Bath night is a very different experience at Wildflowers. There is an old cement rainwater tank that burst it’s banks many years ago and became a swimming pool of sorts for the family that lived here. When we arrived it was empty of water and full of weeds. I have created several outside bathrooms over the past 30 years and I immediately saw that this tank was a perfect location for another.
I cleaned the tank out, raised an old cast iron bath up on some besser blocks and built a walkway and platform using western red cedar from an old sauna. A little bit of landscaping and voila! A beautiful place to lay back in hot steaming water on a cold winter night and look at the stars and moon tracking across the sky with a hurricane lantern casting a yellow glow around about . There is a fire drum to warm yourself by when you step out into the chill night air.
How do I heat the water?….inefficient but simple, I light a fire in a fire drum and put it under the bath! With practice I can let the fire burn down to coals so that it keeps the water hot while I am wallowing. Doesn’t it burn my bum you may ask? I thought of that. I have a thick perforated rubber door mat on the bottom of the bath and a smooth rubber shower mat over that, works a treat.
It involves a bit of work for me to organise a bath but when I do everyone loves it, especially the children!