Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Stairway to Heaven

It's been a long time since I've written a Wednesday Friends Day post. I would like to expand my "friends" list to forums I enjoy visiting. Today, I was over at one of my favourites about cabin living, the Small Cabin Forum. It's associated with a website of the same name that provides lots of information about cabin construction. I recommend that you visit both.

I was reading some of the posts, and one of the popular threads was "Share Your Outhouse Pics." Now that might not be a topic of great interest to cityfolk, but to us cabin dwellers it's an integral part of our lives. Some were traditional, some fancy and one was a Tufway chemical toilet.

I had to share mine of course. To get there I have to climb what I call the "stairway to heaven." It's four flights up a notch in the cliff. During rainy weather it shares the space with a waterfall.

Up top is our outhouse. It's nothing special, just a one-holer with three plastic bins. One holds TP out of reach of nesting mice. Another holds used TP to be disposed of later. That really cuts down on the quantity of fill if you know what I mean. And the last holds lime and a spoon to sprinkle down the hole to reduce odours.

If you prop the door open, you get a great view through the trees to the lake beyond. Now where could you find a bathroom with that in the city? -- Margy


  1. Wonderful view from the outhouse, Margy, but the stairway to heaven looks like the stairway to hell to me, especially in rainy weather. LOL
    I've been thinking — as you like to garden — what about a composting toilet?
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  2. Great view. Have lived in many homes with an outhouse. Rather wishing for one now. Having septic system problems!>

  3. Too funny! We have a view from "the church" at the cabin, too. Where else can you sit and ponder life while watching the elk grazing in the meadow?! Thank goodness we don't have all your stairs - I would never make it there in the dark!

  4. What a climb! That will keep you in shape. The view is lovely to.

  5. Kay - We are planning on putting an addition on the cabin for a bathroom including space for our existing bathtub and a new composting toilet.

    As far as the stairs, we try to "plan" trips to maximize our climb. In the summer that usually includes watering my hillside potato patch. For that quick midnight pee, there is Mr. Pee Bucket on the deck that we carry up the hill at a later time.



We welcome your comments and questions. - Wayne and Margy