Life at Villa Lucia of Tuscany. Bathroom stories continue- flushing devices.


In the year 2000 the bathrooms became modernized,  tissues  of  better quality if someone doesn’t steel it and  the bathroom  lights  usually not on a timer. Most modern facilities now have automatic flushers even though at times they might  scare you off the seat like a high power Hoover vacuum about to suck you down the drain without  warning when it decides you should be done. Not sure what is worse.

Where is the flushing devise? Is it:  the  side level, wall mounted, vertical level,  cord hanging from the ceiling, electric eye or the  rubber floor pedal. I have seem them all.  Is it the  small ball to the side of the tank, the  handle on the unit or  the red spot on the water tank? Sometimes I could not find it at all. Might be the reason in the past  one would often find public toilets at times un-flushed.


Curtain cord

flushing cord

Wrong Cord




Recently seeing an old cord flusher reminded me of years ago as a college student one  morning when getting ready for my shower in a hotel room.I pulled a long cord which was often found to the left of the toilet.  Not paying attention to the absence of the sound of  water swirling down the drain, I looked up to a number of happy faces of  smiling men on the deck playing cards outside my window, glancing at  my stark naked 20 year old body.  I had pulled the curtain shade up thinking it was the mission impossible dam flusher. Thank  God that was yesterday. Today their smiles would be replaced with ugly frowns, frightened by the sight of my body  50 years later.

4 thoughts on “Life at Villa Lucia of Tuscany. Bathroom stories continue- flushing devices.

  1. Dear Lucy, I am so sad that I didn’t get to spend quality time with you when you were in Newport Beach. I have some very dear friends, Miki & George Rach from Emerald Bay who would like to rent the entire villa summer 2016 in July. I highly recommend them. They will be getting in touch with you if they haven’t already.
    Love and hugs,

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