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-Look Up, Look Down Challenge, Week 51

Every Thursday, I publish a post containing photo(s) taken from above or below, and invite you to join in the challenge by posting your own photos with an up or down perspective.

Don Quixote mistakenly took windmills for enemy giants with long flailing arms.  Hard to imagine, when they can look so picturesque and benign.


This beauty is an iconic building in the quintessentially English village of Finchingfield, in Essex.  It was built around 1756 and is the smallest remaining post mill in Essex.  It is open to the public on the third Sunday of each month during the summer but even if you can’t get inside, it is worth a look from outside, especially when a blue sky happens along.

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In contrast to that very English windmill, here is the headless body of a French one – almost the last remnant of Marseille’s historic windmills.



This golden representation of a Belgian windmill high up on a wall in the Grand Place in Brussels doesn’t look so different to an English one.


I can’t end without another reference to good old Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, so let’s take a quick look down at a fun mosaic in Toledo.



The Challenge

Click here to enter the challenge

Welcome to week 51 and a huge thank you as always to those who entered last week.  We had a great variety: the sun, an astronaut, a traffic light, a beautiful German town and more to boot.  You can see all of the entries from this and previous weeks on my Pinterest board if you are seeking inspiration, or are just plain nosy.

All are welcome; please share your up or down perspective with us.  Simply create your own post as normal, create a link to this challenge and then click here to enter your link and to view other entries.  If you have any difficulties with the linky, please just leave your link in a comment below and I will upload your thumbnail.

Finally, please don’t forget to go and visit the other challengers and pass on your views and encouragement.

To find out more about how to enter, click here.  The linky list will open each Thursday at 00:01 GMT (or a bit before) and will be open for a week.

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  1. I love windmills. Old ones like this one at Finchingfield are wonderful. I know of another lovely one at Skidby in East Yorkshire. Windmills were so very much part of village life. I find modern wind turbines quite beautiful too, though I know many people would not agree with me. Just as windmills were essential to life in the past, power, in the form of electricity is a necessity of modern life and I find wind turbines more benign than some of the other power-generating possibilities.


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