your subject matter these days!!
Ginnie Hart: The subject matter I have all around me almost every day here is to die for, Elaine. I know I'm very lucky! And Libras? Don't get me started...so much to say. grin
Happy Birthday Mark!

This is a wonderful photo, ginnie. i love the textures you've applied. it works really well with the subject. absolutely!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you on both counts, Seraphine. You're a sweetheart. smile
If you like the HDR, next week, I shall just publish for you of very beautiful images, you will see, kisses Ginnie, good day...
Ginnie Hart: I LOVE HDR, Pierrot, so I'll look forward to next week. Merci. smile
  • tede
  • France
  • 7 Oct 2010, 09:07
A nice "bric à brac" and always a superb processing. Happy birthday to your son! Ginnie great day.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you and thank you, Tede!
Happy Birthday to Mark.
Great shot giving us nostalgia of the past!
Ginnie Hart: The older I get, Richard, the more I enjoy the nostalgia. smile Merci.
I like this form photo
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Reza, for stopping by and commenting. It means a lot.
  • Shaun
  • United States
  • 7 Oct 2010, 12:12
An excellent photograph, and an interesting one.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Shaun. I love stuff like this. smile
  • Foto'S
  • Poland
  • 7 Oct 2010, 12:48
Fantastic shot, great effect and the climate picture. Have a nice day *__*
Ginnie Hart: As always, Foto'S, thank you!
Wonderful image, great procesing and light! Beautiful photo!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Andrei.
  • Paule
  • United States
  • 7 Oct 2010, 18:21
Another great vintage shot.

Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Paule.
  • david
  • United States
  • 7 Oct 2010, 18:54
nice use of texture...though it does make it appear like it all has got a bit mouldy over the years smile
Ginnie Hart: To have done this place justice, David, I probably shouldn't have used a texture because this place was so delightful and cozy. You would have loved it. BTW, it's good to see you again! smile
I see some other have mentioned it already, but I have to repeat...you know how to process you pictures, I like smile
Ginnie Hart: You know how to make my day, Aksel. smile Thank you.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 8 Oct 2010, 10:29
Love the composition here Ginnie. It is so nice to wander in places like that. Feel the history smile
Ginnie Hart: You are exactly right, Frida. It's so very soulful to me! Thanks.
  • Sunder
  • India
  • 8 Oct 2010, 15:27
Great image of this scale...
Love the look, feel of this place..Great processing.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Sunder.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 8 Oct 2010, 16:38
Missed this one. What a great find. I just love these old scales...relics and remains from another time and place.
Ginnie Hart: And I missed your comment, Marcie, so we're even. smile Thank you so much for backtracking!
Superb photo. Good evening Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. Merci.
  • petra
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Oct 2010, 22:41
love this one
Ginnie Hart: Bedankt, Petra. We go into every mill that's open, if we can! smile

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