The Bottom Line!

So the bottom line is that this post is all about bottoms and the health of our bottoms!!!!!  Don’t be dismayed but rather read on for an amusing look at how to get healthy each morning without spending a penny!  No, I haven’t gone potty!  This is a post on Sitting!  ahahhahha – just slipped out, sorry.

Like a lot of you, I grew up, in Brisbane, with an outside dunny – et voila!

brisbane dunnies

This is a pic of a Brisbane suburb circa 1950s and you’ll note the little houses/dunnies/loos/toilets all in a row down the end of the gardens. There were even dunny lanes that the dunny truck would drive down to collect our most intimate opinions of current events.  The town where I live even now has redundant dunny laneways minus the outhouses and the Dunny Man!


And for our more modern aka younger readers a close-up of a dunny looked like this little beauty!  Fortunately, odour-free viewing.

single dunny

Let’s venture inside the dunny and here’s a reminder of those days of hiking down “the back” to commune with nature.

inside dunny
Shite! I forgot the toilet paper!

Ah yes – those wooden slats we all sat on – and newspaper and sawdust to close the deal.  Back in those days Mum used to call number 2s “a pain” so unlike this child, I grew up saying I had to do a pain.  Not enough fibre, obviously.

Now the reason I write of this indelicate subject, is because my cyber coach on all things websitey, Serena Star-Leonard recently posted on FB a link to something called Squatty Potty.  

She was, for once, quite speechless – amazing in a blogger/author!  Her exact words “So many emotions“.   I loved this video/ad but I hesitated over buying the product. Yes, I could see the benefits of being able to squat as I solved the problems of the world.  In fact, the older I’ve become, the more I appreciate doing business in the great outdoors – aint Nature grand!  And that squatting position is so healthy.

But I knew there was a cheaper more immediate way to get the best result for my ruminations.  And here it is – totally free and proudly shared with You, Gentle Reader!  (I’d be a complete bum if I didn’t share it with you.)

note the pavers on either side for foot elevation - 4 pavers high does the job!
note the pavers on either side for foot elevation – 4 pavers high does the job!

Isn’t it a gas?  You don’t need pavers as such – just something to elevate your feet!  Anything will do!  And I must say that the transition from inside to outside is easier and very much more encouraged by this position.  No more pain, only gain!

And while you’re at it, give a crap toilet paper works twice as hard for you by providing funding for those who don’t have a royal throne from which to pontificate.  To quote from their website –

First of all, it’s funny. Lots of room for toilet jokes, which we love.

But really, we love toilet paper because for us, it’s our way of making a difference. We started Who Gives A Crap when we learnt that 2.5 billion people across the world don’t have access to a toilet. That’s roughly 40% of the global population and means that diarrhoea related diseases fill over half of sub-Saharan African hospital beds and kill 1,400 children under 5 every day.


And so to the end of my kick-ass post – I’ll finish on this note –

toilet puns

and for more wit on this subject, go here! 

May the force be with you,


About Nancy Liddle

In 2014 I walked from Seville to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, some 800 ks I walked, aged 56. I learnt that no matter what age we are, our bodies are strong work-horses. Ageing doesn't have to be the nightmare that our culture feeds us. We can be strong and vital and energetic! And meditation exercises our minds. Clearly these discoveries have impacted my life deeply.

4 thoughts on “The Bottom Line!

  1. Hahaha!! Well thanks for the mention, I think!! I found the old fashioned dunny stories fascinating… I never heard of dunny trucks before, I have so many questions about how it all worked – eeeek!

    I am sure someone could put all those unused “poo lanes” to some worthwhile cause 🙂

    • WEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLL – the dunny man appeared in the dawning hours to take away the topped-up container of Ruminations Extraordinaire and left an empty one for the following week. Woe betide if it filled up before Dunny Day! Which is where D-Day came from, I think? 😀