Well, Beach Cottage ladies, here she is, the clawfoot bathtub of my dreams in a tatty old cottage near the beach in Australia…living the dream? I think so baby.
This is a tricky room in which to get a good photograph …these are the best I could come up with…yes Mr Beach Cottage that does mean that I have my eye on a new wide-angle lens, I mean c’mon, I need it….can’t you see?
Here we are looking down…
Something missing though, yeah?
Yes, that’s better…
have to say this bathroom renovation has been sort of painful…we have renovated before back in Old Blighty and it was nowhere near as much kerfuffle as this, but then again, in those days we had a couple of littlies who got bathed in the kitchen sink, not five people fighting over one small en-suite in the morning.
Hiccups happen I guess with these things, that’s the thing I have learnt with doing up this old cottage…and doing it yourself in terms of the co-ordinating of the tradies can cause delays too…especially when one of them smashes your new white oh-my-goodness-I-heart-you subway tiles and the tiler has to come back and re-do a whole section…yah.
Hey ho, all comes good in the end though does it not?
Something interesting has happened with this bathtub….(name is chosen, ribbon ceremony is happening with champagne) …it has turned out to be a multi-tasking bathtub…as you know I spend a lot of time in here and I always have done….spent most of my labour with that big fat 10lb baby number three in the bath, continually topping up the water with hot and for some reason focusing on the ‘a’ in the branding on a bottle of bubble bath to get me through (most interesting in itself because my other two births were completely different…I have BIG opinions on birth and what happened to me, maybe one day I will share them)….to studying in the bath when I was doing my degree…surrounded by text books and highlighters…to reading cookery books whilst soaking and being on the phone to England up to my eyes in bubbles while chatting…
But this lady has a secret double life…you see, I thought I would prefer the rounded end…it looks more comfy doesn’t it…but it is turning out that I prefer the more square end for the first part of my bathing routine, where a book or iphone is involved because you can almost sit upright, and still very comfortably…which slowly turns into the end of the bath routine, where I put the book down, swivel around to the other end, add more hot water and lay back thinking of England ;-)
I am very pleased with the quality of this bath, no it is not cast iron and vintage, yes that would probs, in another life, be my first choice, but this one, packs in all the punches quite nicely…vintage looking but somehow, and I don’t know how, not ‘old-fashioned’…perhaps I am totally wrong, maybe it’s just because it’s so very clean and so very new…
I bought this from Recollections, you can find there website here….we were pleased overall, although there were issues for sure with Recollections and our experience with the…though the staff were very nice…although we ordered this online it actually wasn’t in stock and it took a long time to get it, which threw out ALL the co-ordination of the tradies that had been meticulously put together….then bits were broken when they were delivered etc…but actually the service in rectifying all these problems was excellent and these days that doesn’t happen so often, does it?
I can’t wait to get this finished now…on the other side, at last the vanity is in, we are waiting for the sealant etc and things to settle before we can use them…plus on this wall above a pie crust mirror is going in and a shelf for shells and coastal bits and pieces….a few more days to wait for the shower to set and then I lose those Beach Cottage Rugrats from my bathroom for like ever….though now, actually, I am thinking of putting a lock and key on this one, banishing them to the other one and keeping this as my own…you would too, would you not?
yes they are having a serious talking to about the condition in which this bathroom is left and how it is used…and yes, unfortunately teenagers will be in here…remember I said I will be getting an outdoor bath and shower? It will be for them.
…any random teenager seen leaving bodily parts, wet clothes or magazines in this here bathroom will be getting a white painted vintage oar across the back of the head..
Anyay, what do you think Lurkers? Do you like her?
Adios my friends, adios