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This blog is dedicated to Malta - my island home. My aim is not to bore you with history but to share my thoughts and a few facts together with a photo or two. For a more in -depth background of the island please go here. The purpose of this blog is not to point out the short-comings of the island. There are plenty that do that already. My wish is to show you the beauty of an island at the cross roads of the Mediterranean, a melting pot of history; a place where fact and fiction are sometimes fused to create unique myths and legends; a country that has been conquered so many times that our culture is a mish mesh of the lands that surround us and of lands far away. I confess that my greatest desire is to make you fall in love with this tiny enchanting island.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

An American Windmill In Malta

There is probably not very much that the USA and  Malta have in common. But there is one structure that is a common feature in the rural landscapes of both countries. It is the humble windmill, or to use a more correct term, wind pump. These mills were used by farmers to pump water from deep under-ground to irrigate their fields. Some of these wind pumps are still in use although, sadly, many of them have been neglected and have fallen into a state of disrepair. I grew up with one of these windmills right opposite our house and I remember many a windy night that I fell asleep to the clanking sound of its steel frame. As a child I would watch the giant blades turning in the wind with a sense of awe. I hope that at least some of these American imports will be maintained for future generations to enjoy.

Almost 6 (9)

On the back-path (27)

Photographed at

Chadwick Lakes

January 2012

11 comments:

  1. Nowadays I'm sure people would complain about the noise...

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  2. I have seen some here too, I wonder if it was a Dutch emigrant who brought this to the States, because they are so specialists in windmills and mills.

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  3. Lovely...I have a smaller version of a windmill just like this in my field, it's only 7 or 8 ft. tall, but I enjoy seeing it spin.

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  4. Your photographs should be featured hardbound. Between you and M Pax, I always feel like I've taken a deep, fresh breath after I view your images.

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  5. your photos remind me of the windmills i saw while visiting arizona.

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  6. I would never have expected to see one of these in Malta!

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  7. So beautiful....and such gorgeous shots Loree!! I love Windmills...they are so magical to me...

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  8. I love those windmills...
    Greetings from France,

    Pierre

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  9. They remind of home. Hope all is well loree!
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