SLOW ASTERN

Jeff Soan’s Ikaria 1974 – NEROMILOS 3

NEROMILOS 3
Watermill

In the millhouse itself is the above arrangement. Grain is fed to the hopper situated above the millstones – the amount entering the hole in the top stone controlled by an adjustable feeder. Ground flow exits through a hole in the lower stone and into the flour trough. The brake probably deflected the flow of water away from the paddles.

With the decline of population and thus the decline of home grown wheat the mill lost business and finally ceased to operate in 1953.

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Jeff Soan’s Ikaria 1974 – Ayia Kiriaki
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‘Slow Astern’ is a position on the engine telegraph located inside the bridge of a ship. It’s purpose is to transmit the orders of the captain to the engine room below decks. ‘Slow astern’ means ‘slowly backwards’. In Greek it is ‘ΟΠΙΣΘΕΝ ΗΡΈΜΑ’. I am using this nautical term as a metaphor to say ‘slowly back to the past’ or if you wish, «a calm and sobber throwback in time».Hello!
In case some readers thought that all I love about my favorite island is nature, I hope this post will make them change their minds. Because, connected with that nature, inside that nature, befriended with that nature, a very peculiar civilization developed…

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