Have I got loos for you – 23 of them in one garden
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.
Carol Keenan in her toilet garden. Hythe Road, Willesborough