I received this postcard from one of the members of postcrossing.com named Irene. She is a 51-year old Dutch woman who lives in the city of Rotterdam. This is what she wrote at the back of the card ” More Dutch than wind mills will be hard to find”.
Holland is a name in common usage given to a region in the western part of the Netherlands. The term Holland is also frequently used to refer to the whole of the Netherlands. This usage is generally accepted but disliked by many Dutch people in the other parts of the Netherlands.
The Dutch countryside contains two distinctive types of mills, the water mill and the windmill.The water mill can be found in the Eastern and Southern provinces of Twente, Oost-Veluwe, theAchterhoek, Oost-Brabant, and Limburg. These are the places where there was sufficient flow of water to drive the wheel of the mill.These mills were usually used as corn mills but they also produced paper, oil, and sawed timber.