Windmills in the Sky
There are several windmills in the Somerset but probably the best known are Stembridge, Walton and Ashton mills.
In South Somerset up on the top High Ham is Stembridge Mill.
I found it difficult to get a good angle for a picture of the Stembridge Tower. The National Trust land was closed because of Covid-19. A neighbouring house had a garden full of oxeye daisies that would have made a great foreground. But this is not the time to knock on a stranger’s door.
This was the best I could do from the road.
This mill is high on a ridge next to a busy road.
It is exposed to the winds that cut across the wide open Levels below.
This is a design classic. The type of mill where Windy Miller from the children’s TV series Camberwick Green would live.
Many windmills have disappeared but they are remembered in place names such as Windmill Hill at Westbury-sub-Mendip. It is easy to imagine a windmill sitting on this top.
In fact, small hills are dotted all around the landscape – each little ‘island’ could be perfect for a windmill.
Windmills need wind, and that means big skies, and the Somerset Levels delivers some really big skies.
This year we have had some beautiful blue skies. But even in the summer a storm can pass through.
There is always someone watching.