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May 12, 2012

Supply & demand

by 3arn0wl

There’s trouble up at ‘ mill:

It’s National Mills Weekend, and there’s cracking weather for once,  which always brings out loads of tourists eager to part with their hard-earned.

But there’s no wind.  Not even a breath.  So no chance to mill any flour:  No opportunity to show the mill in action.

“Still.  They’ll be able to get a closer look at all the workings,” said Geoff.

And we can still send them home from the mill with a bag or two of locally produced flour, Ella thought rye-ly.

March 4, 2012

It’s a breeze!

by 3arn0wl

The fantail had turned the ogee cap, and the 200-year-old mill had got the wind in its sails: it was a good day for milling.

Noel Tall had got wind of the Open Day at Geoff and Ella Miller’s Mill in Upper Snodding. She was really looking forward to milling a stone for the bag.

Visitors enjoyed winding the pulleys to take up the grain, and watched as it was fed through the hole in the runner stone;  waited for it to miraculously transubstantiate in the furrows;  before the flour worked its way out to the edge.

And Geoff had just got wind.

January 7, 2012

Gearing up

by 3arn0wl

There’d been nothing to worry about as it turned out.  The windmill had performed remarkably well in the high winds:  the cogs transposed the natural force efficiently and the millstone ground the corn in the same determined way.

Geoff and Ella Miller braced themselves for their first Open Day of the new year. They’d assumed it would be a quiet day, but it seems that following her visit to the Little Sniffy CofE Primary School, Gaia Daley had inspired half the kids in the area to bake bread, and naturally they all wanted Snodding flour.

And knowing his appetite, she wondered if she’d be getting into that gear he’d given her for Christmas later! 😉

July 31, 2011

And on the seventh day…

by 3arn0wl

Geoff Miller and his wife Ella have been busy.

In eager anticipation of Lammas Day, their windmill in Upper Snodding has received a full service, and the grain store has been completely emptied and cleansed.

Going on past years, the altar of the Hallowed Prostitute, Little Sniffy, is likely to be groaning under the mass of bread left in gratitude of another bountiful harvest.

“We’ve been at it non-stop all week,” confided Ella. “Those farmers keep coming with their loads.”

And they’re likely to be at it for a while longer, judging by the wheat fields this year.

July 29, 2011

E X C L U S I V E !

by 3arn0wl

press Here can announce that Poppleton has been selected as the primary location for a feature film.

Few details are available as yet,  but over a glass of chilled white in the Dew Drop Inn, one of the producers, Izzy Cannes (blonde, attractive, legs going right up…)  suggested that a whole host of A-list celebrities will be “Popping up in Poppleton over the next few weeks.”

Speculation has been at fever pitch,  but rumours that Harrison Ford or Arnold Schwartzenegger have starring roles have been flatly denied.

“It’s very exciting, isn’t it!” Tom Bell (26) enthused.

press Here can also reveal that consent has been given for filming the town hall, the fire station, and the band stand.  Geoff Miller’s windmill in Upper Snodding has also been named as a location,  as well as Moore’s biscuit factory in Chorley.

So, walking around Poppleton,  you never know who you’re going to bump into.