What is it about Windmills?

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What is it about Windmills?

Category : Karoo Life

“LOVE IS THAT TO LIFE

WHAT WIND IS TO A WINDMILL”

“The Windmill never strays

in search of the Wind”.

Have you ever met anyone that is not fascinated and soothed by a slowly turning gently clunking windmill?

I never tire of seeing the windmill that stands so tall and proud outside the Bloemhof Karoo homestead – so elegant,  yet so vitally crucial on the farm.

The wind in the Karoo can be so tiresome but we always console ourselves with the fact that life-giving water is being collected at a rate of knots for our crops, animals and gardens!

WINDMILLS are an ingenious invention dating back to the 12th century, and we’re still using them all over the Karoo;  our lifesource in the veld.
Until 1750, windmills were turned by hand to face the wind;  thereafter the new fantail automatically kept the windmill in an optimal position.

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I never realised how much expertise there is amongst the Karoo people to understand, repair and even salvage windmills – almost any farm worker can scramble up to the top in a jiffy, set the brake (yes, a windmill has a brake), and do all sorts of tweaking to enable gathering (but not overflowing!) of water.

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Lifesource at BloemhofKaroo.