On a long, narrow ridge near our land stand several little cottages now in ruin. These buildings were once family homes before the migration to the the nearby towns and villages. Life must have been hard in the countryside, so when electricity, mains water and all facilities came to the rural villages it is no wonder the farming families sought out the comforts there.
What is striking about these ruins is that the rooms are so small, the ceilings low and the furniture tiny. The Spanish are now growing taller but a couple of generations ago they were invariably short. The average shoe size for the women,with their tiny feet, was only 2.
Although the cottages are in decay they are an attractive sight, especially now when they are surrounded by wild flowers. They make excellent subjects for photography and painting.