Have I got loos for you – 23 of them in one gar­den

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

AT FIRST glance, the front of Carol Keenan’s house looks more like the yard of a plumber’s mer­chants than a gar­den.

Carol has amassed an amaz­ing col­lec­tion of 23 old toi­lets and a bidet that she uses to great ef­fect in the gar­den.

Each of the porce­lain struc­tures is cur­rently filled with flow­er­ing pan­sies that at­tract ad­mir­ing glances and com­ments from peo­ple walk­ing past the Willes­bor­ough prop­erty.

It all started about 15 years ago when Carol took over her late par­ents’ home.

She ex­plained: “I had a new bath­room suite fit­ted and ini­tially I left the toi­let out­side the front door.

“Then a neigh­bour sug­gested I have an­other toi­let the other side of the door to even things up.

“Then peo­ple started leav­ing them, some with cryp­tic notes at­tached to them. Some even came gift-wrapped.

“Santa Claus left me one wrapped in Christ­mas paper one year.”

An­other time Carol got stopped in a su­per­mar­ket by a woman who recog­nised her from a pre­vi­ous story that ap­peared in the Ken­tish Ex­press about her toi­let­filled gar­den.

Carol said: “She said she was just hav­ing two en­suites re­placed and would I like her two old toi­lets and a bidet. I said ‘yes please’.”

The woman said she was happy to get them de­liv­ered – and Carol was amazed when a chauf­feur in a Bent­ley ar­rived to drop them off.

Carol said: “I used to plant busy lizzies in them, but that in­volved a lot of work, so now I have pan­sies. I do get peo­ple stop­ping to take a long look at my col­lec­tion and even tak­ing pic­tures.”

Last week we fea­tured Carol’s toi­lets in our Nuts and Bolts col­umn, with­out iden­ti­fy­ing Carol as the col­lec­tor.

She then con­tacted us by email (her email ad­dress has the moniker “la­dy­bog”) say­ing how de­lighted she was to see our ini­tial pic­ture of the toi­let haul.

But Carol has no plans to add to the col­lec­tion.

“Enough is enough,” she said firmly.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne PD1709339

Carol Keenan in her toi­let gar­den. Hythe Road, Willes­bor­ough

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