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.
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.
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.