Firstly, I reckon you need to figure out where “it” all goes… there are 2 Options: an outflow for the liquid, leaving a mass to be pumped away on a regular basis… if there is NOT an exit for the liquid… you will need to pump out more frequently (obviously).
We bought a tiny house with just that sort of set up…the liquid eventually went into ancient storm drains… and the “sediment” in the plastic cuve was cleaned-out every so often… (so we were told)…
Fortunately, we never had a problem as the house was hardly used… and, anyway, Mains Drainage came to the village in 2012…
A propos kitchens, Stella, I asked a little while back about French folk I know who always drink their coffee by spooning it into their mouths from a tiny cup. When there’s just a small mouthful left they may lift the cup to finish it off. They always complete the ritual by putting the spoon in the empty cup.
Is this practice widespread, a local thing, or a secret sign like the Freemason’s handshake?
PS asking you’ cos you’re the go-to person on quaint goings-on in France, for me at least…
Thanks, Stella, I knew I could rely on you to shine a light on the matter. No-one else has responded yet, and I find little details like this intriguing and delightful about France. There’s always something new to learn. I found out recently that the reason exercise books are printed with squares is because all children have to form their letters in a standard French way, and the squares help them do this. Fascinating (it was on France24 TV). A certain amount of uniformity helps to develop civic consciousness, common courtesy and a feeling of equality, I think.
I’ve noticed recently that in La Poste the fonctionnaires insist that letters à l’étranger be addressed in French so that England or UK is unacceptable, the country must be rendered in the national language. Good thing too, IMO.
Peter, we like to learn from our neighbours in their little ways as well as their phrases… and OH has been known to walk down the road in his slippers, says it makes him feel very French our neighbours are so friendly… life is great
In the small market of Minchinhampton there were several houses which were on what were called lissons.
These were cracks which went down into the earth and all the waste disappeared down them.
My friend luved in a large stone house on the main street and they had this waste disposal system.
The waste disposal system described at Minchinhampton calls to mind the street cry “gardyloo” that announced to passers-by the imminent emptying an overrnight chamber-pot from an upstairs window onto their heads, spoiling their powdered wigs.
I do have a splendid 17th century toilet in my house in Limousin, corbelled out over what was the farm courtyard. I suppose they were thinking that humans and cattle turn out roughly the same sort of stuff, so the muckpile for one was the muckpile for t’other, too.
Reminds me, the masonry needs a bit of attention before winter sets in!
When we bought our property there was Saniflo loo in what became our gite which went into the barn and then via channel into the field.
Next door only put a proper loo into the house when the mother became too ill to go in the barn.
Andrea. Fosse Sceptique! The following true personal experience might highlight why best left firmly alone. Bought small village house on basis of a " survey" , full verbal and published agents details that there was a working fosse. - soon found it was actually only a large concrete chamber - no outlet, 2 people = 1 €50 / emptying 10 days. Went to court with legal expert - lost case! Small courtyard so 5 metre rule precluded new system - house lost. – could not give it away. Always now tell buyers - land is so cheap - in some communes ( depending of course where) get efficient new house built or delivered on a lorry! - fully compliant fosse, 10 year warranty - then enjoy France.