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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-08-2019, 04:27 AM Thread Starter
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What a bloody rippa!

They were funny looking buildings, that were once a way of life,
If you couldn't sprint the distance, then you really were in strife.
They were nailed, they were wired, but were mostly falling down,
There was one in every yard, in every house, in every town.

They were given many names, some were even funny,
But to most of us, we knew them as the outhouse or the dunny.
I've seen some of them all gussied up, with painted doors and all,
But it really made no difference, they were just a port of call.

Now my old man would take a bet, he'd lay an even pound,
That you wouldn't make the dunny with them turkeys hangin' round.
They had so many uses, these buildings out the back,"
You could even hide from mother, so you wouldn't get the strap.

That's why we had good cricketers, never mind the bumps,
We used the pathway for the wicket and the dunny door for stumps.
Now my old man would sit for hours, the smell would rot your socks,
He read the daily back to front in that good old thunderbox.

And if by chance that nature called sometime through the night,
You always sent the dog in first, for there was no flamin' light.
And the dunny seemed to be the place where crawlies liked to hide,
But never ever showed themselves until you sat inside.

There was no such thing as Sorbent, no tissues there at all,
Just squares of well read newspaper, a hangin' on the wall.
If you had some friendly neighbours, as neighbours sometimes are,
You could sit and chat to them, if you left the door ajar..

When suddenly you got the urge, and down the track you fled,
Then of course the magpies were there to peck you on your head.
Then the time there was a wet, the rain it never stopped,
If you had an urgent call, you ran between the drops.

The dunny man came once a week, to these buildings out the back,
And he would leave an extra can, if you left for him a zac.
For those of you who've no idea what I mean by a zac,
Then you're too young to have ever had, a dunny out the back.
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Good one Harry.

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Hello Harry,
I really liked the poem. Will there be a You Tube Video with you reciting the poem?
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Fortunately I was able to miss that time.......but I enjoyed the poem. Keep em coming Harry.
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Sears catalog was also a good source for reading and paper to use afterwards.

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Had to look it up. Sixpenny coin. Fun poem. Had one at a family cabin out in the desert. Oh, and the flies!

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Phone books and yellow pages !!!
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We had one, and no indoor plumbing, until I was in the 7th grade. That is why the Sears and Montgomery Ward catalogs were so thick. We had the deluxe version - two holer.

I got kicked off a Tiny House forum, the idiots kept saying outhouses were cute - so I told them what they were really like - they always smelled, always flies, normally at least one wasp nest, possibly even a snake on occasion - likely after the toads that were fairly frequent. In summer they were hot, in winter cold, but at least in winter no livestock in there with you, but no matter if it was totally calm outside, you could always count on a cold breeze blowing up your rear. That was where we went, didn't matter if it was pouring rain, or a blizzard blowing, in the middle of the night, or high noon. I would tell them all that and the idiots still said they were cute and wanted one.

Almost forgot. No one came to clean ours out, instead about once or twice a year a new hole was dug, the outhouse was picked up and carried to the new hole, and the old hole filled in with the dirt from the new hole.

This was the usual indoor look. When people talk about the good old days, you can bet the never grew up using an outhouse.
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Had one on our property on Saltspring Island. I took great pride in keeping that thing immaculate! Painted annually, on the inside, semi gloss white. Real toilet seat, and a transparent FG panel roof .
Candles inside for night-time visits.
A thing of beauty...
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Arhhhh. The good old days?
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