Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge: Bathroom snaps

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

These days when you visit the bathroom, no matter where you are you are greeted with gleaming white porcelain toilets and wash basins. There are liquid soap dispensers so that hands don’t go where hands have been before them. The whole scenario is one of germ-free hygiene.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Not at this pub. Mind you I think that everything was no doubt as clean as a whistle but the flushing water probably came from an area of tea trees thus colouring the water brown. The constant dripping in the toilets led to those brown stains that once there become impossible to remove.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

The oldy worldy metal basins gave character but not only were brown but also very rusty. There are people that resurface this type of equipment and the ones here could certainly have done with it. However, I loved it.It was never going to kill me. It gave it atmosphere that I thought worthy of not one but three photographs and Cee’s Odd Ball challenge was just the place for them.

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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25 Responses to Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge: Bathroom snaps

  1. Pingback: Cee’s Oddball Photo Challenge: Discovering Gnomes | decocraftsdigicrafts

  2. This was SO gross :-p until I read about the tea trees. I wonder if my essential oils would discolor things? I don’t think it ever has so is it the bark of the tree or…?

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  3. I thought perhaps it was from too much iron in the water, but tea trees work, too. Rather awful looking, though.

    janet

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    • Janet, You could be right. Or it could be a combination of both. The water is obtained from an area with tea trees and then sits suspended in an iron tank and gravity fed down. It could well be iron. I wonder if the new plastic tanks have less likelihood of causing this kind of thing. Irene

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  4. noelleg44 says:

    I was sort of grossed out by what I thought was grime – glad you explained it. We’ve seen some incredibly horrible bathrooms facilities that we’ve actually had to use (!) in our travels, and not all in third world countries!

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  5. Charli Mills says:

    Huh! So, if tea tree oil is used against germs, is the brown staining germ-free? 🙂

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  6. One could call it “Rustic” – sorry bad pun. But you are so right, it won’t kill you, and it is part of the travel experience. How boring it would be if all bathrooms were the same gleaming white porcelain?

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  7. joannesisco says:

    I didn’t know about tea trees either , but I’ve seen this type of reaction from high iron content in water.
    I’ve had travels in the world where this washroom would have been considered luxurious … porcelain AND TP!! 🙂

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  8. Cee Neuner says:

    You nailed odd balls for this week Irene. Thanks 🙂 and yuck all at the same time 🙂

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  9. bkpyett says:

    Lovely shaped basins Irene, and serviceable too, just needed to be re-laminated, as you said.
    Great photos!

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  10. lumar1298 says:

    Yuk… That is gross… I would have ran out of there…

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  11. Just after I graduated from high school, my parents let me go to Wales with a group led by my English teacher. We stayed in the dorms at the University in Bangor. They were new and very modern but the water smelled of sulfur and was golden. We were all afraid to drink it but this was decades before bottled water. I loved the village and the people though I think they found a few hundred American students a bit loud.
    BTW, I see you, Irene, in the last photo – the photographer in the wings – nice touch.

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    • What a great experience. I wonder why the water smelled of sulphur? Was it a thermal area? I had sulphur smelling water in Iceland and was told it was great for the complexion and I have to admit all the Icelandic girls had great skin.
      I think a few hundred students from anywhere would be a bit of a shock to the system no matter where they were from.
      Yes I couldn’t escape those mirrors. That was the old fashioned way of doing a selfie. LOL

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