Wednesday, November 27, 2013


It's been about three years now that we've been without plumbing at Twin Ponds. The outhouse that was on the property when we bought it was caved in with no roof to speak of. Not exactly inviting for guests. Although we did have a septic system installed last year, it wasn't until last month that it was actually hooked up to the bathroom in the cabin. We still have no running water, but we finally have draining water. I've never thought about the distinction before, but now that I have I actually think the latter is the more important of the two.

So, as of October we've had a flushing toilet. Need to pee at 3 a.m. in mid-January? No problem!

We top off the tank after every flush manually using watering cans which we fill at the pond -- and now that it's frozen -- the river. You won't hear me complaining about hiking through knee high snow for 10 minutes to get the water this winter, though. I'm way too happy about being able to press that little lever to mind it one bit.

Last weekend, we picked up a fancy schmancy water jug for our newly connected bathroom sink too. We rigged up a support system because that sucker is heavy when it's full and it now happily rests above the sink ready for use. All we have to do is turn the tap and presto: water! No more washing our hands and brushing our teeth in -20C on the show-covered front porch. 

Progress is a beautiful thing.

We realized we didn't have any proper soap so we've been using dish soap to wash our hands


  1. Wicked... the little things in life just make us so happy :)

    1. It's true! Thanks to you and Pete for giving us the idea to get one of those water jugs. Looooove that tap!