Thursday, January 03, 2013

Sails in the sunset

The windmill at Saint-Sulpice-sur-Lèze (6)Saint-Sulpice-sur-Lèze lies about a half hour drive south of Toulouse. It is overlooked by the fifteenth century windmill of  Pesquies (map). The current sails are purely a decorative addition to replace the long defunct originals after a local society was formed in the 1980s to restore the collapsing structure. One of its members has made a 1/10 scale model with moving parts.
The windmill at Saint-Sulpice-sur-Lèze (1)We took all the dogs up the hill for a run this afternoon. The windmill itself sits in a little open park with picnic tables, surrounded  by ploughed fields. While Django and Coco went off to chase frisbees, Munson and I, together with Claire and her son Olly explored the windmill exterior. It’s open for inspection on Sundays and holidays or by arrangement by getting a key from the township. 
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There’s a French expression « Entrer comme dans un moulin » meaning that something is as easy to enter as a windmill. This is because they usually have two doors, in case one of them is blocked by the sails. The roof of the building rotates to move the sails into a favourable position.
The windmill at Saint-Sulpice-sur-Lèze (4)  The windmill at Saint-Sulpice-sur-Lèze (2)P1120544
The windmill at Saint-Sulpice-sur-Lèze (3)  The windmill at Saint-Sulpice-sur-Lèze (5)
The windmill at Saint-Sulpice-sur-Lèze (7)

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