Returning from the harrowing drive to take photos of the Hogback Covered Bridge, which were posted on Week 6, I noticed a one room rural school house along side the road. Getting out of the car and approaching it I felt like I had stepped back in time. I have seen many restored one room school houses in my day, but this one really struck me how isolated it was. There were very few farm houses near by and the road by it was quite hilly at times. Growing up my father told many stories of his younger years living on a farm in northern Iowa and walking a mile with his siblings to attend school in a one room school house. Unfortunately many of the old schools have not survived so it was a real treat to see this one still standing and also restored. I decided to include a shot of the school and of the plaque to cover my bases on the historical side of the school. (I seem to be big on including plaques!) The school would have been constructed from local stone found in Madison County. Many historical homes and barns in Madison County are built with this same type of stone. There were many options to fill the solitary theme all around me, the school, an old water hand pump, a blue bird house on the barbed wire fence, a unique metal gate, but my main choice was the outhouse sitting out back. Most homes as you know had them until modern plumbing came along. In fact many parks still have them. I don’t think you have lived until you have experienced using one either in the middle of a cold night or a steamy hot day. An experience you never forget! I’m not sure when toilet paper was invented but, my dad always told me they used old Sears and Roebucks catalogues to do their business. The nice thing about using the catalogues was they provided reading material if you really wanted to “get away from the hustle and bustle inside the house”. I would imagine there were many a husband or wives too for that matter who enjoyed the solitude the outhouse provide. A smelly retreat but no doubt a welcome one at times!