You will note that I am standing in a paved area surrounded by a low stone wall. Of course the view is not too shabby. This is called a gumno. The name refers to a threshing floor. A gumno is circular with a narrow entrance. When in operation, a tall wooden or metal pole is fixed at the center. Wheat is then piled on the floor, and an animal such as a horse is tethered to the pole and permitted to walk in circles as the tether shortens. At one point, the animal's direction is reversed and the process is repeated until most of the grain is separated from the chaff. The wheat grains are then gathered for milling.
The gumno is an important symbol of Montenegrin and other Balkan cultures. Not only is it a symbol of food production, but its construction facilitates gatherings. Today, gumnos are used to greet visitors who often sit and share a glass of rakia.
After their welcome, visitors would enjoy locally produced cured meats, cheeses and wine. They would have time to explore the hamlet and to watch as herders drove their cattle down the road and view a spectacular sunset over he Sea.
Mr. Jankovic had more to say about future plans which I will discuss in another post.