Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Three Muses - Windmill

When I was a child, many of the little farms had windmills.  Turned by the ceaseless prairie winds of central Illinois, they served to pump cool water into tanks for the farm animals, as in the photo (which is from an ad for wind turbines!)  My prairie lady is from a book cover.   On a recent visit "back home" most of the barns are gone or in sad disrepair, and the windmills are gone, replaced near the home of my childhood by wind turbines.   Time marches on, but in my memory I can still hear the soothing distant creak of the windmill turning gently in the prairie breeze. 


  1. Yes time marches on dear Bev. Sometimes for the best, sometimes not.
    At my age, I begin to understand what nostalgia means.
    This kind of windmill is called éolienne in french, it comes from Eole, the Greek god of wind.
    And the other kind of windmill, that you'll find on my collage is called moulin à vent, mill of wind (as the Moulin de la Galette and as windmill), and they disappear here too.
    I imagine that this prairie lady is you Bev, even if I know you were a child; and I feel a bit sad and nostalgic of something I've never known. Thank you for sharing this softness and memories of sweet life.

  2. The minute I saw the art piece I knew it was yours, Bev. You always bring so many memories of living on the prairies in days gone by with your truisms Excellent work as always.

  3. a classical farmer motive, very sencere impressing. so good! Herzlich Pippa

  4. This is so beautiful art piece spised with your lovely nostalgic memories, Bev,

  5. A wonderful piece and a beautiful memory piece as well. Yes everything changes now and not to it's best I guess!

  6. I love the nostalgic feel you've created, Bev. This is lovely and soothing to the soul.

  7. Travelling in the "outback" of Australia is sure to provide the sight of old mills, many still in use. Your illustration is beautiful, Bev. You have such an amazing way of taking us back to your early life.

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