Wednesday, July 22, 2009

how to pee outdoors 3

Find the only remaining "piimapukk" in the village.

Piimapukk (Milk + bench/trestle) is a simple construction. Usually made from wood, the one on the picture is one of the very rare metallic ones. These things appeared in the 1960s when milk trucks were taken to use. Farmers brought their milk jugs there so that a dairy factory car could pick them up and take them to the factory. As this doesn't pay off anymore, the things are slowly rotting.
When our village was still "blooming" the "moving foodshop" (a car or bus that drives around villages and sells food like a store) stopped there. People from close by farms gathered there every Wednesday to gossip and do their grocery shopping. As I've read they were a good place to meet up and gossip in other places as well.
An article about them in Estonian:

Photo by Vahur Afanasjev (Kass Ting) on July 27, 2009.

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