On the way back home from Prekmurje I stopped at Verzej, a small town on the right side of the Mura river. There is one of the two water mills that are still left on the river. The one of Babic family is still operating in a traditional way and I wanted to make some photos of it. When I arrived only the miller’s wife was there and she was quite reserved. Her husband Vladimir joined us shortly and he was kind enough to take me around.
The production of flour. It is amazing how sophisticated this mill is, especially if you imagine that this method is centuries old!
The store room for flour sacks. In the bigger sacks there is wheat flour and in the smaller ones usually a buckwheat or rye flour. (Note the sign “photos forbidden”)
The wheel drive. This is the only part of the mill that is still on the water. Day and night – all the time, except of the high water levels.
Vladimir thinking. He was really open and he told me a lot about the mill, its history and his family. He is the fourth generation owning this mill (his daughter Karmen is running the business now). His family had experienced a lot of good and bad times. I couldn’t believe, that he runs the mill for more than 60 years already!
The power o the river. A true “green” energy.
The sign at the entrance to the mill. “Mlin” means a mill.
Every miller’s friend – a cat.
If you ever venture to Prekmurje, stop by at old Babic’s water mill! Talk to the family members and you will get a lot of interesting facts. And yes, you can buy flour there. For much more reasonable price than at the supermarkets.