The Museo de Finestrat is where I take my school trips every year, and we are going there this Friday with a Year 10 Geography trip. It consists of an old village farmhouse, the Casa de la Font de Carré, and a modern purpose built ethnographic museum attached. The old farmhouse has a stable on the ground floor filled with antique donkey tack from the agricultural era now sadly vanished from these parts.
For some time I have been suggesting to the museum’s curator that we should arrange for Matilde – my biggest donkey who looks the part! – to model the donkey tack and take photos for the museum. Today this idea materialised. Matilde walked up to Finestrat with me and entered into a donkey conversation with the local history, wearing all the ancient donkey tack once worn by working animals. The curator and I took photos for the museum and for school use. I have rendered some of them in sepia here, as it somehow seems to work well with the history.
Thanks to José and the Museum of Finestrat. The museum is open weekdays until 2 pm and from 5pm till 7 pm. See the Finestrat town hall website for further details.