Quotes from the Masters: Ovid

“Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all.”


The above quote forms this week’s Quotes from the Masters challenge from Robin at Bringing Europe Home. Her photos of the sunny Californian coast are spectacular and make me want to go and drive along Highway 1.

Closer to home for me, there is a wonderful place where I like to go to clear the cobwebs. When I’m a bit tense or in need of revitalisation, a visit to Drumderg windfarm soothes me and gets me back on the right track with a clear mind.

I find the turning of these enormous turbines (each one is 107 metres tall) mesmerising and very relaxing. I visited them a few days ago on quite a windy day, and was so taken with them that I sat down in the road and just enjoyed their revolutions. The road is a very quiet one and there was no traffic at all while I was there.


38 thoughts on “Quotes from the Masters: Ovid

  1. So refreshing to see someone write something positive about wind turbines. I echo your sentiments, I find them relaxing and fascinating to watch (and not really noisy at all), just so much nicer than dirty power stations or menacing nuclear reactors. I wouldn’t mind if they put a wind farm on my doorstep! As it is I have to make do with a distant view of one …

    • Thank you, my sentiments exactly, I would be delighted to have a wind farm on my doorstep! I have to drive to see this one, but it’s not too far away. It’s nice that you at least have a distant view of one. I agree that wind farms get too much negative press, and it’s good to redress the balance.

  2. We’re just back from a week in Scotland, where we too enjoyed the sight of the wind turbines; and we felt they added to Scotland’s fantastic scenery rather than detracting from it. But the opposition to the things – specially in England – is enormous and vitriolic. I’m almost afraid to post this comment, but agree with you completely so decided to take the risk…

    • Thanks Lee, it’s not sunny now! I agree though, being surrounded by lovely countryside is a real boon. I’m hoping to call into Wales on my way north from London later in the year. Trouble is, there’s so much of it I want to see!

  3. I am afraid no ‘like’ here due to the content ha ha – as a wannabe landscape photographer they blot the landscape, however on the flip side I to like the sound… have you seen my Findhorn Foundation wind turbine’s which are decorated?

    • No, I haven’t seen those but they sound intriguing, I’ll search your blog for them. Don’t you think they’re rather majestic though, turbines? They do make a nice noise, I agree.

  4. Scott, on the danger of getting my head bitten off – the wind turbines become/are as much part of the landscape as certain railway lines with steam trains on them, or bridges, or in fact lighthouses lol.

  5. I agree with some of the above comments, Lorna–it’s refreshing to know someone who finds the windfarms relaxing and appealing. I’m glad that you have found your special place, to clear the windmills of your mind.
    Terrific post! As always, thanks for sharing and joining in the challenge.:-)

  6. Your photos are wonderful, Lorna! I’m also fascinated by these strange wind creatures – they do look alive to me. The panhandle of Oklahoma is covered with them and it makes an otherwise rather bleak landscape very interesting, a bit surreal and yet kind of soothing at the same time. Strange that so many feelings should be wrapped up in a fairly “simple” concept. One day I hope to have our own wind turbine so that we can take one step further “off grid!”

    • Thank you Annie! It would be great if you got your own turbine! It’s becoming more and more popular here, with individual turbines popping up all over the place. I think it would be wonderful to be self-sufficient, or at least partially self-sufficient in power generation, and perhaps to be able to make a bit of money selling to the grid.

  7. I like wind ‘turbines’ as well. I wish we could call them ‘windmills’ which is a much nicer name. I recall American farms long ago all seemed to have a windmill or two, perhaps to pump water? Yes, I find their turning very therapeutic; nearly mesmerising. When I’m driving past some I have to make an effort to keep my eyes firmly on the road.

    • You can call them windmills if you want to! That makes me think of all the beautiful old windmills dotted about the Netherlands, now they really know how to do wind power. Mesmerising is the word, like watching snow falling, they kind of hypnotise you don’t they?

  8. your picture of the narrow road leading off into the distance with no one around makes me let out a contented sigh. great pictures.

  9. Great post Lorna, isn’t it absolutely bizarre that so many folk kick up such a storm about wind turbines but don’t bat an eyelid about a nuclear plant!

    I love them, the sight and the sound of them. I reckon that no new motorways should be built without a wind turbine every 300m along the central reservation, they’ve got to be somewhere and that seems like a good a place as any!

    • It is very odd Finn, you’re right, this aggressive opposition to wind farms is quite surprising, to my mind. I wonder if your idea might cause a few accidents (see Christine’s comment), but I agree, it would be nice to see them more. Perhaps if they were more visible as part of everyday life to more people, they’d become accepted and appreciated.

    • I agree with you there Jo, watching the waves is very restful and therapeutic. Your comment reminds me of a time I spent watching waves crashing up a stony beach and listening to the noise as they swept back down dragging stones with them, it was wonderfully restful.

  10. What a calm, restful site. Getting this post made me even feel more calm and relaxed today…also, triggered my going to Robin’s bringing Europe Home Home blog…found it inspiring too. Thanks for motivating me.

  11. There are several wind farms in California – way out in nowhere. And when approaching them it’s like arriving in an alien land with these big creatures spinning and spinning. I love to watch them!

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