Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge: Toilets Week 1

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014     New Zealand

Since I was a tiny child, or so my mother tells me, I have had a bathroom fetish. She tells me that as a child when we went to someone’s place for morning tea or a visit of any kind as soon as I had my foot in the door I was demanding to look at the bathroom. “You’ve just been Irene you don’t need to go again.”

“But mummy I want to look at the toilet.”

This embarrassing behaviour continued into my adult life with me carrying out surveys on way in which the toilet paper was hung. Do you hang so it goes over or under, is there a gender difference in the toilet roll hanging behaviour?

I read books on the history of toilets and friends gave me anything they could find regarding Thomas Crapper. Although he did not invent the flush toilet he certainly made the toilet popular and for this I was eternally grateful. The ballcock was his invention and having grown up in my early days with the pan and the stench of it I could certainly also see the value in this.

I have largely left my undesirable behaviour behind but I can’t resist on occasion snapping toilets and their surrounds that for some reason appeal to me. Such as the toilet we came across in a paddock in New Zealand. Unexpected but a welcome relief. I’m getting to old for the squatting behind a tree caper.

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The Swiss toilet is the type that you would expect to see in Australia and seemed so totally out of place in the ordered setting of Switzerland.

The Swedish toilet – I just loved the flushing system. It was so different to that which we have in Australia and it always seemed to work unlike our Aussie models. The French toilet was in a camping ground that we stayed in. I found the toilets in the camping grounds so different from what I was used to as most of them are unisex. Not being used to showering with unknown men it was strange to walk out of the shower to have a conversation with an unknown man with shaving lather all over his face. The elevated aspect of these toilet blocks I also found quite intriguing.

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Naturally our Australian models are totally normal taking advantage of the dual flushing system to conserve water. Though even here there is the odd delight.

© irene waters 2014 Australia

© irene waters 2014




About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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15 Responses to Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge: Toilets Week 1

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    I absolutely love these photos!!! Thanks for playing!


  2. M. R. says:

    Man! – you are weird!!! [grin]


  3. sue marquis bishop says:

    Irene, You are so funny! I was wondering if your experiences in nursing informed your interests in elimination? I appreciate where you turn your camera to share the common, the unusual and the beautiful. Sue


  4. Livonne says:

    Thats one helluva toilet roll holder lol. Love it.


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  6. Cee Neuner says:

    Congratulations!! You have been chosen as a featured blogger on my Odd Ball Challenge!


  7. Emilio Pasquale says:

    Cangratulations on receiving Cee’s award. I can appreciate your interest in toilet. I once took a shot of the interior of a toilet in Yosemite National Park and my wife almost divorced me. She says she doesn’t understand me!


    • I know what you mean spouses have no imagination at times but we know and appreciate how much diversity there is in the simple toilet. Ah… I should have used these perhaps for the Eses Shoot and Quote diversity challenge. Thanks for visiting. 🙂


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