In Vickleby there are two groups with three windmills in each group
Windmills en masse
We might as well begin by admitting that we cheat a little bit this time. Some of the text, which isn't much in the first place, we have simply copied from other blog entries we have written. But we spend much time writing all the other blog entries that we think that once in a while we can allow ourselves to put together one entry where we don't have to write quite as much as we normally do.
Also, when we started this blog in 2006 the main purpose was to make it possible for us to upload photos and make them available to our friends and relatives. It was publishing the photos that was the main purpose, not actually writing the text which accompanies the pictures. The purpose of this particular blog entry is to publish photos of windmills. We find this collection of photos of the many windmills on Öland to be interesting enough to warrant a blog entry of their own. So now, staying true to the original purpose of this blog, we have published photos and made them available to you.
From time to time
The larger windmills are build from stone
we write blog entries with a theme. Typically we do this when we find something that defines a town, city or region. Something that sticks out or makes it special. On Öland the thing that really is defining or sticks out is the large number of windmills. Supposedly there are around 400 windmills on the island, and that is about one fifth of the number that existed when windmills were actually used to grind grains to flour. Today they are kept because they are an important part of the cultural heritage.
The windmills come in several styles and sizes. Most of the windmills are actually quite small. For a windmill to work it is important that the wind comes from the right direction. The small ones were built in such a way that the entire windmill could be turned around to adjust for winds coming from any direction. For the larger windmills the top of the building was build such that it could be turned around to catch the wind no matter what direction it came from.
Why are there so many windmills on Öland? Our guess is that there are no streams that
There are many windmills on Öland
On Öland the thing that really is defining or sticks out is the large number of windmills
are suitable for water powered mills anywhere on Öland. But this is just a guess.
By the way, one of the windmills we have already mentioned in our previous blog entry
. It is strictly not a windmill. It is a wind powered stone polishing machine.
Oh yes, for the fun of it we also added a photo of a wind turbine. That is strictly speaking not a windmill either if we are to be correct.
If you liked this blog entry then we can recommend a few other theme blogs we have written over the years. In Rome we decided to write a blog entry about all the fountains
we saw when we walked around there. In Saint-Louis in Senegal we were fascinated by the balconies
. That was not the first time we decided to take a lot of pictures of balconies. We did that in Kotor in Montenegro
and in Tblisi in Georgia
as well. Doors can also be interesting by the way. That is something Ake found out when he was in the city Sur in Oman
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