Tilting at Windmills

“Fortune is arranging matters for us better than we could have
shaped our desires ourselves, for look there, friend Sancho Panza,
where thirty or more monstrous giants present themselves, all of
whom I mean to engage in battle and slay, and with whose spoils we
shall begin to make our fortunes; for this is righteous warfare, and
it is God’s good service to sweep so evil a breed from off the face of
the earth.”

“What giants?” said Sancho Panza.

“Those thou seest there,” answered his master, “with the long
arms, and some have them nearly two leagues long.”

“Look, your worship,” said Sancho; “what we see there are not giants
but windmills, and what seem to be their arms are the sails that
turned by the wind make the millstone go.”

“It is easy to see,” replied Don Quixote, “that thou art not used to
this business of adventures; those are giants; and if thou art afraid,
away with thee out of this and betake thyself to prayer while I engage
them in fierce and unequal combat.”

Miguel de Cervantes (1547 – 1616)


I’ve noticed in areas of the Blogosphere a great deal of controversy arising from the building of windfarms in Scotland.  In general the overall opinion appears less than enthusiastic…to the point of hostility. Leaving aside the debate on economics, profiteering and efficiency and looking purely at the aesthetics…I quite like them.  In fact they’re a damn sight more interesting than some of the terrain on which they sit.  Although I’ve covered a fair bit of hillside over the years I’m not a great lover of vast expanses of bleak moorland and hillside.  I much prefer more “interesting” terrain, something with a bit of character.   Where I’ve come across these monstrous giants I haven’t been crying in my beer.   But that’s a personal view.

Any other closet “don’t really bother me” heretics out there?  😉