heddal watermill

An old watermill in Hjartdal

Camera: Canon EOS 5D MKII
Lens: Canon EF 17-40 mm. f/4.0L

Traveling on the road from Oslo towards Lysebotn I passed this old abandoned wooden building. I just saw a glimpse of it in the corner of my eye passing it on the tarmac road. But it looked very interesting, so I was forced to make a u-turn and make my way back to the structure.

It turned out to be a old watermill for grinding grains. It was very disappointing that only the facade and the gable looking towards the road was in a reasonable state and had been painted not to long ago. The backside at the river was in quite bad shape with boards that badly needed some TLC. Still it was a nice place and the old iron-bridge also looked interesting. So I choose to stay and hang around for a while shooting some photographs. I sincerely hope that someone will manage to take care of this old building in a not to distant future, it´s a shame to see this lovely heritage just rot away. Looking in through the windows it seemed that most of the old grinding equipment was still intact. Adding to my despair. If I had no plans I would just love to buy this place and give it a thorough work-over. It would be the perfect place for me to settle down.

Hjartdal is a municipality in Telemark county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Øst-Telemark. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Sauland.

Parting quote: “People have a hard time letting go of their suffering, out of fear of the unknown they prefer the suffering that is familiar