While my mother in law was growing up in Madrid, they would sometimes visit the villages. The most popular time for visiting would be August, when the harvest fiestas would be taking place. Often there would be a bullfight and other very Spanish festivities in honor of the village patron saint. The harvest would be going on, which was described to me as "La trilla", which took some figuring out to translate with out a dictionary. In English this would be "the threshing" of the wheat. Of course, grapes and other crops would be harvested at this time, too, but there seemed to be lots of photos of the threshing.
|A picnic during the harvest|
near Villar de Ciervo, Salamanca, Spain, 1940s
|Hungry men cooking in the fields|
|My husband's great aunt during the threshing|
at Puerto Seguro, 1950s
|My mother-in-law with her family at Puerto Seguro|
sometime in the 1940s- four generations!
|Puerto Seguro harvest time 1940s|
If you have family or ancestry in foreign countries, perhaps you have found similar photos?
|And so we continue to visit Spain in August!|
This is my daughter in 2002 near Puerto Seguro,
in the tiny town of Villar de la Yegua.
Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo