The design of this charming windmill is based on classic Dutch windmills that you read about as a child. This 4-story windmill pop-up card is so authentic, it actually spins. Sturdy windmill houses were built throughout the early 19th and 20th century to harness the energy of the wind to mill grain (gristmills), and pump water (windpumps).
Whether you want to be blown away to the tulip fields of Holland, power your farm, or tilt at windmills, this nostalgic card brings attention to the importance of sustainability and clean energy.
This is a birthday or friendship card for a scientist or environmentalist, or to say Let’s Take a Spin, or Happy New Home. It is guaranteed to have you dancing around in wooden shoes.
Renewable energy? I’m a big fan.
Don’t have a meltdown.
I’m a huge fan of yours.
You’re tilting at windmills.
Let’s take a spin.
Happy New Home.
May the wind be at your back.
Wind today, green tomorrow.
A wind-wind solution.
Blowing happy birthday wishes to you.
I am not lazy, I am just on my Energy saving mode.
Let wind do the job.
Throw caution to the wind.
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind. ~Bob Dylan
When the winds of change blow, some people build walls, others build windmills.
This is a wind-wind solution.
The first windmill manufactured in the United States was designed by Daniel Halladay, who began inventing windmills in 1854 in his Connecticut machine shop. The windmill was hugely successful as a means of pumping water on farms and ranches in the expanding western frontier, so much so that Halladay moved his operation to Illinois. Additionally, the windmill played a key role in the expansion of the railroads because water was required for the operation of the early steam-driven engines. Eventually, more than 1,000 small and large factories produced water-pumping windmills. Between 1850 and 1970, more than six million mechanical windmills were installed from coast to coast. As cheap electric power became accessible to rural areas of north America the windmill lost popularity.
Castilla-La Mancha encompasses the vast arid plains of central Spain. It is a land of medieval castles, wine and the famous windmills immortalized in Miguel Cervantes’ Don Quixote. The best examples of some of the “giants” against which Cervantes’ hero went into battle may be found in Consuegra where several old windmills spike the hill just outside of town.
The Famous Don Quixote Windmill Quote:
“Destiny guides our fortunes more favorably than we could have expected. Look there, Sancho Panza, my friend, and see those thirty or so wild giants, with whom I intend to do battle and kill each and all of them, so with their stolen booty we can begin to enrich ourselves. This is nobel, righteous warfare, for it is wonderfully useful to God to have such an evil race wiped from the face of the earth.”
“What giants?” asked Sancho Panza.
“The ones you can see over there,” answered Don Quijote, “with the huge arms, some of which are very nearly two leagues long.”
“Now look, your grace,” said Sancho, “what you see over there aren’t giants, but windmills, and what seems to be arms are just their sails, that go around in the wind and turn the millstone.”
“Obviously,” replied Don Quijote, “you don’t know much about adventures.”