Friday, January 8, 2010

A sunny day


After a rainy week, we've had the perfect day for laundry, light and breezy. Our bedding, towels and clothes were dry and fresh-smelling within a few short hours, ready to be taken off the line and brought back home.

Usually, even in the winter we have more than enough sunshine for line-drying our laundry. We do not own a dryer. We do have an occasional few days now and then when it's too rainy to hang the laundry outside, and then I open my laundry rack inside the living room. It gives a cluttered look, to be sure, but there are only so many days we can do without a refreshed supply of clean socks.

I love the most those sunny days, though, when I'm out in the back yard, busy at my clothesline. Shira usually sits by my feet in the grass, playing with the clothespins. We're both enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. It's pure bliss.

After living my whole life in apartment buildings, I'm so happy to have our own home that is located right on the earth. Sometimes there's a fox creeping in the back yard, and the array of birds and insects is incredible. All we need to do to enjoy nature is take one step out of the door.

19 comments:

Muriel said...

I totally agree with you about hanging the laundry outside to dry...
I do it all year around, unless it is raining of course !
I have never own a dryer, they are not the norm here in France, only people in small apartments own them.
I grew up in a family of 6, in an apartment in Paris and my mother always managed to dry our laundry without a dryer, we had a sort of drying rack hanging on the ceiling in the bathroom, it was very convenient...
I think that electric dryer are mostly an American appliance !

Lady Anne said...

I love hanging out my clothes! It is such a relaxing activity - getting the T-shirts all together, and then the socks, and each item in the order I'll take it down and fold it. Just, me, the laundry, God, and the dog. (Plus, the bending and stretching is good for the waistline!) And if my "solar powered" dryer breaks, I tie a knot in it and keep going. We do have an electric dryer for bad weather, but sheets MUST go on the line; I've been known to put them in the freezer to keep them from mildew until it stops raining or snowing.

Persuaded said...

Oh my gracious me... a clothesline? hanging with baby things? You really are making me envious today aren't you??


Seriously, I remember those days of hanging all my little ones things out on the line, working away while they were all right around my feet. You are so right, bliss is the only word for it. Enjoy these wonderful days, my dear.

Anonymous said...

How I love seeing those little baby things hanging on the line!

Brenda

Bonnie said...

I live in a country where aparttments are definitly in the minority and I grew up thinking only lazy people put thier washing out on the clothesline :) Here electricity is expensive since it's not nuclear but I actually enjoy my time outside each morning with my daughter hanging the washing, she passes me the pegs. I hang and we both talk about what we're going to do for school that day.

Anonymous said...

Lovely! I can't wait until spring so I can hang my laundry. Its 17 degrees F here and I have to use the dryer. Just seeing your photo of laundry on the line gives me wonderful hope for warmer weather. Thank you so much :)

Bobbi said...

*Sigh*...I had a clothesline when my first baby was born...and it was so nice to put the baby in the basket...and hang or take down the wash...It smelled so wonderful. Now I'm blessed with shade trees and no clothesline. Give and take!

Rose said...

Like you Anna, I line dry my clothes all year round, there is something lovely about going out to hang the clothes up.

Jo said...

I think that washing dried in the sun always smells nicer than when using the clothes drier. I also hang my washing indoors in winter rather than using the clothes drier.

Anonymous said...

I so understand about hanging clothes on the line. It's relaxing and it smells so nice and it gives you a good excuse to get outdoors without feeling guilty about what you're leaving behind indoors!

Sally

Thursday's Child said...

The first year we lived in Lebanon I didn't have a dryer either. In Q8 we had one so we brought it with us back here this summer. But I don't need it in the summer and use it for towels and stuff in winter. I don't like to machine dry clothes since they can shrink and it's hard on the fibers anyway.

Leah Burks said...

Such a cute picture with the baby clothes and all! And there is so much green! The only green we see around here this time of year is in the numerous pine trees. No gorgeous grass like I see here! Beautiful!

Wordy Wife said...

After high school graduation, I spent the summer with my grandmother in England. Electric dryers aren't that common over there, and I remember hanging clothes up to dry in her beautiful garden!

Anonymous said...

It looks so lovely and romantic, the clothes blowing in the breeze.

Unfortunately, I can barely keep up with my laundry as is (at least 4 loads a day, usually more). I don't know what I would ever do without my dryer! Although I do fling large things out to air dry - sheets, sometimes towels. It's all the clothes and socks and undies that take so long to hang.

....i'm thankful if I have time to fold it all, forget the hanging. But it's nice to live vicariously through you all!

Marytoo said...

NOTHING smells better than the scent of fresh air and sunshine on the laundry!

Lillian the Ponderer said...

I agree with you entirely, there is nothing nicer than fresh line dried clothes. I long for the day when we have an outdoor space to dry things at the moment we use a drying rack and lines above the bath, although we do have a washer-dryer so when I have a huge amount (like after a holiday)the towels or sheets will usually get fluffed in the dryer. During the summer I open the bathroom window and put the clothes rack near another open window to get that fresh smell, however with the icy conditions at the moment the windows are only likely to be opened for a few minutes per day!

jAne said...

. . . and half a world away, I'd love to join you in such a pretty task. Our weather is chilly and overcast. Wet. I fear the clothes would never be dry. In these cases I must admit thankfulness for our electric dryer. :o)

jAne * tickleberryfarm.blogspot.com

Donalacasa said...

I had a clothesline and a backyard in the Azores with my first baby, although I also owned a dryer. With my second baby we lived in a condo in Germany. We had an American dryer, but we could also share a clothesline with the other tenants. That could get annoying because if someone felt your things were dry enough, they might just take them down. I had not clothesline in Okinawa with my son and none with my baby because here in the suburbs of central Texas, the home owner's association doesn't allow them. I have no more babies, but I'd love to be able to hang sheets on a line, but unfortunately I can't.

Marytoo said...

Donalacasa, I graduated from high school in the Azores. I'm guessing your husband is in the military? We live in central Texas now, too, but no homeowner's association here!