Sunday, January 19, 2014

At The Water Mill - Grinding Grain

On the homestead, we usually ground our flour in our own solar-powered grain grinders. However, when we first moved to the farm, we used the water mill down the road. I myself never went, but my mother and some of my siblings did. (I was busy when they went so I couldn't go) I talked with them today about it and I wrote this from their point of view.
We didn't have a chance to take any pictures of the water wheel because we didn't have a camera at the time. Therefore, I'm just including a picture of our homestead to give you an idea of the nearby scenery.

Down the gravel road, up hills, through woods, and past ponds and creeks, we went to the water mill that was a mile from our house. Yes, a real water mill, in use. We walked into the small barn carrying buckets of spelt. Looking out the window, we could see the spring-fed pond and dam on one side of the water wheel and a creek on the other side. There were gears and belts that could snag a finger or pull someone in, so we had to be careful. Very careful.

We poured grain into the hopper and pulled the steal lever that opened the dam. Water rushed down and propelled the water wheel. Splish, splash. The wheel turned and the water flowed into the creek that ran through the woods. It was truly picturesque.

The water wheel turned gears that were attached to two huge belts. Those belts were hooked to the stone mill and turned the shaft. Meanwhile, the stones began to grind the wheat. Soon flour began to slowly pour out of the stones into the five-gallon bucket beneath them. The first little bit of flour was dumped out, this was to clean the stones before they ground the flour that we would use.


Outdoors the water flowed and the wheel turned, inside the flour flowed and the stones turned. After all our spelt was ground we returned the dam into its place. As we left the mill, the pond began to rise again. And we had a lot of bread to bake...

10 comments:

  1. That's cool! I've always wanted to see a real water wheel.

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    1. I've always thought water wheels were neat too! :)

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  2. When we visited down South we visited a Mill. We purchased some of their ground flours.

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    1. That's great that you experienced it too! Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

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  3. Very cool! Thanks for sharing on The HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you tomorrow. :)

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  4. That is awesome, you need to share this on Real Food Fridays. Mean while thanks for sharing on Tuesdays With a Twist.

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    1. I'm glad you found it interesting! If I remember, I'll share it on Real Food Fridays. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Very poetic and awesome post. Sounds like a wonderful life. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Have a healthy wonderful day!

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