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It was back in May of 2008 that Mary Emmerling first gave me the idea of rigging up an outdoor shower, which she suggested should have mint planted all around it. The idea captivated me, but I never really raised it with Cottager, since we had many more important projects, in the vein of actual repairs, on our plate at the time.  True marital felicity often lies in the timing of ones’ discussions.

As promised, we have really been enjoying the cottage this summer, whenever it isn’t spoken for. And the weather has been lovely so we have been wandering down to the beach once or twice a day for a swim. And suddenly the time seemed ripe. So I mentioned, just last weekend, how lovely it would be to have a shower in the garden, where we could rinse off as we returned from the beach. 

As it happened, that very weekend, the urchins had three friends to stay, and all five boys were keen to put their best foot forward with the local girls, with the result that the bathroom and the shower in particular were in heavy demand. 

And all of these circumstances, plus the seed of an idea and a six week break from cottage-related chores and projects seemed to click for the Cottager. By this weekend he had pipe and fittings and one hundred feet of black hose and a shower head and a funky industrial-style on/off lever and we were good to go.

It all went together for Cottager pretty quickly. The hose is loosely coiled on the roof of a shed where it gets lots of sun but is largely out of sight. I cut back one laurel and shored up the ground to accomodate  a 20 inch round aggregate paver.  Then together we nailed up a soap holder  – biodegradable of course! – and an old planter with a new and vibrant candy mint plant. All that’s wanting is a couple of hooks for towels and suits, and I’m sure I have some around here somewhere.

Tests over the weekend indicated that we got about one minute of hot water from our 100 feet of hose. A second reel – not black and not in full sun – means that when the hot water runs out, it doesn’t run out in a shocking manner. There is another full minute of tepid-to-cool water to follow, if you have delayed your rinsing too long.  And on a really nice day, the shower is hot again in 20-30 minutes. 

The laurel bushes offer privacy from any passers-by but there is still a lovely view of the garden and even a peek-a-boo view of the ocean from the shower. 

I have a little bit of research to do before I plant mint all around the shower, however. While the promise of crushing wet mint under my feet in a heavenly sort of aromatherapy is tempting, I believe this plant has a great tendency to spread, and I am battling a lot of invasive species already. So for now, guests can pluck a little from the container and crush it their hands for a tamer version of that experience.

A simple but effective set - up

A simple but effective set - up

 

Makes for a very pleasant rinse off in the garden . . .

Makes for a very pleasant rinse off in the garden . . .

 

With a lovely view . . .

With a lovely view . . .

 

And mint for garnish.

And mint for garnish.

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