Yesterday we went to see a mill (called Le Bigot, strangely enough) for sale. It was a depressing experience. The building was abandoned in the 70s, and has been pillaged over the years since. The wheel has almost completely rotted away. Worse, the river on which it operates - Le Vicoin- is being stripped of the dams that make the mills operate, so I suspect there is no chance of doing anything useful with the water power, at least in the near future. Of course, our grandchildren's generation will be rebuilding them as fast as they can, but that's irrelevant today.