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This is a stone arch built by my son, his wife and their WOOFERS.

My son has a small-holding outside Llanelli, South Wales which has a small river on one boundary. Due to river action a small stoney beach has formed and this is where his children play.

So, what are WOOFERS?

Posted at 18th May 2010 - 09:24AM   Posted by Arosebyanyothername   Picture of the Day Comments: 13

Fennie's Avatar Dogs? The bridge is quite amazing - but shouldn't the bridge be over the river? Or are they going to divert the river? Maybe we could build one at the Mill.

Posted by: Fennie on 18th May 2010 at 09:41AM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar It is not a bridge - it is an arch.
No not dogs
Actually, it should be spelt WWOOFERS

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 18th May 2010 at 09:44AM

Preseli Mags's Avatar Willing Workers On Organic Farms - WWOOFers. What a lovely project!

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 18th May 2010 at 09:47AM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar Almost right, PM - it is Worldwide Workers on Organic Farms and it is the second lot that my son has had. It is a great system and the people that have at the moment are German/Swiss, speak good English and have two children with them about the same age as my grandchilden.
They have done all sorts of things, from painting windows, making my birthday cake and fixing a broken computer. I think the arch was a bit of fun.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 18th May 2010 at 10:00AM

Preseli Mags's Avatar Actually it's now World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. It began as Working Weekends On Organic Farms, then became Willing, now it's World Wide - which is a success story I think! We've never used them, despite being organic for years, but neighbours have had some great helpers that way. It's an excellent organisation.

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 18th May 2010 at 10:06AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar I particularly like the floral adornement.
What a lovely idea it's like having their own folly.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 18th May 2010 at 10:18AM

Preseli Mags's Avatar Sorry Rosie - missed your correction while I was writing mine!

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 18th May 2010 at 10:20AM

Dancing Dog's Avatar When I first saw the arch and then read that woofers had helped I was mightily impressed with your dogs.LaughingLaughingLaughing

That's quite a feat of engineering. I'll have to show my husband. We built a cairn up on the coast in Maine, but yours is much cooler.

There's something about big flat stones, you just need to build something.

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Posted by: Dancing Dog on 18th May 2010 at 12:25PM

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We built one of these once - in our back garden. We demolished it when we had grandchildren in case it toppled over.
It is called an Inukshuk. Anyone know what it is?

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 18th May 2010 at 01:13PM

Dancing Dog's Avatar I looked it up and here's one definition:

The Inuksuk may have been used for navigation, as a point of reference, a marker for hunting grounds, or as a food cache. The Inupiat in northern Alaska used inuksuit to assist in the herding of caribou into contained areas for slaughter. Inuksuit vary in shape and size, with deep roots in the Inuit culture.

I have to say that it bears a close resemblance to your avatar.
It's wildly creative, what were you thinking/drinking at the time?

Posted by: Dancing Dog on 18th May 2010 at 01:48PM

An Inukshuk is a particularly Canadian sort of thing. They're all over the Arctic, but have been picked up used as a Canadian symbol even at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Inuksuit (the plural) serve a variety of purposes, from cairn markers (food or other supplies) to directional signs.

Even Bears know about these things.

Posted by: Rob-bear on 18th May 2010 at 01:53PM

Fennie's Avatar You must have told me what Woofers are at least three times. It's a sign of ageing that I no longer remember. Oh dear! Still maybe I'll remember now.

Posted by: Fennie on 18th May 2010 at 03:06PM

Vic's Avatar It is lovely - I thought dogs too and had a lovely image of the doggies helping to build it, carrying the stones in their mouths etc!

Posted by: Vic on 18th May 2010 at 06:38PM

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