Monday, April 25, 2011

Down to earth again

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OK, the holidays are over.
It's back to everyday life.
So for That's My World and ABC Wednesday O-day, let's observe my ecology-minded neighbor's new OUTHOUSE.
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Actually, it is a really nice composting toilet.
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All you have to do is sprinkle some sawdust.
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When the container is ready to be emptied, it can be pulled out through this little back door.
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I should add that the neighbor also has a normal house with conventional plumbing, but this little outhouse is good for visitors.
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It is clean and OK-smelling, nothing like the pit latrines I've seen in my travels. This one is not a pit at all.
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But speaking of pits, I just have to say this well-known expression from the Talmud:
in Aramaic it is מאגרא רמא לבירא עמיקתא Me-igara rama lebeyra amiqta.
Literally:
From a high rooftop to a deep pit.
Meaning:
A person lost his former greatness and got into deep, uh . . . , trouble.
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21 comments:

cieldequimper said...

Lol, nice one for my hols return!!

Reader Wil said...

Great! Friends of Karien in Australia, have a similar toilet and they are very careful with energy, having solar panels and all that.

Lesley said...

I like that "this one is good for visitors"!!

Roger Owen Green said...

Sounds not too ONEROUS or ODOROUS, which is a GOOD thing.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

VioletSky said...

it looks roomier than some outhouses I have endured.

Kay L. Davies said...

I've been talking about composting toilets for years. I get e-mails from a Canadian manufacturer, and this is what we'll use if we put a guest room in the loft above the garage.
Compost is a good thing to have for the garden, too.
-- K

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

VP said...

Nice? Some people are quite ingenious in making their life a living hell!

JM said...

What a cool choice for the 'O' letter! :-)

Winchester Daily Photos said...

Hmm - eco friendly but I think I prefer my water wasting toilet!

Meryl said...

I love your giving us an outhouse after all the matzo of Passover! LOL.

Theanne and Baron said...

That's a nifty outhouse! If water tables keep going down, more and more of us will be using similar toilets!

ρομπερτ said...

How impressive a sight. Never seen before. Thank you for introducing.

Please have a good Wednesday.

Cloudia said...

Back to blessed normal!




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chubskulit said...

Oh this reminds me of where I came from in the Philippines hehehe!

A Splash of Orange made my ABC this week, come and see. Thank you!

Kay said...

Hmmmm.... toilet paper goes in too? And then composted? Used in the vegetable garden? Hmmmm...
Interesting...

Ms. Burrito said...

I am getting addicted with this blogging hobby, I get to see beautiful places and learn interesting things. Very nice O you have here..

Mind lOOking at my O entry?, have a nice day!

Spiderdama said...

Hehe, for the visitors yes:-)

Leif Hagen said...

We used a composting potty at our friends' "garden house" outside Copenhagen in Roskilde last summer! (we met Jorgen the Roskilde CDP blogger there)

Francisca said...

This outhouse gives no offense to the olfactory sense... okay! :-D

katney said...

We have composting toilets in some places in the National Park.

And I think the reference to the Talmud--I didn't know the expression came from the Talmud and assuming the missing part starts with d-- d--.

spacedlaw said...

Good composting idea.