Tuesday, 18 June 2013

The Throne Room

This is a delicate, personal subject. I have come to realise how important it is for the smallest room in the house to be comfortable! I shouldn't complain - I have an indoor, upstairs flushing (on 3 attempts) wc in our house - we are incredibly fortunate compared to many parts of the world. It is a functioning wc and that should be enough surely - but so too, is the outdoor karzy that many houses had in the past (and some still do). It is about keeping rectories and vicarages up to date. Our smallest room has the feel of a public toilet but with less space - or the school cubicles of yesteryear. There are certainly no niceties about it at the moment. We asked for the handbasin to be put it as it seems incredible that there were not handwashing facilities in the room - and as a result we have a basin and some of the ugliest pipework to go with it. Obviously we are not suppose to have any aesthetic values - but I certainly wouldn't accept it in my own home but for some reason, I am suppose to accept it when I am a rector's wife. We questioned the gap in the newly laid floor that was left when the pan was changed recently. We asked for a new floor rather than accept the offer of filling the gap with mastic! It is the waste of money that annoys me more than anything. I am challenged to work some creative magic on this smallest room - so watch this space! I can't make the room bigger - and the powers that be say they won't knock it into one family sized bathroom but I shall see if we can turn it into a room suitable for contemplation. Any suggestions will be carefully considered so feel free to use your imagination and come up with some ideas!


  1. Ahhhh, the w/c, the bathroom, or washroom, or the library, or whatever one desires to call it, can be the bane of one's existance. You are talking to a pro, in this department. Look on the bright side, your ceiling isn't leaking, I had a bathroom like this in our last house. I always joked I could use the toilet, and clean the bathtub and sink all at the same time. Good luck, and I'm sure you'll come up with something great.

  2. Oh, bah, humbug! Not a happy situation at all! Hope you can convince the vestry to make an investment in a slightly updated wc.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
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    Life in the Urban Forest (poetry).

  3. It is the attitude of "its good enough..." when you know that it wouldn't be good enough for the owner of any other house that gets me down.

  4. I look forward to seeing your creative solutions.... quite a challenge!!!! Jx