I just saw several tweets from people I follow, with links to a story and picture on a functional bathtub made from books. Some people have told me that I am a little eccentric in reading so much in the bath, but this piece of art shows that I am not alone in this sensible arrangement for those of us who like a long, hot soak but would hate to have to choose between reading and bathing.
While this may have some practical merit, I have a functional bathtub made for books, which is much more practical.
The pen is filled with Registrar’s ink, which is waterproof (used for official signatures such as original birth certificates, and still available). This is because I often get what seem like good ideas in the tub, and my memory is far from perfect. Although I also read for pure entertainment, most reading is for reflecting on and so needs a little note-taking.
The post-its come in handy for marking interesting passages, which often finish up on my other blog (“Words, words, words”).
As well as the duck board, in case I feel the need for some inspiration from the visual arts, I have a large painting hanging a little higher on the white wall at the end of the claw-foot tub, painted by my wife Laurie. It has been there for some years and I haven’t felt the need for a change, yet.
The duck board was made by my father, Frank, and has seen many years of service. Thanks Dad!