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There are a lot of windmills like these in Latvia. The ones that are located on smaller streams or rivers are already privatized to produce electricity. But those on fields are rarely necessary.

Old brick walls now are just a reminder of horse carts that were waiting in line to be filled up with freshly grinded flour. And when old plaster has fallen down these walls let you wonder how someone in past could build this mill so high and precise. Could any builders today build them with their ancestor's pulleys, ropes and scaffolding on a windy day? I seriously doubt that.

Today every one of them would probably dream about cranes. Especially when only by hand and horse cart they would need to put up large mill wings that you can't see here anymore. Just in memories...

Wind mill in picture is located between Smiltene and StrenĨi in one of the historical regions of Latvia - Vidzeme.