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Bolton Abbey

The river Wharfe
The river Wharfe

Peter being a novice at the Augustinian Abbey had been given the unpleasant task of flushing the monks waste into the river Wharfe, unfortunately he did not listen carefully enough to the instructions given to him. Indeed the morning was so mild and the trees so fine, by the time he had reached the river he was back in his childhood playing with his friends. Now the toilets were flushed by removing a stone and allowing the river to flush the open sewer. Peter removed the wrong stone, allowing the monks fish stock to return to the river. Peters penance, restock the fish pond.

Footnote: as there was no picture available, I made use of the name for my key. Peter Abbey

Michael Humphris.

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  1. Dear Michael,

    Very clever. Usually I’m not so forgiving when someone uses a photo other than the prompt. Under the circumstances you’re well within your rights. Well done…but ugh…poor Peter.



  2. A most inventive substitution, Michael. I do feel sorry for Peter, but at least he didn’t have to go wash out the toilets by hand. I was afraid that’s what was going to happen until I got to your last line.

    1. Thank you Sandra, in the 1960s as a trainee nurse I was given a tooth brush and told to spend the day cleaning between the tiles of a psychiatric hospital toilet block. As I rebelled I got to train as a nurse, the hospital needed people who asked questions.

          1. Very true. Although it seems most true rebels don’t bother with figuring out the best time. They just react to injustice when it happens — regardless of the wisdom of their action. And I guess, in the long run, that’s the best way. If we think too long, we can talk ourselves out of the courage necessary to make the move.

  3. I’m reminded of the Mel Brooks movie “History of the World” where the Lords would holler for the “Piss Bucket Boy” every time they needed to take a whiz.

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