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Old ruins

The hardships of living in this countryside in centuries gone by are everywhere here. Old ruins. Roofs and ceilings collapsed, walls fallen, tiles foraged by passers-by. The skeletons of what were once farmhouses and outbuildings, once home to people and animals, stand as a monument to their previous inhabitants. Thick stone walls insulated against the heat of summer and the frost of winter, small windows minimised glare from the sun; all now surrounded by weeds with a coating of green moss and silvery lichen. These ruins stand isolated, a clue to the desertion of their occupants; no electricity, no running water. How hard the lives must have been of these farmers without our modern-day conveniences of broadband and satellite television, off-road vehicles and solar panels. But I know in my heart that we today have a deep connection with these disappeared people; we have all stood on our doorsteps, turned our faces to the sun and marvelled at the beauty of the countryside here.

5 to remember
en siglos pasados ​​por – in centuries gone by
una pista – a clue
la deserción de – the desertion of
las comodidades modernas – the modern-day conveniences
la puerta – the doorstep

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A ruin

Across the valley from us is an abandoned building, a ruin, used by the farmer to store farm machinery. Really, it is full of weeds and home to assorted wild animals and nesting birds. ruin1 11-3-14Someone has attempted to patch it up, there is evidence of new brickwork, but the job wasn’t finished.

Like all old Spanish buildings, the doorway is small. ruin2 11-3-14The door is missing. ruin3 11-3-14The external plasterwork is cracking: winter rain, summer drought, wind, frost. ruin4 11-3-14The windows are small too, with wooden lintels and wooden shutters. ruin6 11-3-14ruin8 11-3-14Wild figs sprout from the foundations, wild figs find a way to grow in most places around the valley. ruin7 11-3-14It’s a glimpse of what life was like here, not too many decades ago. ruin5 11-3-145 to remember
una ruina – a ruin
abandonado/a – abandoned
un edificio – a building
la maquina de la granja – farm machinery
el granjero – the farmer