This is the courtyard at our renovators dream we purchased last summer, it was a bare solid clay earth covered with stones and rubbish when we purchased the place where we spend our summers in northern Victoria.
It gave me a place to put down roots, especially a few tree roots and I planted a Japanese maple and a Mt Fuji flowering cherry as the two shade trees for the courtyard then added half a dozen arches to extent the garden vertically, and I am growing climbing roses on these.
The remainder of the garden is made up of perennial plantings and vegetables and for this its first year, I included some annuals to get a fast garden effect.
I brought in some beautiful large flat rocks as the courtyard flooring then searched timber yards and found a new fiber glass bath with a small flaw for only $65. I called in at the hardware store and bought hot water quality hose fittings, went home and connected one end of the hose to the laundry hot water tap and passed the hose out the window and ‘hey presto,' I had a beautiful court yard garden open air bathroom.
There is no plumbing drainage from the bath either and certainly no council permit for a bath room obtained, I simply take a 10 litre bucket and remove 10 buckets full of water from the bath and use this to water my garden after I have finished enjoying my daily summer retreat home, bath, each day. The garden benefits, it saves water and I drain the last tiny drop of water out onto the ground.
I know I should refine the water connection situation, plumb the hot and cold water if not directly to the bath then at least outside connections in the courtyard and even look to see what modifications can be made to our inside combination, laundry and bathroom to see if there is a possibility of plumbing in a bath tub there, in the event that the local ultra light plane society gets news of my open air courtyard garden bathroom and begins to take sightseeing flights over it.
The first photo is of the empty courtyard that we started with and the remaining photos are of the courtyard garden bathroom I created and love.
Ryn Shell writes stories of crime, love and Australia.
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