L is for Lassiti

ABC Wednesday

High in the mountains of Crete there is a plateau which once, some years ago, was famous for windmills. The scene of so many fluttering windmills was a sight to see. It used to look exactly like this.

Lassiti Windmills as they used to be

Lassiti Windmills as they used to be

In fact these were not so much windmills, but windpumps. Almost every field had one and it used to pump water up from the ground to water the fields. This picture was taken around forty years ago. Today the water is supplied by electrical or oil driven pumps and the windmills are, alas, gone with the wind.

Today Lassiti has changed. It still grows the staples of Crete, potatoes, apples, vegetables etc. But sadly without the wonderful windmills.

Lassiti Today

Lassiti Today

But do not worry, that is the way of the modern world. There is a consolation, of course. On the edge of the Lassiti Plateau were some real windmills, built many years ago to grind the corn. Today some of them have been rebuilt to house modern people. What goes around comes around.

So here they are

So here they are

17 thoughts on “L is for Lassiti

  1. Hallo. Thank you for reading my story and telling me the plural of leaf.
    I love your old photo on the top. Greate to see all the watermills. Sad they are gone now, but thats life.
    Have a nice ABC!

  2. And in the Americas, we’re looking towards using alternate energy sources instead of oil and electricity. Windmills are on the horizon soon for many people who want to “go green.”

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