Months ago I mentioned that my husband was preparing a post on ‘noras’, he’s fascinated by these Iberian water systems. Well that post still hasn’t quite been written but I’m confident it will arrive one day!

Looks like it is still in use

Looks like it is still in use

In the meanwhile I thought I would ‘whet your appetite’ with a few photographs of what we are talking about, and after I typed my title I realised it was also a great opportunity to partake in Cate’s Six Word Saturday challenge!

Noras (taken from the Arabic word noria) are wells with mechanical systems to raise and store the water.  Some of the wells are incredibly deep, and quite often they have aqueducts attached.

Most of the ones we have come across are now abandoned and those that aren’t use motorised pumps rather than mules.

As I said an in-depth post will be appearing here soon, but before I go let me leave you with something intriguing ‘nora’ is also the Portuguese for daughter-in-law. Hope there isn’t a connection!

Nora