South Africa’s largest wooden watermill ….

.. in Elim hasn’t been used for quite a while. Two years ago it was working nicely after a long restoration period and there were big plans for its use (grinding flour, etc.) but it seems that (local?) politics caused non-activity. Pity.

Tomorrow …

This is the last week Emile Richter shows tourists around the restored watermill in 19th century village Elim. The village land is owned by the Moravian church and only villagers are allowed to build a house on a designated plot. Emile is one of the driving forces behind the restoration of the village including upgrade of …

Elim; The old Watermill and more

(See also previous posting) It took Emile Richter the past years a lot of work and passion to restore the old watermill and he is clearly proud of it. His wish is it to use the mill again for milling wheat grains into flour as it was originally designated for. Roofs in the main road …

Watermill fusion

A fusion of two pictures (one horizontal and one vertical shot) of the oldest working watermill in South Africa which can be found off the beaten track in Elim in the Overberg region in the Western Cape.

Sunset in Elim. Anno 1824

Elim was founded and grounded as a missionary station in 1824. Wikipedia mentions that the thatchers from this village are ‘renowned’. That is a bit of an understatement as they in fact belong to the best thatchers in the world knowing that many of them are travelling around the globe engaged in prestigious thatching for …