And don’t be fooled into thinking the building behind the lion is a gatehouse.
It’s an Outback Outhouse.
Or so it was described by the waitress at surreal Art Through Da Vince’s Eyes, a Roman Devonshire Coffee House (a set of words not often seen in the same phrase!) at One Tree Hill in the Adelaide Hills.
Or foothills, to be more precise.
But it’s a rare Outback loo with a chandelier! In fact, the Outback public toilets I’ve encountered generally look more like Scenic Public Toilets #17 (click HERE), #9 (click HERE) or #4 (click HERE)!!
You’d be forgiven for thinking the loo was somehow channelling Versace!
If I’d been more alert, the eclectic array of statues at the outhouse door would have given me a clue to the opulence within.
Ornate mirror frames, cherubim, ablutions fountain (yes, FOUNTAIN!) and chandelier complete the black tile-lined ensemble.
By a fortuitous coincidence, my outfit perfectly showcased the black tiles’ superb reflective qualities as I stood in the doorway photographing the interior.
And it’s those same reflective qualities I blame for possibly making me look bigger than I really am …
Maybe Narnia was nearby after all …
Outside, the bright perfection of an Adelaide spring day gave no clue to the phantasmagorical other world hidden behind the outhouse doors!
* Pilchard’s brother Wayne was kind enough to take this great perspective shot of Da Vince’s Outback Outhouse from the entrance. I call it ‘The Lion and the Loo’. Got a better name??