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Poland in photo riddles - part 2


jon357 63 | 15,378
22 Oct 2020 #331
Is it your działka?
OP pawian 175 | 13,552
22 Oct 2020 #332
:):) Jon, you guessed it is a działka, or an urban plot/allotment, but not mine, of course.

And this?



jon357 63 | 15,378
22 Oct 2020 #333
Is it Midsummer Night?
mafketis 24 | 8,928
23 Oct 2020 #334
I don't see a yellow triangle house being burned, so...... now. It's two early for Noc Kupały or Noc Świętojańska

It's about the right time for the Malta alternative theater festival in Poznań (full of random events like this) but I don't think he'd be there and the geography looks wrong....
jon357 63 | 15,378
23 Oct 2020 #335
Noc Kupały or Noc Świętojańska

The group I belong to just do a bonfire with a small ceremony then release Wianki into the river.

The date is close-ish though.
Joker 2 | 1,241
23 Oct 2020 #336
And this?

Its #0000 steel wool (extra fine)

Did you use a 9V battery to ignite it?

An attempt at light painting, but not a very good one.
Joker 2 | 1,241
23 Oct 2020 #337
Perhaps, with some practice you might be able to take a decent photo someday:)



OP pawian 175 | 13,552
24 Oct 2020 #338
An attempt at light painting, but not a very good one.

I thought we are supposed to present riddle photos, not the masterpieces of photographic art. As usual, you didn`t read the title of the thread where you are posting. hahaha

jon and maf, yes, I think we can accept your replies - it is a special event - not national Night or whatever, just an annual holiday of the housing estate we live in .

Pandemics shopping continued: What two kinds of produce can you see in the very middle of the photo?



jon357 63 | 15,378
24 Oct 2020 #339
There are globe artichokes (karczochy) there. I can't figure out what's to their left, wrapped in plastic. They look like yellowish ogórki kiszone but maybe aren't.
OP pawian 175 | 13,552
24 Oct 2020 #340
Yes, artichokes - my fav. And indeed, we need the name for the FRUIT to the left.
mafketis 24 | 8,928
24 Oct 2020 #341
@pawian

star fruit is what it's called where I'm from
OP pawian 175 | 13,552
24 Oct 2020 #342
Wow! Exactly, In Poland it is called karambola. Funny name. I buy it from time to time but having a sweet tooth, I don`t appreciate this fruit too much.

What is this and why?



Chemikiem 6 | 2,319
25 Oct 2020 #343
Probably too obvious but is it part of Dożynki/harvest festival?
OP pawian 175 | 13,552
25 Oct 2020 #344
Yes, we can say so - it took place on 15.08.
OP pawian 175 | 13,552
22 Nov 2020 #345
What? nearly a month has passed without a riddle?



dolnoslask 6 | 3,046
22 Nov 2020 #346
End of term bribes for Teachers?, I can see you enjoy a drop of the hard stuff
OP pawian 175 | 13,552
22 Nov 2020 #347
But it is wasted on me coz I hate those smelly perfumed alcohols. Yet, everybody thinks that if I am an English teacher, I should enjoy whisky. How wrong! So, I offer it to my family members and friends during various occassions - they have no objections whatsoever.

I know you would like some, too. hahahaha

What model planes can you see?:



dolnoslask 6 | 3,046
22 Nov 2020 #348
I know you would like some, too. hahahaha

No I stopped drinking hard liquor in my 30's now its a glass of red with a Sunday roast.

But was I correct? was it end of term presents?
Atch 17 | 3,319
22 Nov 2020 #349
smelly perfumed alcohols

How is whiskey a smelly, 'perfumed' alcohol?
Spike31 2 | 1,963
22 Nov 2020 #350
Whiskey is not perfumed. It's a smell of malt and oak barrels.
Anyway, of all the alcohols in the world cabernet sauvignon smells the best
Poloniusz 2 | 150
22 Nov 2020 #351


Malt spirits have been produced in Poland since the 15th century.

So the whole notion that the Anglo-termed whisky/whiskey equivalent (also dated back to 15th century) is unique to the British Isles only is simply a marketing myth.
OP pawian 175 | 13,552
22 Nov 2020 #352
now its a glass of red with a Sunday roast.

I see. I suspected you of worse drinking coz sometimes you go so wild in the forum, you are totally not yourself and I attributed it to alcohol.

But was I correct? was it end of term presents?

Yes, of course, except that they were farewell gifts from private lesson students (or rather their parents). In regular schooling I receive flowers most of which I leave in the staffroom. Cats nibble at them at home and puke all over the floor later on.

How is whiskey a smelly, 'perfumed' alcohol?

Well, probably it isn`t but that`s my subjective opinion. If I had to drink a glass of whisky in a few gulps, I would puke. I wouldn`t in case of Polish clear vodka.

It's a smell of malt and oak barrels.

Malt is OK coz I even like malt beers, buit those oaks are disgusting. Yuk!
Atch 17 | 3,319
22 Nov 2020 #353
a marketing myth.

The picture you posted shows Starka which is made from rye, not barley and the rye is raw, not malted- or at least that's the traditional way of making it anyway.

People with access to grain have been distilling alcohol from it for God knows how long, but that doesn't make it whiskey. The oldest licensed producer of malt whiskey in the world is Bushmills in Ireland. Even the name whiskey, comes from the Gaelic 'usice', pronounced 'ish-ka'. Whiskey as in a malt whiskey, at least triple distilled is definitely Irish, Scotch is somewhat different, bourbon and so on are different again.
Poloniusz 2 | 150
22 Nov 2020 #354


Malt spirits have been produced in Poland since the 15th century.

Absolutely. Going all the way back to the Kingdom of Poland and the subsequent Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Even today former Polish lands such as today's Belarus also continue the ancient tradition of producing malt spirits.
Atch 17 | 3,319
22 Nov 2020 #355
Well, actually, if anything the Starka Malt is the marketing myth - at any rate it's a new product. The exact recipe of original Starka is a secret but here's the general gist:

Szczecińska Fabryka Wódek's general process is:

They begin with distilled rye spirits. The raw distillate is then diluted to approximately 120 proof. The diluted alcohol is aged in large wooden vessels for approximately a year. After a year, other (secret) ingredients are added to the raw distillate and then this mixture is put into barrels for aging. The aging lasts from 3-70 years. At some point in this process, the liquid is subjected to freezing temperatures. After the appropriate aging, the alcohol is allowed to warm to ambient temperature, bottled and distributed.

Finally, Starka is also marketed as a vodka, it's not really considered a whiskey and I don't think it originated as a malted drink. That's not to say that other countries haven't malted their grains but I don't think it's really a 'thing' outside Ireland and Scotland. If it were, then European countries such as Germany and indeed Poland would have a long history of whiskey distilling and they don't. Malt seems to have been confined to beer in those countries.
OP pawian 175 | 13,552
22 Nov 2020 #356
Finally, Starka is also marketed as a vodka

Yes.

But still some guys claim Starka is whisky and the main point which proves it is the use of wooden barrels. Check this article

ciekawostkihistoryczne.pl/2019/03/27/starka-staruszka-starzona-najstarsza-polska-whisky/

indeed Poland would have a long history of whiskey distilling

This history isn`t too long but I remember Polish whisky from communist times. But I didn`t try it.



OP pawian 175 | 13,552
22 Nov 2020 #357
The message 347 still has a riddle pending and in the meantime:

What dish is it?



mafketis 24 | 8,928
22 Nov 2020 #358
What dish is it?

Some kind of soup? maybe grochówka (pea soup)? (judging the color maybe)
OP pawian 175 | 13,552
22 Nov 2020 #359
Yes, pea soup. And the occassion? In general.

but I remember Polish whisky from communist times.

It was also produced in pre-war times.

blog.czajkus.com/2014/07/19/polska-whisky-czesc-22/
mafketis 24 | 8,928
22 Nov 2020 #360
the occassion? In general.

too late for boże ciało.... maybe some local church thing (like rekolekcje)?


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