In The Beginning
Yes, well Pauline thinks this touristy story is not very nice because it’s mostly about ….a lavatory. But first I have to give you a bit of background information. In 1985 the very famous artist and fashion designer Jenny Kee, who lives in Blackheath, designed a mural on the wall of the Victory Theatre Antiques Centre ( This is where Dr Bob says Pauline wastes a lot of her time and money..ha ha)
Flora And Fauna
You can see the mural features lots of native plants and wildlife. I can see a kookaburra and a yellow tailed black cockatoo. And there’s a big heart because we all love Blackheath even though we make jokes about it and call it Bleakheath!
Anyway, artist Lindena Robb painted the nearby toilet block to match…well it sort of matches, but there’s lots of zig-zaggy shapes this time.
On the roof is a gum leaf and a grevillea leaf. Oh yes, and a rope left behind by the painter (RHS) ! Dr Bob wanted me to get it down but I said: ‘Why don’t you? That shut him up and as you can see, he didn’t bother!’
I suppose there will be letters of complaint in the Gazette because the painting is a bit ‘out there’ but we believe in free expression, so that’s OK. We are very creative and liberal in the Blue Mountains. I copied that out of a tourist pamphlet.
Here’s a wee lavatory joke (‘wee’..get it?) …it’s a teensy bit rude but not very:
Q. What did the toilet bowl say to the police man?
A. I’ve seen a lot more bums than you!
Mwah ha ha!!
By the way, if you go down to our magnificently special Rhododendron Gardens which are looking their best right now, you might get a shock if you need to visit ‘Aunt Mary’ (that’s what’s called a euphemism) because look here…
Oh dear,…I hope they put some portable loos up by next week for the big Rhodo Festival, which I’ll be reporting on.
Note from Pauline – Des is making a rather poor joke here. There are definitely proper toilets in the Gardens and visitors are NOT forced to go behind the bushes! Plus, you can get delicious Devonshire teas in the pavilion, which is where my Garden Club meets on the first Thursday of each month.
Please let me know what you think about our new-look public toilets. I hope I didn’t upset anyone with my joke because I got into trouble recently for writing about gum boils on bottoms. I promised I would try not to re-offend, which I think I might have. Thank you, Editor Des.
UPDATE – HERE IS THE ONLY LETTER SO FAR IN THE GAZETTE (NOVEMBER 7 ) RE THE NEW-LOOK LOOS
‘I would sincerely like to thank Jenny Kee and her band of enthusiastic volunteers for creatinga truly remarkable , designer label public convenience in the car park adjoining the New Ivanhoe Hotel in Blackheath.
Its completion in tine for the Rhododendron Festival was a testament to the organiser’s project management skills and with its artistically painted roof I suggest we refer to it in future as the Cistern Chapel. John Whale, Blackheath.