The lovely Sharon took the little people out and about, and I spent the whole day in the bathroom; the smell was awful. It all began with an ominous leak on the floor. Over the space of just a couple of days a small puddle had escalated into a plumbing problem. It should have all been relatively straightforward; I purchased a few new washers and settled into the bathroom with a selection of spanners, wrenches, and towels. A few hours later I was perplexed and close to throwing the towel….onto the wet bathroom floor. Then it dawned on me; whoever had drilled the holes in the toilet bowl had bad eyesight, or just didn’t care. Once I realised this I tried a little creative thinking (and grinder to ensure a certain metal bracket actually fitted). The whole toilet and flush was working perfectly and not dripping. Job done.
A few weeks later a little drip appeared. Then the drip increased until we had to introduce the flush bucket. The flush bucket is a simple plumbing solution involving a bucket filled and kept in the bath, which is then used to flush the toilet. It was a temporary measure while I waited for the opportunity to tackle the problem properly.
It only took a few days before the worst happened. It was so sudden and unexpected that it shocked me. We were at a children’s party, everyone was having fun and there was no context at all to the lovely Sharon’s comment. She turned to me and said, “Do we need to get a plumber?” In hindsight I genuinely think she was trying to be helpful. I was gutted. My quiet inner voice held back from saying that I thought she looked big in that dress, even though she didn’t. Instead I remained stoic and shrugged and said that I thought I should have another look at it first.
On Saint Patrick’s day I was off work and everyone else was at school. I stepped out into the cool spring air and let my eyes rest on Slemish, the very mountain the Saint Patrick shepherded on. Then, I went back into the cottage and ripped the toilet apart. I put it all back together with generous amounts of silicone sealant and it hasn’t leaked yet.