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  • OK so I live in this dear little French house with an outside loo. So, when I was planning to move here and purchasing tat with French peasant living in mind I was browsing in a charity shop in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, England, when I came across what my Grandma used to call a po. A white china potty. Grandma had one under every bed in the house, goodness knows why because there was a perfectly good bathroom just across the landing. A hangover from earlier days, no doubt, when the toilet was down the end of the garden.

    So anyway I thought I would buy this potty, po, and stick it under the bed just in case I was ever too lazy to climb down the ladder from the loft and venture out into the cold to pee first thing in the morning. It seemed unlikely but you never know.

    Anyhow, then I was reading a book about organic gardening and I came across this table which showed compost ingredients and activators. Including: Urine*. (*When fresh)

    A little peasant style lightbulb went on over my head at this point. Or maybe that shoud be a candle, or a hurricane lamp. And it occurred to me that my morning laziness could be my compost bin's gain... but how to get the contents of the po across the road to the garden without being spotted by the eagle-eyed neighbours? Hmmm.

    OK too much information already. Suffice it to say, I DO smuggle my wee across the road, whistling nonchalantly, of a morning.
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