When we went on our family holiday to Cornwall last summer Master C was absolutely obsessed with all the wind turbines that we saw whilst there. Every time we drove past one there would be a shout of “windmill” from the back seat and in a way it became the saying of the holiday. Back home there aren’t as many wind turbines around Hertfordshire, but trips north always seem to find a few and once again the familiar shout goes up from the back seat.
The thing is – I’m actually rather fond of wind turbines. Not only do they do a wonderful job at producing green energy, but I actually think they’re rather beautiful too. There’s a certain elegance to them that I can’t quite put my finger on.
When I was about 10 years old I went on a family holiday to Denmark with my parents and sister. I have some really fond memories of that trip – especially going to Legoland and taking a day trip to Copenhagen to see the Little Mermaid. Another day trip that I also remember is one that my Dad was keen to do to go and see a huge number of wind turbines somewhere on the Danish Coast. Being a typical ten year old girl I’m not sure I fully appreciated them in the way that my Dad (a mechanical engineer) did, but I do still recall being in awe at the size of them all and the number that we saw all in one place.
I realise there’s a lot of controversy about some of the planed locations for wind turbines here in the UK and whilst I am against putting them in areas of outstanding natural beauty and the like, but overall I’d actually welcome more of them in this country and in the seas around our island. There are probably people reading this saying “well it’s alright for you, but how would you feel if it was right where you live?” and I agree that there are some places here in St Albans that would be spoilt with a wind turbine on the landscape, but then there are also plenty of other places around where it would actually be completely fine.
What I do like though is how seeing wind turbines is just becoming a common sight to my kids. Little Miss C sat down to draw a picture this weekend, as she often does, and I was actually quite pleased to see that she’d decided to draw a wind turbine, and I’m completely in love with the quirky angle at which she’s drawn it. It somehow captures the height and elegance of them and the way that you see them when you drive past from a car.
In my mind we need to embrace renewable energy and increase our usage of it, and the first step of that has to be making our children see it as completely normal. I delighted to say that I think we’re on the way to doing that.