Foefie Slide, Friends and Floating


 

 A ‘foefie slide’ is the South African term for a cable supported between two points, one end higher than the other, and with a pulley and some form of suspending device by means of which one can slide down at speed.  A ‘zip line’, ‘flying fox’, ‘commando slide’ or ‘rope slide’ are some of the alternative names.  In my youth such devices often crossed stretches of water, and one had the choice of making the crossing or (often more fun) letting go in the middle.  It was also a handy way of going to-and-fro across a ravine.  Ideally, for these forms, one has to have two side-by-side – one there and one back – and one needs to attach something to pull each slider back to the starting point.  A fishing pole, reel and line serve quite well for this.  Otherwise the whole pulley arrangement has to be transferable.

There were two fairly basic ones (not of the there-and-back variety) at the Linton Animal Farm we visited on 16th – young R is seen sampling the shorter journey.

160613 Foefie Slide

160613 foefie Slide 1

160613 Foefie Slide 2

Then we have J with a new friend.

160613 Linton Animal Farm Friends

Two more friends awaiting snacks. 

160613 Linton Animal Farm Ponies

Another attraction – a very slow but fun form of travel on water.

160613 Linton Raft 

 © Colonialist June 2013 (WordPress)

 

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26 Responses to Foefie Slide, Friends and Floating

  1. Tokeloshe says:

    They sure get to have some fun ;-).
    I’ve never been on one, I will have to add that to my bucket list.

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  2. adinparadise says:

    My two just loved those foefie slides, Col. I’ve really missed out, because I’ve never been on one. 😦
    Gorgeous pics of kiddies having fun, and the horses are really beautiful.

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  3. Grannymar says:

    I saw one of those zip lines in a playground for junior children, last week and wanted to be six all over again!

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  4. The Asian says:

    I love foefie slides! I went to do the canopy tours by the Tsitsikama and it was amazing

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  5. Looks fab, Col. Did the kids get wet sleeves? My meories of punting are having the water cascade up my arms and soaking sleeves on the way!

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    • colonialist says:

      All messing about in floaty fings involves gettting wet, one way or the other. I decided to use the pole as a paddle. More effective, but definitely a way to get water on oneself.

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  6. Sonel says:

    Looks like they had lots of fun Col. Haven’t hear the word “foefie slide” in quite a while. We used to have lots of fun with ours. Great shot as well. 😀 *hugs*

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  7. 68ghia says:

    Foefie slides are just the best fun ever 😉

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  8. ‘Foefie’ – such a great word! I haven’t heard it in years.

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  9. melouisef says:

    These animal farms are an excellent way to introduce children to animals

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  10. newsferret says:

    That foefie slide brought back many memories.

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  11. nrhatch says:

    Looks like a FUN place for an outing . . . the zip line that R is on is probably about the right speed for me.

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  12. Lots of fun…I love the buzz of a flying fox…so much fun!

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