Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fun Rubbish....

 I love playing in so many different link parties....
and one of them is RUBBISH TUESDAY.

that I've posted about before.

Today, for Rubbish Tuesday, I wanted to show you a few photos of an olden windmill.

 A vintage windmill....or maybe it's an ANTIQUE windmill...??

I've seen a lot of windmills in my looong life but never one like this one.

I don't think I'm afraid of heights....
but I wouldn't want to climb this.

It's pretty tall up to the top...
maybe I AM afraid of heights...
The water from the windmills was used for cattle and horses...
and also for human consumption.
Most of the olden homesteads had wells by their houses.

This stock tank held the water pumped thru that pipe, driven by the turning of the windmill, blowing in the wind.

One thing for sure...
out here in West Texas, there's never a shortage of WIND.

All the structures at Ranching Heritage Center are the real thing.

They are found on ranches around the country, taken apart, moved to the Center and reconstructed.

A trip to the Center is an awesome place for me to find interesting RUBBISH that I'll be sharing with you along the way.

I would have hated getting my water thru this system... and when I hear " how good it was in "the olden days", I want to laugh.

I like THIS way of getting MY water .....
 OOO, before I leave,
I meant to tell you that when my girl was little, one of her favorite cookies were

She liked the ones with Almonds best but when we couldn't find them,
she would take the plain ones.
They have a bit of cinnamon taste and are sooo good dunked in milk. :)

and leave comments for a chance to win
in the BEST
fall fragrance of CRUNCHY LEAVES. 



  1. I have to agree with you about the water, the hardest I want to work for it is turning on a tap. Am I lazy or what?
    Our kids loved the windmill biscuits too, I haven't seen them for years. Your other old windmills were rather fascinating, I've never seen them like that before and I'm looking forward to all the other gems you have to show us in the future.


  2. Your "old time" windmill is a style that is coming back. I have seen a "modern" windmill that has blades arranged in a similar fashion. Perhaps nothing is new. Tom The Backroads Traveller

  3. That sounds like a fun party! I love to see what folks create out of rubbish. As for the old time water verses the new time water, I'm in your camp. I'm in your daughter's camp with the windmill cookies. They remind me of my grandmother. She always had some of those at her house.

  4. Love windmills, but have never seen one like this before. Interesting! I haven't had a windmill cookie in forever. I liked the ones with almonds best, too. Thanks for joining in.

  5. i've never seen a windmill like that before either and i used to love those windmill cookies too!

  6. We're definitely thinking alike! I've posted a windmill on my blog (yesterday) too! I've never seen one like that, though. That's really interesting! And when I was a kid, those windmill cookies were my absolute favorite. LOVE them even now, just haven't had one for a while.

  7. I love those old structures, but I wouldn't want to live that way! Of course, I imagine the pioneers and people in old times were so happy to get fresh drinking water, it must have seemed like a real luxury to be able to pump it up that way!

  8. The windmill is very unusual and beautiful, but the windmill cookies!!!! My grandmother used to have these on hand for us as kids, even though she was one of the best bakers around. My nephew and his wife in Indiana use these as a them for their ice cream shop.

  9. those cookies made me smile. i liked the almond ones, too! haven't had them in years!!! definitely a neat windmill.

  10. this is incredible! :)

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  11. I love those cookies too and I haven't seen them in age ~
    now I am on a mission to find them again :)

  12. What an interesting windmill, bj. I didn't grow up where people had windmills but rather wells in the yard. Have a great week.

  13. I haven't had one of those cookies for ages. I'll have to look for them at the store. I grew up in a land of windmills -- always fascinating. Sally

  14. The windmill is so unique. I like my water cold and out of the refrigerator. I am not sure I had any of the windmill cookies growing up. They look and sound delicious. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  15. I had forgotten all about those cookies. I wonder if our store carries them? I liked the almond ones too. Now you made me want one....and I won't be happy till I get one :) Another trip to the store. Joe will be pleased about that :(

  16. I've always enjoyed those windmill cookies! You are so right about the "good ole days". They were probably real good but not better. I love our modern conveniences...

  17. Great captures of that windmill and its really interesting. I've never seen one like that.

  18. I love OLD structures and that windmill is beautiful! I know I would LOVE that cookie:) Enjoy your day dear B.J. HUGS!

  19. That windmill is definitely different! Love the windmill cookies -- especially the almond ones! Yum! I remember going to visit some relatives who lived "out in the country" in Alabama -- we got water from a well and used a dipper -- coldest and best water ever! (and great fun for a city kid!)

  20. Anything is better than tap water, that's for sure

  21. That is such an unusual windmill. Have never seen one like it. Thanks for sharing it with us. Those are my favorite cookies $1.00 at Dollar Store. Great for dunking in milk just before bedtime or with some ice cream which is what I am just going to do right now. See how you inspire me.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  22. The worst water system we've ever had was when we lived in the mountains.
    We had an open well system. Varmints of all sorts would crawl in and out of it.
    I always made doubly sure to boil water to be used for baby bottles.
    Not sure if it ever froze up, but I do remember out toilet freezing up.

    Have a good one!

  23. I have never seen a windmill like that either, bj. What a great old piece. We had an artisan well on the farm and it was pure cold, sweet water that bubbled up through deep rocks that were part of the mountain range.

    My Dad loved those windmill cookies, too. Those and ginger snaps. xo Diana

  24. Oh, what a great windmill. That style is new to me, too. And, I LOVED those cookies, too!

  25. I haven't heard of that ranching heritage center and I've never tried those cookies. I wonder if they have them here?

  26. Love that windmill! It's very unusual looking. The cookies look delicious and very cute.

  27. I really like the look of that windmill . . .
    I probably prefer being on the ground and looking up . . .

  28. The olden days are fun to read about, but I'm also glad we don't live in them anymore! For my kids the olden days will be the time before the internet. :)

  29. I have never seen this type of windmill in real life....in fact, just the other day seen my first on someone's blog. They are really different, aren't they?

  30. I agree...that windmill is a new one on me. I love those windmill cookies . I lived in The Netherlands back in the late seventies. I gave talks about our living there to elementary kids on our return. I always took along those cookies...Their thank you notes mostly said: "Thanks for the cookies"

  31. Loving the antique windmill, real rustic art. When we went to Holland every old windmill (not the white modern ones) called my name and I had to go explore each of them. I've never seen the windmill cookies ... sure are cute!

  32. Life was not easy on the high plains! Even Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson had it hard in "Giant"!!


  33. What a unique looking windmill. The blades reminded me of Indian headdresses.


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