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Wroclaw 44 | 5,387
9 Dec 2011 #1,291
Nope, we aren`t Scots opposite the Hadrian Wall, either!

something biskupin related
Seanus 15 | 19,706
9 Dec 2011 #1,292
Ok, pawian, you know best ;) Is it JPII? ;)
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
9 Dec 2011 #1,293
something biskupin related

Ok, pawian, you know best ;) Is it JPII? ;)

Come on, guys, you are compatriots of Sherlock Holmes, can`t you use his deduction methods?

First of all, ask yourself and answer this question: Whose tower is it?

Ok, pawian, you know best ;)

Yes, I do. Even if it* is not in popular usage today, it will be sooner or later. The language is a living creature, it is evolving on our eyes. I am only slightly ahead of its evolution.

Simple as that.

* exaggerated in the sense of overdosing alcohol.
Seanus 15 | 19,706
9 Dec 2011 #1,294
Tusk's private tower? His annual getaway? ;) Is that where he keeps JK when he becomes 'inconvenient and awkward'?
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
9 Dec 2011 #1,295
Is that where he keeps JK when he becomes 'inconvenient and awkward'?

You mean a vodoo doll?
Seanus 15 | 19,706
10 Dec 2011 #1,296
Does Tusk do voodoo or does voodoo do him?
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
10 Dec 2011 #1,297
There is a small statue/figure in the tower. What?

So, you need more time for that.

Next one:

1 Where do sheep usually graze in Krakow?
Seanus 15 | 19,706
10 Dec 2011 #1,298
Passing that off as Poland, pawian? ;) ;) That's the NE of Scotland :)

My guess would be just outside the city :)
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
10 Dec 2011 #1,299
My guess would be just outside the city :)

You will be surprised. :):):):)
gumishu 11 | 5,017
10 Dec 2011 #1,300
the figurine is one of Saint Florian who is a patron of fire fighters and the tower is part of a volunteer fire brigade post
Seanus 15 | 19,706
10 Dec 2011 #1,301
I'll pass, pawian, as I don't know Kraków well enough. As you know, I was there not so long ago but I really don't know the city so well. However, I sense that that area is not so far from Wawel. I didn't explore one side of it so it could be there.
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
10 Dec 2011 #1,302
the figurine is one of Saint Florian who is a patron of fire fighters and the tower is part of a volunteer fire brigade post

Gumi, I was waiting for you! Perfect!
boletus 30 | 1,366
13 Dec 2011 #1,303
Where do sheep usually graze in Krakow?

Disclaimer: I know very little of Kraków. But a puzzle is a puzzle. So, following the Sherlock Holmes footsteps:

1. Kraków Zoo (I saw pictures of Mane Sheep and Heather Sheep there)

2. University of Agriculture, Department of Animal Sciences, Chair of Breeding of Sheep and Goats - Experimental Station in Bielany

3. Błonie Meadows. Are there any trees? It looks like there are some at the borders. And I saw this article from September 9, 2011,

So it must have been a sensation. Sheep came there on 8th, and you were there with your camera three days later, on Sunday. How am I doing dr. Watson?
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
13 Dec 2011 #1,304
1. Kraków Zoo (I saw pictures of Mane Sheep and Heather Sheep there)

There are a few but not so many as in......

Błonie Meadows. Are there any trees? It looks like there are some at the borders. And I saw this article from September 9, 2011, So it must have been a sensation.

Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Excellent, Howmes!
rybnik 18 | 1,462
26 Mar 2012 #1,306
storing potatoes? A root cellar?
polishmama 3 | 279
26 Mar 2012 #1,307
I'm going to say this is a root cellar, assuming it's doorway is pointing South. The reason it would be outside the modern fence line would be because properties used to extend all the way to the road.

Btw, I'm curious. Where was this taken? :) Similar to this one and many others...
normalnyfacet - | 31
26 Mar 2012 #1,308
Thanks for your answers, it's facing south-east (I think)

Btw, I'm curious. Where was this taken?

Just outside of Kielce
normalnyfacet - | 31
26 Mar 2012 #1,310
I didn't know when I posted the photo, but I think we can quite safely say it's a root cellar
polishmama 3 | 279
26 Mar 2012 #1,311
One of my Ciocias has one pretty similar on her property and she said it was a root cellar (piwnica) that was older than her Babcia :) It faced the general direction of South to let in light.
boletus 30 | 1,366
28 Mar 2012 #1,312
she said it was a root cellar (piwnica)

Well, actually Polish does not map well to English here. Piwnica means usually the lowest underground level of the building.

piwnica = general purpose cellar (but not basement apartment-wise)
piwnica na ziemniaki = cellar for potatoes
piwnica na wino = wine cellar
piwnica na węgiel = coal cellar
piwnica z kotłownią, pralnią = cellar with boiler room, laundry room

Translating from basement in English to Polish gets you to all of the above + suterena.

suterena=basement apartment

"Root cellar" has also inconsistent mapping from Polish.

kopiec = mount, knoll
kopiec na warzywa (buraki, ziemniaki) = storage clamp or (less correctly) root cellar

ziemianka = dugout (shelter)
ziemianka na warzywa, owoce = root cellar
polishmama 3 | 279
29 Mar 2012 #1,313
I really wish I was still on speaking terms with my mother. I'd love to pick her brains on this. Since her side is the side from the villages, my father's side is all city dwellers from higher classes. I'll have to ask my father about this, perhaps he might have some small knowledge on it.

I fondly remember staying at another Ciocia's flat in the countryside and inhaling all of her green apple compote that she had put aside for the winter. I apologized profusely afterwards, but it was so delicious! And she stored it in the piwnica of the apartment building. I might have the two memories of the words and storages intertwined in my memory. The root cellar my other Ciocia had that was in the ground was something else to see inside. She said it was very old and it certainly looked like it. You had to bring a flashlight with you to go in and it really was very cool and dark inside compared to the outside. There was also a wooden cross inside and some other items on a shelf. I have no idea what their purpose was, perhaps some old country superstition to protect the food in the root cellar.
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
2 Jun 2012 #1,314
Shytt, I almostt forgott about this thread.

What is this structure? Tip: I am from Krakow.
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
3 Jun 2012 #1,316
Hmm, too early to say.

PS. Didn`t you study in Krakow for a while?
rybnik 18 | 1,462
3 Jun 2012 #1,317
Didn`t you study in Krakow for a while?

my first year
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
3 Jun 2012 #1,318
Oh, I see. So you didn`t do much sightseeing in and around Krakow. First years of medicine are very exhausting.

So, next riddle. What are the typical tasks of this Polish military formation?
rybnik 18 | 1,462
3 Jun 2012 #1,319
What are the typical tasks of this Polish military formation?

to look intimidating? to give directions? ................now powaznie: crowd control?
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
3 Jun 2012 #1,320
to look intimidating? to give directions? ................

:):):):)

Nope.

now powaznie: crowd control?

Sorry, nope. The military don`t do crowd control, it is the police`s task.

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