Lambert’s Lavatory

On March 7, 2011, in Long Drops, by jason

Lambert's Lavatory

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Upmarket outhouse, built by my hubby the day after the earthquake. When nature called we decided we might need something to suit the ladies as well as the blokes, and we might be using it for some time…


88 Responses to Lambert’s Lavatory

  1. Esther says:

    Definitely my favourite, pretty, functional and well sign posted. With the bush for the boys. Good work, certainly beats our effort of bottom smashed out of chair, bucket and garage.

  2. alison mcmorran says:

    Well done! colourful Pacifica look!

  3. Sue says:

    Who would want to go back to a boring old dunny inside after using such a fancy one like this? LOL

    • Jason says:

      I’m quite happy and contented out there, even got a shelf for my motorcross mags … I’m in no hurry to move back inside (yet).

  4. Tania Chapman says:

    somthing you can keep in the garden to remind you of the hard times and cold nights. tell the grandchildren about the time ya couldnt flush. its allmost summer with the frangapani.

  5. Aussie Dave says:

    Bloody bonza dunny NZ mates πŸ™‚ I love the caring way you have put in a duel entry for the ladies and mens and of course you have not forgotten about the wheelies..well done my favourite dunny for sure, couldn’t have done it better myself..well done to our closest mates and look after yourselves over there and if it becomes to unbearable I have a dunny here you can share anytime !!!!

    • Jason says:

      Thanks mate, we thought we’d give the boys the option of standing up or sitting down. Even my wife doesn’t seem to mind using it (let’s see how long that lasts!)

  6. Anne says:

    Like the practical design. Looks like the floor area is a good size, and best of all the art work is attractive.

    • Jason says:

      Thanks to my wife for the artwork, which used to be on the fence that had to be dismantled due to liquifaction. Never imagined it would end up decorating a dunny wall πŸ™‚

  7. Kiwi Dot From Gold Coast says:

    Well done Lambert’s, what great creative minds you have to put this wonder up. I always hated the long drops whilst camping as a kid but had we had one like yours I would not have mined at all. Good on you for being strong and thinking on your feet. Our thoughts and prayers are with you

    • Jason says:

      Thanks Kiwi Dot πŸ™‚ My wife was never the sort who would like using longdrops either. Got to focus on the positive and making life as normal and comfortable as possible in times like these!

  8. Jason says:

    Hubby says its his monument to the earthquake..

  9. sharon says:

    I’m sending this all around aussie to drum up support for the kiwis
    Good old kiwi ingenuity

  10. Janeane, Grenfell NSW says:

    That’s gold! It is good to see a bit of humour in such horrible times. We aussies are all thinking of you neighbours!!

  11. Kathy says:

    My grandmother had a long drop when we were kids in Parkes NSW.
    Full of spiders and fear of falling in, perhaps you guys could have made that experience a lot better for us kids…good job

  12. Avonlea Sydney says:

    You can’t beat the Kiwis when it comes to ingenuity and a sense of humour. Just hope there is some kind of door available!

    • Jason says:

      It has a camouflage-tent for the door, but it’s just not showing in the photo. Pity we couldn’t show you the interior, which has more artwork, a shelf with books and mags, and a large poster which says “Success or Failure – The Choice is Yours”!

      Thanks for taking time to comment πŸ™‚

  13. Kylie says:

    Loving the Dunny!

    Hope things start getting better for you all soon.

  14. Heidi Chick says:

    That is a truely beautiful bog!! Nice skylight! Only cottoned on to the bush for the boys after reading the other comments. Looks very comfy, could be cold in winter, may need a door! LOL Lamberts, glad you still have a sence of humour. My fav chilhood longdrop was at a beach ( well back from the water) Had proper loo seat on lashed together driftwood support and a shovel to cover your busuness with sand!

  15. Shona - Tauranga says:

    A classy establishment. A very dignified solution to what could be a rather undignified situation. Well done Lambert Family for being so creative. The people of Christchurch are showing great strength and a wonderful sense of humor. Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

    • Jason says:

      Well I had to make up to the wife’s standards (otherwise she would’ve been doing her business in a plastic bag in the laundry lol…). Thanks for taking the time to comment πŸ™‚

  16. Julie says:

    Superb…I live down the back of your place and see this wonderful creation when I go up my drive. Its fantastic and always makes me smile when I pass it.
    Best ever, good job guys

  17. Denise says:

    Hi Folks, just love a kiwi’s attitude and their ability to turn their hand to what ever it takes to get a job done.. We have lived in QLD for 10 years and still cant get over why there needs to be 24 utes parked on and around a house block ( section to us kiwi’s ) when in Nelson, my husband – the builder, thought it was congested if the plumber and electrician turned up on the same day as the Placemakers sales rep !!! No worrys about a ute for the labourer, gib fixer, scotia and skirting fixer, painter,roofer, concreter and landscaper as that was all on hubbies job list too. With all this notoriety you are now receiving, I wouldnt be suprised to see your sales skills kick in and a sign with a gold coin donation bucket, indicating where people may view this latest tourist attraction in CH CH.

    I loved finding this website and a respite from the very real other news.
    Thinking of you, Denise

  18. Doug says:

    We Aussies kinda knew that it would take something about the magnitude of a 6.3 shallow quake to get the Kiwis potty-trained !

  19. Fiona says:

    Love the natural lighting and summery feel. The lush plants just bring it all together…………no doubt they’ll be well fertilised from this point onwards!

  20. Janette says:

    The best one there…. good on you mate… (from a Christchurch kiwi over here in Perth), it is so pretty and functional as well…. Good luck to you all, thinking of you all.
    Will be over soon to help out where I can…..

  21. Bles says:

    Love this the most! Love the decor, although may I suggest a brightly-coloured shower curtain perhaps to complete the ensemble and for complete privacy. Keep safe, keep your chin up.

    • Jason says:

      Good point! All we could find lying around for a door was a camo tent-fly, the wife wouldn’t let me steal the shower curtain…

  22. AussieOregonHoJo says:

    I love the skylight affect, mate πŸ™‚ Very art deco ! Problem is you’ll be growing an melanoma on ya melon while you negotiate the longdrop. Don’t be out durng the heat of the day or it you must, drink plenty of water and slap on the sunscreen πŸ™‚ I love the Kiwi and Aussie sense of humor. Only we could see humor in a bad situation. Here in the USA, if you can’t buy it at Home Depot then you’re screwed. No practical sense. My prayers go out to all Kiwis in Christchurch and families around the nation affected by this catastrophic event. I wish for your collective strength to move on and rebuild not only a better city but a stronger community

    • Jason says:

      On the upside, it’s definitely bringing the neighbourhood together, we’re meeting all sorts of neighbours for the first time. It shows the old ANZAC spirit is still alive.

  23. Don says:

    this is the best by far, better than the boring portloo finally delivered today to my bro in New Brighton, the graphics really sets off your creation, you wont wont to go to an online loo, so to speak, after enjoying this masterpiece, you may want to extend for a 2nd loo !! all the very best for the rebuild from Waikato

  24. mike says:

    awsome set up you have got all the bases covered true kiwi no how has gone into this one thinking of you all keep safe

    • Jason says:

      My grandad had a longdrop; he would’ve been turning in his grave if he knew I wasn’t keeping up my family responsibilities πŸ™‚

  25. Chris says:

    Wonderful to see you guys making the best of a terrible situation.

  26. Jason says:

    Yeah they finally put port-a-loos on our street 3 days ago, but we prefer our own creation. More ventilation and a little less public!

  27. Frinnie in Brissy says:

    Awesome, amazing, and so totally in the good old kiwi “can-do” style! Love it. So glad to have something to smile at after all the tears I’ve cried for everyone back home! Take care there.fairies

    • Jason says:

      Hi Fairies, thanks for the lovely comments and support. I have a whole new appreciation for my hubby (who built our loo), not to mention all the “can-do”-kiwis all over CHCH at this time πŸ™‚

  28. Peter Lyford says:

    Living in the country in 1950’s, we had a long drop not unlike this until I was about 10 year’s old.
    Minus the good artwork. Boy, was Mum pleased when we got a real one, about the same time as the wonderful electric stove.

    The big thing I recall is we used to bore a big hole with a post hole borer, which had to be done in a new spot every 2 years I think. So you need the ability to shift the ‘shit house’ over the new hole. Hope your scene fixed before this needs to occur. Moths and huhu bugs are my worst memories of those days.

    Best wishes, Peter L.

  29. kell81 says:

    very cool. *hmmm* i wonder if these long drops would sell on trade me all funds donated to the quake fund lol

  30. Penny says:

    I’m intrigued as to how you would get a wheelchair over the “ponger” log.

  31. stephanie says:

    definitely the best for durability plus style plus humour!

  32. Rebecca says:

    Gorgeous loo! I’d keep it on as an emergency one for when the kids and I are fighting over the bathroom …

    • Jason says:

      Good thinking. We’ve actually been told we can flush again, but we haven’t stopped using our lovely outhouse yet. It’s particularly pleasant at dusk πŸ™‚

  33. Cynthia says:

    Awesome looks great & private πŸ™‚

  34. Bill says:

    Clearly a fake. There’s no queue outside the ladies!

  35. danisha says:

    this is my favourite…………

  36. KEZ says:

    This is awesome I think it probably better than our inside toilet πŸ™‚ you may have found a new career lol, I bet all your neighbours came knocking when they looked at you loo.

    • Jason says:

      That’s funny, I was thinking of hiring out my hubby so he could make loos for other people in need, but so far we’ve been so busy with the clean-up around our place. And I had dreamed of a bigger audience for my paintings, but never imagined it would happen this way, lol.

  37. Roy Pederson (Arizona) says:

    More proof, in case it were needed, that necessity is indeed the mother of invention.

  38. Roy Pederson (Arizona) says:

    Further proof that necessity is, indeed, the mother of invention.

  39. KTR says:

    Awesome, all basses covered… but can the boys sneak in for number 2s?

  40. Nathan says:

    Way to go bro!! leading the way in chch’s rebuild.

  41. Kevin says:

    Fantastic, by far the bets!!!!

  42. KM says:

    It’s the best, hope it’s not for too much longer

    • Jason says:

      Thanks KM, we do too, but I reckon we’ll miss it once we stop using it. Might have to leave it up as a memento πŸ™‚

  43. PJM says:

    Wonderful πŸ™‚

  44. KAM says:

    It’s by far the best

  45. stacey says:

    Super Duper AWESOME !!!!!! Lovin it πŸ™‚

  46. Anna says:

    My rellies in UK have seen this website and told ME about it! They thought the Kiwi ingenuity was fantastic and the fact that most of the photos were accompanied by some hilarious ‘quotes’ was wonderful. I live in Napier, so I now have a few ideas ….. just in case.

  47. malaney says:

    wow you guys have bean thru a lot and still having some fun.well i hope your ok
    in the erthquke youve been your a luky guy

  48. Jason says:

    THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO VOTED FOR OUR LOO! We really appreciate all your lovely comments and support. It’s been very uplifting, not to mention alot of fun for us! And we haven’t got any plans to retire our outdoor loo just yet πŸ™‚
    Jason and Laila

  49. Reg Fisher says:

    Admire this unit.When I was a kid on our farm Late 1940s we had a large dunny long drop which had 3 holes in lid for vairous sized bums!!! Weekly News were torn up into appropriate size and nailed within reach.When it got too much on the nose Grandad would toss in some kero followed by a match.Eventually the whole lot fell in on itself and we had to start all over.Don’t remember the new one having all the features of the old one though.Reg

  50. jenny says:

    I’m so tickled the Lambert loo has brought me so much laughter and fun, by reading your comments page, really its such a relief, at this time to know we all appreciate your ingenuity and sense of fun and adventure.
    Makes me think we should all build one for the peace and serenity it can bring.

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