Ode to a Windmill and the Drive

I wish I knew the history behind this magnificent windmill and the people who depended on its strength and durability to provide clean, pure delicious life sustaining water.  How many of us today could build, take care of and truly appreciate the mechanics behind this wonderful yet simple piece of our history?  I wonder about the man who entered your door to keep you operating, the woman who planted bright colored flowers that decorated your base and the children who wore them in their hair as they played Ring Around the Rosie and all fell down. 

I’m pleased to know you Mr. Windmill, I only wish I knew more of your history, I’ll bet in your hey day you were fabulous.  I’m glad you are still standing and may you endue the elements for another century or two. 

Your Teamdonk Friends who appreciate you as you proudly remain standing strong as we pass by.

We drove past the neighbor girl walking her two big dogs, past the cows, past the four wheeler which was being unloaded out of a pickup then the fellas started it just after we had gone by.  The sound made both the boys jump, as if they weren’t jumpy enough today.  Every one of these events took some talking to get the boys safely past these donkey threats.  All were new to them but each time they listened and trusted me while poised to escape if need be.  This is incredibly important in driving, animals have to have faith in their teamster to not put them in harm’s way.  We then drove the last hill to old Hwy 7 where we turned around, then up the lane to the neighbors and past their mules.  The boys were tied to their hitching rail which was also something new to them.  We traveled over seven miles this morning,  taking us almost three hours at a cool 58 to 65 degrees, I was really glad to have an extra layer on today to cut the breeze. 

These two have had approximately 35 drives.  Today was the first time Merlin has ever driven on the left side.  I have always been told the tallest one drives on the right but no one could tell me why.  This spring I discovered the reason.  It has to do with plowing and the taller one always is on the furrow side.  Merlin did drive a little awkward at first, the rounded up hump in his back told me that he was not comfortable.  Now that he is on the traffic side of the road Merlin had a little trouble with a pickup that came towards us then whizzed by.  He’ll get better, ole Hank didn’t seem to care much.

The Teamdonk #2 boys get a day off tomorrow and the Saturday parade is now in question with thunderstorms forecasted.  Time will tell, we may just do a hitch to the buckboard, a short drive and call it good if it is not raining!

Luc and Hank enjoying a bit of lunch and a chat about Hank’s adventures.  Luc, your time is coming soon!


About Teamdonk

Teamdonk is all about Kristi's three driving and riding donkeys. Join us as we share our adventures. Meet the boys Luc, Galahad and Merlin. Don't forget to visit the older blogs at www.teamdonk.wordpress.com, 2010, 2011, 2012 13 & 14 add the year like this www.2015teamdonk.wordpress.com
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