A New Start

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Photo Copyright Shaktiti Sharma

The windmill had remained empty for many years, silence ruled in it’s cold heart. The miller Mr Johnson had died intestate and family wrangles had kept the mill silence for twenty years. Today a new owner had purchased the mill Mr Ali Qurishi, he intended to put the mill back to work. His first action was to fetch the two family querns and place them in the mill, good karma was everything. Now he fetched the family and told them to set the querns to work and produce stone ground flour. Fame came in small portions, the family prospered.

This Post Has 27 Comments

  1. neilmacdon

    I’ve learned a new word – quern. Thanks, Michael

  2. Sandra

    Interesting story. Giant oaks from little acorns grow, when fertilised with hard work and dedication. Good one.

  3. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    Quern…new word for me, too. No need for apostrophe though. querns, not quern’s. An apostrophe denotes possession not plural. Aside from that, a good story.



    1. Michael Humphris

      When will I learn, it seems never, perhaps there is a loose wire in the wiring of my brain. Thank you Rochelle.

  4. Claire Fuller

    Great to be able to cover so many years in such a short piece. Nicely done.

  5. Iain Kelly

    Loved the history packed into this tale. Nice one.

  6. ceayr

    Cleverly worked tale, Michael.

  7. Morgan

    Nice knowing the actual word for these 🙂 Fame Does come in small portions…nice purposeful little message there 😉

    1. Michael Humphris

      I believe that there is a more correct term for this style of quern but my memory fails me. I am glad that the messages came across. Mike

  8. Lynn Love

    I like that idea – bringing something new from something old and dilapidated, a phoenix from the ashes. Super, hopeful story

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am pleased that you enjoyed the story. Thank you Mike

      1. Lynn Love

        My pleasure 🙂

  9. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    I think this shows entrepreneurship in the best of ways.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you, the reuse of old buildings in a sympathetic way is close to my heart. I am glad that my story worked. At first I did think that this prompt picture was going to beat me.

  10. gahlearner

    Combining tradition with the new, and thriving. Isn’t that how it should be? Great story.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Absolutely, I am so pleased that you liked this story. Mike

  11. wmqcolby

    Lots of stuff concentrated in that story. Good work, Mike!

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am glad you enjoyed the story. Mike

  12. spicedmullings

    I liked the sense of old is gold and old way of doing things yields good results, in time!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you, today we had a garage sale, and we ended up gaining a 1950 typewriter and 1950 record player. My grandchildren loved using the old gear!!!

  13. creatingahome

    I like this very much.

  14. draliman

    Nice, bringing the mill back to life and prosperity. From the context I guessed what a “quern” was but Googled it just to be sure 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      It is good to see neglected buildings put back to use, thank you for commenting. Mike

  15. aliciajamtaas

    A well told story of success. Taking time often pays off.

  16. lingeringvisions by Dawn

    A lovely family story.

  17. patriciaruthsusan

    This shows what the family accomplished by working together. We can all learn from this story. Good writing, Mike. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you, Suzanne.

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