Pumps and fountains.

Pompes et fontaines
Pumps and fountains

English version below the pictures

Après le repas de midi aujourd’hui je regardais rêveusement la vieille pompe à bras accrochée au mur dans notre cour et aussi la borne – fontaine juste à côté .. Seul, cette dernière fonctionne pour laver la voiture et arroser le jardin ( pas trop ) . La pompe à bras se trouvait dans la cuisine de la grand’mère de Janine bien avant la guerre .
De nos jours il y a beaucoup de robinets dans les maisons et aussi machines à laver , lave-vaisselle , salle de bain etc …. L’ eau courante circule dans toutes les parties des maisons et la consommation est importante , trop !

Pompe aspirante et foulante dans la cour.
Hand lit- and- force pump in the backyard
Fontaine dans la cour
“public” drinking fountain in the backyard

After the meal at noon today I looked like in a dream at the old hand pump hung at the wall in our backyard and also at the « public « fountain just its side . . Only this last is working and used to wash the car or water a part of the garden ( not too much ) . The hand pump was in Janine ‘ grandmother ‘ s kitchen a long time before the war II .
Nowadays there are many taps in the houses and also wash machine, dishwasher , bathroom etc…; The water is running in all parts of the houses and the consumption is high , too high .

Je connus un temps où les gens n ‘ utilisaient pas l ‘ eau si facilement et l’ économisaient . La photo ci – dessous montre mes grands parents , côté maternel , en face de leur maison dans un petit village avant la 2ème guerre mondiale ..Pas d’ eau courante mais un puits dans la cour .Un seau se trouvait à l’ entrée à l’intérieur avec de l’ eau propre et fraîche venant du puits. Il fallait y faire attention car elle servait pour la toilette et la cuisine . D’ autres seaux étaient utilisés pour abreuver le bétail . Pas de salle de bain , ni de toilettes intérieures naturellement .
Les voisins venaient chercher leur eau à ce puits . Cette maison a été détruite par une bombe en 1944 et une autre reconstruite vers 1950mais toujours sans eau courante .D ‘ ailleurs ma grand’mère refusait. « Pourquoi avoir l’ eau courante puisque j’ ai un bon puits , jamais sec «

My grand parents on the left ( my mother side ) in front of their house before the war II
Mes grands parents maternels ( sur la gauche ) devant leur maison avant la guerre

I knew a time where people did not use water so easily and saved it . The picture above shows my mother side grand parents in front of their house in a small village before the war II . They have no water running in the house but a well in their yard . A bucket was standing inside the entrance containing the clean and fresh water coming from the well . We had to take care of it because this water was used for cooking and washing. Others buckets were used for the cattle drinking !!No bathroom of course and toilets outside , of course . The neighbours came to take the water at this well This house has been destroyed by a bomb in 1944 and another has been rebuilt in about 1950 but always without tap inside . Besides my grandmother refused . “Why to have the water running in the house since I have a good well never dried !

Dans les années 30 certaines maisons, même récentes, avaient un robinet intérieur comme celle de mes parents qui était neuve . Sur la photo ci – dessous le robinet d’ eau froide est juste derrière ma mère préparant un poulet près de l’ évier ( 1952 ) . Cette maison se situait dans une petite ville et beaucoup d’ habitations n’ avaient pas l’ eau courante . Les gens allaient chercher leur eau à la borne fontaine publique sur le trottoir comme celle photographiée ci – dessus .

Ma mère devant l ‘ évier avec son robinet à eau froide ( 1952 . Photo M.Fauquet )
My mother in front of the sink and its cold water tap ( hidden by her )

In the years 1930’s some houses had a tap inside such my parents ‘ house which was new . On the picture above the cold water tap is just behind my mother who was preparing a chicken in near the sink ( 1952 ). The house was standing in a little town and many others had no tap inside . People went to take their water to the pubic drinking fountains on the sidewalk such the one in our backyard ( pictured above )

En ces temps l ‘ eau était précieuse et économisée . La vie était plus dure mais on ne manquait pas d ‘ eau ici ou là, les sources étaient abondantes et il y avait des truites sauvages dans les rivières qui n’ étaient pas polluées .

Well, at this time water was saved and was precious . Life was harder than now but there was no lack of water here and there ,the sources were abundant and there were wild trouts in the rivers, not polluted .
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I wish to all of my American friends a happy THANKSGIVING 2019

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104 Responses to Pumps and fountains.

  1. mrswrangler says:

    An interesting piece of history. I hope you have a wonderful Holiday season my dear friend. Water is precious and you take it for granted having it in the house until a line breaks or a pump goes out leaving you without water. Than you realise how lucky you are.

  2. Annalì Sa says :La foto de ta mère est très belle… et toi, tu lui ressembles beaucoup!

  3. cjjustice1 says:

    You bring to my mind my upbringing in the Philippines, where water also was very precious back in 1958-1960, when we lived in a (then) small town. We collected rain water in tanks, and we had a well that we could draw water from with a bucket. The water had to be boiled before we could use it. There was an outdoor toilet and shower, but we learned to be very careful with our use of water – especially when showering. We would need to turn off the shower except when initially getting wet, and when rinsing off. I recall that when we came to the U.S., we had “culture shock” at the wastefulness of the precious commodity of water.
    Thanks you for your Thanksgiving greeting, Michel. I know that we all are aware of the need to be thankful always – but I am glad that there is one day that celebrates “being thankful”! I am very thankful for your friendship!
    Love ❤
    Carolyn

  4. Ma grand mère avait une pompe à bras, dans la cuisine, qui pompait l’eau d’un puits qui était sous l’entrée de sa ferme. L’évier s’évacuait directement dans la cour par un trou dans le mur. Pas de salle d’eau, pas de toilettes. L’eau chaude était fournie par la cuisinière à bois. Pas d’autre chauffage. Dans les années 60, mon père lui a installé une pompe électrique affreusement bruyante. Puis sont arrivés le poêle à fioul, l’eau courante, le ballon d’eau chaude, le si bien nommé tout-à-l’égout, la salle d’eau.
    Douce soirée, Michel et Janine.

    • Merci pour ton témoignage intéressant, Gilles,. J’ ai lu ton commentaire à Janine à qui il a rappelé ses souvenirs d’une ferme picarde, non loin de la Baie de Somme, aux environs de 1948. C ‘était comme tu le décris .

      • Ma grand mère était à Courville, dans la Marne. La ferme est encore dans la famille mais bien modernisée !
        Douce soirée à vous deux.

      • Merci et du coup j’ ai regardé sur Google ce qu’on disait sur Courville . C ‘ est un village qui a une longue histoire . Merci.

      • Un beau village avec une très belle église. Toutefois, comme souvent dans cette partie de la champagne, les fermes sont tournées vers leurs cours et n’offrent au monde extérieur qu’un mur aveugle et une porte monumentale. Courville a l’air désert, peu vivant et peu accueillant.
        Merci et douce soirée, Michel.

      • Je me souviens avoir acheté du champagne dans l’est de la Bourgogne. C ‘était une petite ferme, une famille très modeste

  5. sherazade says:

    Bellissimi ricordi bella bella la fotografia di tua mamma con i suoi genitori🌹
    Potrebbe essere assurdo ma si viveva meglio con cose e vita più semplice.

    Shera

  6. puffpop says:

    How very interesting! Wars have been fought for water. I know that I am absolutely spoiled when it comes to using water and would have to radically change my behavior if I lived in the times of my grandmother.

    Down here in FL, we have good water sources, springs , wells, very plentiful. A lot of golf courses use so much water. I have an automatic sprinkling system that comes on 2 mornings per week. I water plants that are in pots with a sprinkling can that I fill with the outside water source. Even though I live alone , I wash several times a week…When I was a kid, we didn’t have the automatic washer and washed only one day per week.

    Of course the pets need water and Lollipop likes to put her toys in the drinking water that they share…Oh so much. We need water as much as we need air. The Bible is full of stories about wells and what happened. The woman at the well that Jesus spoke to and in the Old Testament,, Jacobs well… In Cleveland, our source of water was Lake Erie.,

    This was long…got carried away.
    I am praying for you for the 13th of December.

    Love,
    Votre amie.

  7. calmkate says:

    a delightful snapshot of history … some inner city Sydney areas only had a tap in the backyard last century. Those Churches charged very high rent for such poor housing!
    Easy to see where your good looks come from Michel 🙂

  8. Susan Joos says:

    I had a great-aunt that lived in a very small town where outhouses and hand pumps in the kitchen were modern conveniences! This would have been in the very early 60’s, I think. The pump in the kitchen was a great novelty to us and we were prohibited from using it just for fun. We were much less enthusiastic about the outdoor toilet facilities!

    It was altogether a tedious visit to the four of us (two sets of brothers & sisters) children, who were banished to chilly formal front room, with its massive Victorian formal pieces and uncomfortable sofas. Nothing for children to do but argue with each other or get into trouble for banging on the piano!

    • I see the hand pumps have had a long duration . . It was a progress at this time . No need to carry the water from outside .
      A stay at a great aunt was not necessarily the best place for 4 chilren , Susan!! 🙂
      Love ❤
      Michel

  9. Gayle Smith says :How interesting! I remember my grandparents having a pump and well water but their’s was an ugly black one! Love the pictures of your mom and grandparents. Take care Michel……God bless.

  10. blb1 says:

    My maternal Grandparents had a hand pump outside the back door. My mother spoke of no refrigerator for awhile so she had to go the spring to get things kept there. Then she talked of the ice box and how she enjoyed eating ice chips on the mans wagon that delivered ice blocks.

    I remember our first refrigerator freezer only held just about ice cube trays and small packages of meat. I hated defrosting that thing!

    I grew up with outhouse in the back yard until dad could get the basement done enough to put the toilet and shower and sink in it. Of course Grandma had an outhouse too. I don’t remember one at dad’s mom’s.
    Water also came from wells until my folks moved to town.

  11. What a wonderful post, Michel. Your mother was a beautiful woman and I appreciate her attitude . God bless you and Janine.

    Love,
    Julie

  12. Rachel says:

    Love the pictures of your family! Having been “off grid” for five years, I can appreciate the lifestyle. Now, living at Meredith’s, I enjoy all the amenities. It is different, but better for my health.
    Big family dinner tomorrow. We count our blessings. One of them is you! ❤️

  13. Marion says:

    Very interesting, Michel! It’s hard for us these days to fully appreciate how people lived without the “on tap” conveniences we have now. Imagine having to keep going outside to collect water! But, people accepted this as it was the normal thing to do. I love the pictures of your grandparents and mother. When you think now how many people have a couple bathrooms in the house, and water is used much more than maybe it should. Water is a precious recourse.

  14. Very interesting! You have a rich family heritage Michel.

  15. judyrutrider says:

    Great post! I love looking back at your family’s history.

  16. murisopsis says:

    A wonderful reminiscence focused on water! The first house we bought had a “dry sink” in the kitchen. The previous home owner installed plumbing and electrical service in 1940 -1941. The house had been built in 1922. The bathroom had only a cast iron claw footed bath tub – no shower. I wish I still had that tub as the fiberglass tubs don’t hold the heat like the old ones! I am fortunate that we have an abundance of water. When we travel we try to conserve water – especially in areas where drought is a concern!

  17. The photos of your beautiful mom, and your grandparents, are precious and priceless!
    Your families water-history is interesting, Michel!
    Thank goodness for pipes, pumps, fountains, and other sources that carry water to human-beans, animals, plants, gardens, trees, etc.
    HUGS!!! 🙂
    PS… Continued prayers for you!

  18. Stéphanie says:

    Nous gaspillons notre planète avec notre surconsommation et notre style de vie non-contrôlé.

    Est-ce serait la maison de Woignarue, celle avec la cour, le puits, les seaux extérieurs ?

    Souvenirs

    Stéphanie

    • Merci Stéphanie. Non ces photos ne viennent pas de Woignarue où habitait la grand-mère de Janine mais ce sont mes grandparents et ma mère .
      Par conrte les vaches du précédent post étaient dans une pâture de Woignarue .

  19. suester7 says:

    I love how you weave your family history into the story of the pump outside your house.

    Singapore does not have enough water to feed its people, so we buy our water from Malaysia. We also recycle (and treat) sewage water, and use it for drinking. Another thing we do is take water from the sea and desalinate it. Because of all these water treatments, the price of water here is high. But we do enjoy the convenience of water flowing freely from our taps. I am thankful that though I live in a country without sufficient natural drinking water, we are not deprived of this valuable resource.

    • I realize that water is very precious in Singapore, Suzy. Thank you for your information
      Here I realized that when it was dry for 4 months this year. We would have prayed for rain.

  20. Lavinia Ross says:

    I always enjoy reading about life in another time, Michel. I love these photos of your family. Yes, people wisely conserved more back then. Technology has been both a blessing and a curse as the years continue.

  21. Wonderful photographs Michel. So nostalgic. Just 15 years ago living In Germany we had to heat our bathing water and there was no washing machine in our landlords beautiful home. We were lucky to get one from the military base and of course both I and my land lady were glad. Water was a precious commodity even then. .I love reading your history
    Dear Michel, such a lovely family and home! Thank you for sharing these photos and stories of past years. It’s wonderful to read! ❤️

  22. guestbrief says:

    Water is a precious thing! It is a different world with the wells and pumps outside!
    Thank you, Happy thanksgiving to you also! ❤

  23. In our province, we have large companies that take spring water at a very cheap rate and sell it as bottled water. Almost every house has a dishwasher too. I think we waste so much water and I’m glad your entry also reminds us to conserve this precious resource.

  24. Fauquet JB says:

    Une photo de tes grands parents que je n’avais jamais vue . C’est si intéressant . Le confort à laisser sa place au gaspillage de cette ressource si précieuse

  25. kmaidy says:

    bonsoir Michel,
    nous n’arrivons même pas à nous imaginer sans eau courante , dès que nous tournons le robinet, il faut que l’eau coule , et en plus, de la froide et de la chaude selon nos besoins !
    Elle est belle votre pompe dans la cour, mais c’est certain, il nous en faut plus pour notre confort !
    bises amicales !

    • Je crois que nous avons pris de mauvaises habitudes avec beaucoup d’insouciance, Maidy.
      La pompe à bras nous rappelle la réalité que vivaient os ancêtres il n’y a pas si longtemps .

  26. kmaidy says:

    oui, nous savons tous qu’il faut faire très attention à l’eau, un bien très précieux !
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    • Nous en avons eu la preuve dans mon secteur où nous avons été quatre mois sans eau de Juin à Septembre; une vrai catastrophe pour les jardins potagers!

      • kmaidy says:

        bonsoir Michel,
        étiez vous complètement sans eau courante ?
        ici l’été a été très sec aussi, heureusement que maintenant tout est à nouveau bien vert !

      • Par “sans eau” ,je voulais dire sans pluie , Maidy. Donc potager sec.
        Mais paradoxalement nous avons toujours eu ici de l’eau courante non rationnée . Les nappes aquifères devaient être bien chargées

  27. The matching green of the public water fountain and the watering can is appealing and amusing to me.
    I enjoyed your water history.

  28. neilc693 says:

    It is a common misconception that groundwater is a renewable resource. We would all do well to become a little wiser but somehow I doubt society will go that way soon, which is worrisome. In Hawaii sometimes a period of drought forces water rationing and surcharges.

    • I remember, Neil, cliffs, seaside or not, from where the water flowed inat the level of the layers of impermeable rocks. Nowadays this is dry. Too much pumping and the massive use of water have depleted groundwater.

  29. Anne-Marie says:

    Magnifiques histoires et images et gens, dont le beau sourire de ta maman, Michel.

    Je m’imagine aussi que le poulet devait être excellent en cette époque où tout était encore naturellement bio.

    Et cela me rappelle notre séjour de 4 ans au Caire au milieu des années 70 où nous n’avions pas d’eau chaude à la cuisine non plus. On chauffait alors l’eau dans une casserole pour faire la vaisselle. Et cela allait aussi …

    Amitiés, AM

  30. weggieboy says:

    Where I live on the Great Plains of the USA, electricity and indoor plumbing oftentimes didn’t “happen” in the country till the late 1950s. The grandmother of one of my friends lived in a sod house until the 1960s! It was a nice one, with some modern updates, like a proper wooden roof, but everyone still had to go outside in the weather to use the toilet.

  31. bernard25 says:

    Coucou toi , mon Ami MICHEL Chez nous on trouve encore des anciennes fontaines dans les cimetières

    Dans le chemin du bonheur
    Il existe des virages nommés erreurs
    Des feux de signalisation nommés amis ou amies
    Des lumières de précaution nommées famille
    Sur la route comme en famille et en amitié
    Tout se paie comme au péage
    Mais tout peut être accompli
    Comme un pneu de rechange nommé Décision
    Dans le cœur tu as un puissant moteur nommé Amour
    Dans la tète un réservoir avec beaucoup de carburant nommé Patience
    Mais en toi tu as surtout un conducteur expert nommé Courage
    Pardonne ces erreurs
    Je te souhaite une belle journée ou soirée
    Bisou amical Bernard

  32. mlbncsga says:

    Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful, Mornin Glorie…I’ve read back enough to know about your surgery on the 19th, I will be praying for good results. Yes, water is most important and we would be wise to be prudent with it. Proverbs 5:15 says “Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well”. ILYM

  33. LGail says:

    I remember pulling water up from a well bucket at each of my Grandmother’s homes. My husband’s grandmother saved her dishwater to water her plants outside. My parents had a spigot at the kitchen and bathroom. Things are so much easier now.

  34. nhislop says:

    We would all be better off if we lived the way your grandparents did. I do not think people are willing to go back to that, though. We need to find something in the middle to save our earth for the future!

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