UK Trip

We are planning a trip to the UK to see friends and family and visit all the touristy places. Our friends and family are spread out.  If  you look at the map here, we fly into London Heathrow and then go to


Newquay, which I think is in Cornwall or Devon and then to Manchester and then Newcastle, I think there are 2 Newcastle’s in England, so we will have to find the right one. I believe it is the one at the top of the map. Then back to London to fly home.

Our friends in Newquay work in the local surfing school and seem to enjoy it and our family are in Newcastle and work in the local carpet cleaners and don’t have so much fun :-( but they tell me its a good job for the area of Newcastle.

We want to visit the big London tourist landmarks too.

Looking forward to it as the whole family have not been to the UK as yet and not met the family, so it will be a great trip.

Florida holiday plans

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Hi there, just thought I would add in this post about my lovely vacation plans to Destin Florida in the USA. We chose Destin as we have friends there and as you can see from the picture here , it is beautiful and right on the beach near Panama City , FL. Very very excited.

The family are looking forward to it and although I usually blog about water, I wanted to add some personal blog posts as well.

The kids are so excited about hiring a limo when we get there, they have never been in one, so that will be a fantastic experience for them and they have found a limo company on the internet that they like the look, so I will contact them and try and book one up. They chose Destin Limousines and their website looks great to be honest, so let’s give it a go.

As we are really into healthy water as you can see from our blog here, I will make sure the family take on board a lot of healthy water when we are away on vacation as we do not want to dehydrate.

The whole house is a little crazy now about the vacation. Guess we have to start saving up to afford the vacation and the limo, Destin itself is great our friends say and all the pictures and videos on Youtube back that up.

This video is the top 5 things to do in Destin….

Go to love Florida, it looks so beautiful, the crystal clear water seems to go on forever, we will love it there I am sure.

Here are some pictures of Destin.


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What a beautiful spot, so pleased we have friends there by the water. I will come back to you after the vacation.


Bathroom evolution

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Have you paused for a moment when you just finished taking good use of your toilet and you are about to press the button in other to flush, and think of what the whole world will look like without these marvels of human engineering.

The use of in suite rooms where you have toilet and bathrooms is all for the need of personal hygiene and grooming which happens to be a new style.

Generally, houses built before centuries are without bathrooms. So within the span of 100 years, possessing a modern bathroom has evolved from modern lifestyle to a universal domestic fixture. Before the invention of toilets there has always been the need for disposing fasces as well as providing amenities for bathing and grooming.

Technology is what we can say aided the invention of modern bathrooms to meet the needs of human needs.

Thomas crapper

Thomas crapper is the English man who is unlucky with his surname. He is always accredited with honor of inventing the flushing toilet and he played a major role in the development. He was declared the inventor of valve and siphon in 1891, the water closets that was generally accepted by the whole of England in the earlier decades of World War 1 was manufactured by his company. His toilet is known with the brand T. Crapper Brass & Co. Ltd.

A generation of young American soldiers stationed in England during World War 1 was inspired by this invention by Crapper and when they got back to America with a new slogan use for moderate and new domestic fixtures. How can Crapper be inventor of the so called crapper?

Let’s say Crapper did not just find himself sitting in an outdoor privy and then got the idea that what the world needed was an indoor toilet.

He was able to come up with an idea that settles a designed problem that some other innovators have been bugging their brains to solve: what can be done to build machinery that can help proficiently and sanitarily dispose of waste without allowing hazardous sewer gases to enter.

The use of flushing water closets was not totally a new idea. Queen Elizabeth 1’s godson Sir John Harrington designed one for the Queen’s use in 1596. Not everyone in the rest of England society was using this because it was considered to be a novelty than practical invention, most especially in the absence of extensive sewer system.

Non- flushing water closets.

This is a handy piece of fixture that has removable containers for carrying waste. It is the widely used by average pre- Victorian England.

Even with invention of the non- flushing water closets many homes still maintained the usage of the backyard privy, and this did not stop the problem of waste disposal both with those who use chamber pots or an overused hole in the ground; the problem remained.

The problem persisted because the Victorians did not have a good way of making the people become informed on how to use the new system.

The Victorians used the opportunity of the unhygienic conditions and disease that the Elizabethans did not have to improve municipal sewer systems to keep their cities clean.

Non- flushing water closet can be used for waste but the content can’t be disposed of.

English rights was granted in the in the late 18th and early 19th centuries (close to the time the sewers were built) for various types of water- closet valves but still the flushing actions were still very unproductive.

The wall- mounted cistern became popular in 1870 and improved the situation because it provided a large amount of water under more pressure.

The problem with the water- closet remained because their advanced taps could not do an effective work in letting waste have smooth drainage or keep sewer gases out of the building. At first these bowls were made of earthenware and glazed with sometimes-elaborate designs.

Thomas Twyford in 1885 built the first glassy- china toilet, this inspired and make other noble English potteries such as Wedgwood and doulton become competitive, Not long after the invention of glassy- china toilet, it became the standard of fledging industry.

American inventors were also seeking solutions to the problem of building a sanitary water closet. As early as 1875, James Henry and William Campbell patented a plunger-type water closet; over the next 50 or so years more than 350 applications for patents for various types of water-closet designs were received by the U.S. patent office.

In 1907, Eljer Plumbingware Co. introduced the first American vitreous-china water closet, despite popular skepticism about the strength of a ceramic product for such a purpose.

With the invention of the sanitary flushable toilet – the fixture that made the modern bathroom possible – the crowded urban masses no longer need to rely on chamber pots and open windows and backyards to dispose of their waste. Nor did they have to fear sewer gases like methane seeping back up into their homes and igniting explosively.

Enter the indoor bathroom

The uses of indoor bathrooms were made possible through the improvements made on toilet which was made possible by communal affairs shared by people.

Formerly, water closets were portable, so they do not necessarily need a dedicated space for people to use them. Rich homes might have the need of dedicated space that will contain a water closet, a movable tin or iron bath and a wash stand.

A centralized bathroom did not become prevalent until indoor plumbing and permanent water closets gained acceptance toward the end of the 19th century.

Few decades later, toilets became a permanent fixture as bathrooms thrived and portable washstands and baths gave way to dedicated spaces. It did not take more time before indoor plumbing gained acceptance as a brilliant idea and by 1920’s American building codes required indoor bathrooms in all new single-family residential construction.

Then came the sewage systems

Modern toilet and its plumbing were interestingly made possible as a result of urban industrialization that manufacturing technology made possible.

Indoor toilet is a convenience in a rural society but it isn’t essential.

So the advancement of the toilet proceeds, conceived of the need to utilize less water, thus put to a lesser degree the demand on water resources. Maybe the next innovation will occur in the improvement of waste-treatment frameworks that reduces our over dependence on water. Meanwhile, search for innovation to that will make you more and more water sensitive, both in toilets and in other lavatory installations. The innovation by Thomas Crapper and the others has more yet unseen.

Beyond the rest room

In the event that we think about the restroom as basically a reaction to the commonsense need to manage excretion, then bathrooms have a fairly short 100-year or so history. However, bathrooms or something of that form has been in existence before the invention of the trendy flushable toilets. Initially, man perceived the individual advantages of a purifying absorb in warm water. Also, in any general public where individuals live relatively close, individual cleanliness is more than an issue of vanity.

In such manner, bathrooms – seen as a room set aside for bathing and private care dates back to human civilization. Prove of modern bathrooms which dates back towards 2000 BC, have been seen in the royal residences of Phaistos and Knossos on the Hittite houses in Anatolia, island of Crete (c. 1400 B.C.) contained cleared bathrooms with earthen baths. The Greek urban areas of Pylos and Tiryns had bathrooms with a supply of water and drainage frameworks, and later Greek vase works of art reveal that the Greeks made use of showers. Bathhouses in India, commonly found in palaces, religious communities, and some affluent homes as at 200 B.C., had steam rooms, sitting platforms, and swimming pools.

Roman Baths

Obviously, the Romans had bath making. Flashy baths had already been introduced into the homes of Elite Romans. With special provisions for dry and wet heat and for cold and warm bath, the structures were warmed with hypocausts, heaters with vents stretching out through the floors and dividers of the building. The heaters likewise warmed boilers that supplied heated water. The communal showers, or Thermae, of supreme Rome developed the facilities of the compact private showers and required the development of repositories and reservoir conduits to supply the tremendous amounts of water required. These showers were also warmed by hypocausts and had changing rooms, warm rooms, hot showers, steam rooms, play rooms, and cold showers. Hot-spring spas in farflung areas of the Roman Empire, for example, Bath in England and Aix-les-Bains in France, are still being used today.

Some argue that the washing customs of the Romans went too far, and to a limited extent the religious austerity of the early Middle Ages was a response to the gratification of royal Rome that discovered such expression in their public bath facilities. A considerable number of the early Christians took a completely diverse perspective than the Romans about the body, seeing it as a residence of sin to be defeated by the spirit. Dirt and negligence for exorbitant individual hygiene were viewed as proper reactions to a world full of sin, while washing and individual extravagance were viewed as too much (or sinful) indulgent – demeanors that right up ’till today still find reoccurring expression in our way of life. However, as the infections that intermittently attacked Europe during the Middle Ages played out, individual cleanliness plays a pragmatic and supernatural part.

Indeed, regardless of the self-denying state of mind toward bathing, public bathing facilities kept on existing in Europe. Numerous religious communities had good modern frameworks to supply, disperse, and divert water. Medieval châteaux and royal residences for the most part consolidated an arrangement of water supply and waste, regardless of the possibility that the sewage store did happen to be the mansion’s canal. Henry III’s (1217-1272) royal residence at Westminster had a bathhouse with cold and hot running water. Different societies outside the western European tradition kept on viewing bathing and individual cleanliness as generally accepted and socially critical activities. The Islamic culture had for long had hammans or public baths. For the Japanese, a long soak in a hot tub is seen as both a cleansing and a spiritual exercise

Early American pioneers took along with them European states of mind toward showering, to the New World, with a continuous view of bathing excessively as an unnecessary indulgence. To a limited extent, this was a direct result of the religious convictions in a portion of the early provinces, however, it was likewise a practical reaction to life in the boondocks. On the other hand, by the center of the nineteenth century there was a fixed tub in the White House, and washing had advanced for some into a Saturday night custom, whether they felt it necessary or not.

Early family unit baths

Initially, showers were awkward metal-lined wooden affairs usually brought into the kitchen week after week, and loaded with heated water from the stove, which is to be shared by everybody that required a shower. Yet, in the second part of the 19th century, early enameled cast-iron showers started to show up, despite the fact that demand for these baths were limited due to their weight and the shortage of toilet spaces. These showers were – and still are – weighty. John M. Kohler, author of the Kohler Co., Got into assembling cast-iron farm equipments, however, he saw a chance to sell to another market. He changed a blend horse trough/swine scatter by enameling it and including legs, then sold it as a bath to take care of the growing demand for bathroom installations when the new century rolled over.

So bathrooms advanced as a reaction to basic requirements for individual cleanliness, and in addition as a show of the availability of technology and social norms. Furthermore, in the short half-century somewhere around 1875 and 1925 – the duration of time between when indoor plumbing started to be broadly accessible and when it turned out to be verging on general – our mentalities about the private lives and living moderate significantly changed. What were once mutual and family exercises have turn out to be exceptionally individual and private exercises. While once single bathrooms served a few families in urban areas, now it is not abnormal, nor even considered especially lavish, for family units to have a bathroom for every bedroom.


Water problems

water for everyone

Water is so important to everything and everybody and it has to get to everybody and could if we all decided it was a priority. We can build houses for people who are in need in days on a tv show, we can do anything if there is the right motivation.

As I was saying in my other pages, it is all about what is important and getting the right plumbers. These plumbers can be real plumbers or engineers from around the world who are plumbers really.

You may know some plumbers in your local area and sometime they go out to Africa to help, I know some who do that. Which is an amazing thing to do.

The water shortage for some countries is terrible and people , real people from the UK and many other countries go out to places like Kenya and do great work. Because they can technically and they want to help. It must be an amazing feeling being a plumber who can help. Great people and talented as plumbing isn’t as easy as it seems.