On Wednesday a photograph of the long drop at Lake Onslow was sent to me and I have never been so excited to see a picture of a toilet. The photo was sent by Murray Thompson who is the owner of a fishing hut on the shore of the Lake.

Lake Onslow is a bit of a trek to reach. It is in found in tussock country in Otago in the South Island of New Zealand. It has great trout fishing and is well worth a visit, particularly if you can spend a night or two in a fishing hut. I was lucky enough to stay at Murray´s hut (or “bach” in the vernacular) on several occasions several years ago.

I have written in the past about what a fine experience it is combining, as is the custom, days of fly fishing with nights of beer drinking. So I will avoid repeating myself beyond making the point that, these two activities combine, particularly in such a beautiful surroundings, to provide as good a way to while away a few days as anything I can imagine. I have also described the long drop which is just a short hop from the fishing hut and provides the visitor with a rather unique experience in answering the call of nature.

When sitting on the toilet, it is possible to look through gaps in the wooden door at the lake, and contemplate what a beautiful place it is, or maybe, if you are a trout fisherman, to dream about the fat brown trout swimming around.

The picture Murray sent me took me right back there.

Here it is:


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