Sunday, June 24, 2007

Building 'il-hajt tas-sejjieh' rubble wall

Last week I had the opportunity to see these men hard at work in the heat building this rubble wall. When I say hard at work in this heat I really do mean it is hard work , because even walking in this can be too much let alone working. So to this I add that I appreciate and I feel for all the workers out there working out side in the heat.


talj said...

I have always wondered just how people can work in such heat, being in the UK we never really have that problem! We haven't seen heat for months!!

I've left a message for you in my blog post for today you can check it out HERE

Have a nice Sunday :o)

Anonymous said...

Heat is relative. I think we can all get used to more or less heat or cold but it might take generations. I am guessing these workers are used to the heat they work in. I do, like you, have more respect for those who labor under the sun.

Abraham Lincoln
Wishing you the best of both worlds

Peter said...

I was "off" for a few days and now checked the end of the sea cruise! It would of course have been nicer to be on the boat that building this wall!

I hope these workeres are allowed a siesta during the hottest hours. Are there some rules about ocer which temerature you should not be obliged to work outside. I remember from a hot trip to China that people were supposed not to work when it was 40° or more, but the official temperature never exceeds 39!

Ex-Shammickite said...

Building a stone wall is very hard work in that excessive heat. And I think thie is a dry stone wall... with no cement to hold the stones together?

Steve Buser said...

My guess this is a fence? Interesting how they fit it together with no mortar.

Thanks for stopping by

berzy said...

I agrre with Abraham, he wrote
" I do, like you, have more respect for those who labor under the sun."

Yes, I really feel for them. I remember seeing men cutting huge limestone slabs by hand, down in the quarries. That was really hard work especially during the hot summer.

Back in 1950 they were only paid 10 shillings a day, a single dollar of today. It was slave labour cause standard wages were nearly double that amount.

Dina, what's the name of that road ?


Dina said...

berzy, this is Zurrieq road, there is a windmill in the field behind the wall they are building, I will send you the photo of the windmill by email.

Peter, glad you are back. Workers in the summer usually start as early as 4am and try to finish by noon.

ex-shami, this is why I posted the photo because it's sort of an art the way they built these walls.

Steve, these walls are used liked fences and you find them around fields too.