How to thresh your wheat without a combine harvester

I am thrilled to be able to share this rare footage from the 60s which tells an agrarian tale of Cartajima at that time. The compilation was made by our town hall for the village feria in 2013 and was shown in the square to a large and appreciative audience, eager to recognise family members.

For those of us who live here, it is fascinating to see what has changed and what remains exactly the same. Whilst the roads have been tarmacked and the houses done up, Los Riscos, the craggy hills lying behind the village remain untouched by the intervening decades as does the obvious joie de vivre of the community.

I have long tried to understand how eras were used: these perfectly symmetrical stone circles (dating some say to Islamic times) are dotted around the landscape and were used for threshing wheat and other cereal crops. But how exactly has mystified me. Silvia, who has worked in the hotel for ten years, remembers being with her father as they were pulled by a mule around and around the era at the entrance to the village – the very one in the video.

The action of the era starts at about 0.50 into the video and at about 17.50 becomes less interesting for non-Cartajimeños.