There exists a true working windmill here in Holland, MI. The upper part of the windmill was shipped here to the USA and Holland, MI from Amsterdam. An engineer came along with this big load of lumber and parts and with help of the locals here in Holland, they put it all back together! We went to see it today and had a short tour. All located on what is called Windmill Island. In early Spring it is full of tulip blooms. Today they were busy replanting the 1000’s of bulbs in preparation for next Spring.
Back to the windmill. It continues to grind wheat that is locally grown in Michigan. There have been only 4 millers in the life of the windmill. The miller of today is a female named Alisa Crawford. She is a certified , trained miller , trained in the Netherlands. DE ZWAAN is the brand name of the flour that is produced here. The method of the wind turning the windmill, when and how much canvas must be added to the blades, the tilt of the blades, and the direction of the blades is all a precise art. There are rollers near the top of the windmill on the exterior that will rotate the “whole blade” apparatus to catch the wind — N, E, NE, S , W, — you get it!!!! THAT is only done by Alisa and she must step along a large wheel to make it all move. And you can just imaging how large and heavy the grinding stones are. They , too, were shipped from the Netherlands.
For any of you who are “gear – heads”…….
Two other “attractions” were a parade organ.
And another carrousel, but this one was for children. Both were sent here to Holland, MI from the Netherlands.
TRAVEL UPDATE —- looking like we will be here for a couple more days. We have company, as a boat docked next to us is also doing the Great Loop. Hank and I sure do hope we escape off this Lake before the first snow falls. geesh!!!!!!!