Outhouses are cool, and probably more sanitary than indoor plumbing when you really think about it.

Outhouses are cool, and probably more sanitary than indoor plumbing when you really think about it.

A properly managed privy is at least as healthful for people and land as a septic system and is far more than a place to evacuate waste. Ours is a sanctuary in which to be quiet with no one to ask why you aren't busy; to think or read with no one waiting to get in to shave; to watch a small, pretty piece of the day pass outside (one of the clapboards on our outhouse has a crack that's perfect for viewing through, like Arctic sunglasses.

A properly managed privy is at least as healthful for people and land as a septic system and is far more than a place to evacuate waste. Ours is a sanctuary in which to be quiet with no one to ask why you aren't busy; to think or read with no one waiting to get in to shave; to watch a small, pretty piece of the day pass outside (one of the clapboards on our outhouse has a crack that's perfect for viewing through, like Arctic sunglasses.

outhouse...glad we don't have to use these any more! But would be glad to have one if all hell breaks loose...

outhouse...glad we don't have to use these any more! But would be glad to have one if all hell breaks loose...

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