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Last night I set out with the intention of building yet another windmill, but that ended up on ice, for something lazier a little simpler took my fancy. Nothing brand new, but I thought I’d have a crack at a follow-up of the windmill figurines I made last year, drafting in the models I’d made since. Perhaps I missed the opportunity to experiment with redressing them in some fashion, but I rather like them as they are. They look like they belong with one another.

More shelf space required for this next batch – we’ll have to throw out another load of books!

windmill-ornament-clyrck1windmill-ornament-stolaves1windmill-ornament-horning1windmill-ornament-cottage1For bonus fun, I included the adjacent cottage I made last autumn. I’m now wondering if I could take the Chrismassy version and give the concept a bit of snow, perhaps of a globular nature? Now that could be interesting…

It was nice to revisit this format as I had planned. It may take thirteen months, but I am a man of my word!

horningferry3As the night winds howl and rain lashes mercilessly against the window, it seemed that a return to the perma-sunny 3D mill-scape was called for. And what a radiant specimen we have on this particular trip!

Horning Ferry Mill is a smock mill, built in the mid nineteenth century. Perched beside the River Bure, it was a fairly standard model, working for around fifty years before retirement. It was saved from dereliction in the 1930s and restored for residential use – it still operates today as holiday accommodation, I’m sure a hot pick in one of the most popular locations on the Broads. A large octagonal floor was built around the structure, with the smock weatherboarding rather cutely ‘flared’ out to meld with its new surroundings. Bathed in white and replete with simple, toy-like charm, Horning Ferry certainly has an aesthetic edge over its neighbours.

They even based Anneka Rice outside the mill for the Norfolk episode of Treasure Hunt!

horningferry2That appeal has long been in mind, as has this project. I think it purely was the curvature of the tower that had put me off doing this long ago. Happily, it turned out to be relatively straightforward; the Loft tools allowed a sequence of smoothly shrinking octagons to describe as needed. It’s gradient may be slightly off, but the process worked, and that’s enough for me!

There are still some battles going on with the Physical Sky configurations, however – I’m still not quite sure why the mill itself is so bright, but the trees so dark. Hmm! Still, never mind – lots of fun had. I don’t think I’ve ever actually visited this mill – come to think of it, I’m not sure I’ve even been to Horning. Shameful indeed – I must rectify this, but perhaps I’ll wait a little while until the weather’s a touch friendlier!

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