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Saturday, May 12, 2012

WASH ON THE LINE


Symbols of the coming summer.





26 comments:

  1. I like that setup they have on their back porch. I'm sure it works well. :)

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    1. Rubye -- I thought it was a unique set-up too. What an interesting place they have way up there on the third floor of that building with a nice porch and a private stairway to their place. thanks -- barbara

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  2. Oh, I love to hang washing on the line, something we don't get to do much of in the Pacific NW.

    I love these photos...there's something poetic about washing out to dry, and you've captured it. Nothing better than the smell of linen dried in fresh air.

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    1. Rose -- That was my full time job when I was a young girl -- hanging the wash on the line. I really didn't feel it was work as when I took it off the line the fresh air smell of the clothes would be so lovely. thanks -- barbara

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  3. You have a wonderful appreciation of colour and form.

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    1. Carole Anne -- thank you for the nice comment. Color and form plus patterns has always intrigued me. -- barbara

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  4. In much of suburban America clothes lines are no more. Some towns even outlaw them. I miss them and the wonderful fresh smell of sheets and towels that have been sun and wind dried. Not sheet of perfumed drier sheet can replace it.

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    1. June -- housing associations are notorious for outlawing hanging wash. Rules and regulations can sure be bothersome. The fresh air smell is one that can never be duplicated -- just as the example you gave of the dryer sheets. Thanks for the comment -- barbara

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  5. Love to se wash hanging. I've got towels swinging in the breeze right now.

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    1. Birdman -- It would a difficult day to dry here as we have had rain constant since last night. Apparently you are having a nice sunny day for your towels -- barbara

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  7. Those were the days! I think I want to put some lines out so I can do some fresh air drying again.

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    1. Barbara -- I only have a small line and a few racks that do the job for me. When I was young we had multi-lines but we were a family. Downsizing has become the name of the game for me now. thanks for the comment -- barbara

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  8. Great pictures! I love clotheslines -- sometimes the compositions are so artistic.

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    1. VICKI -- I agree that hanging clothes on a line can have a rhythmic composition all its own -- thanks -- barbara

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  9. I am still trying to get my husband to put up clotheslines for me. There is little in this world that smells as good as anything dried on the line. It is a comforting smell too, ahhhhh.

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    1. Auntea -- Some of my favorite clothesline views are those of the Amish. They can have ingenious configurations to their clotheslines as well as the airing of their quilts. -- thanks barbara

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  10. That photo DOES capture all that's good about line-dried laundry. I like the little porch jobbie too. Ingenuity PLUS fresh summer skivvies. What's not to love? :~)

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    1. Jan -- I did like the clothes line arrangement on the 3rd floor building. What we think of to get that fresh clean smell -- thanks --barbara

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  11. We hang our wash out, though not as picturesquely as what you show. It's as if people there have an aesthetic about the everyday that most of us have lost.

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    1. Hattie -- Washing clothes and hanging them outside is not really seen that often around here. Not like when I was young and lived in Michigan. Then all our neighbors hung clothes on their lines. thanks for stopping -- barbara

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    2. People here use dryers mostly, too, which is ridiculous when sunlight is abundant and electricity expensive.

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    3. Hattie -- Hey sunlight is not only good for the clothes but also for our bones -- vitamin D stuff. I used to like to hang clothes when I was a teenager -- to get a tan -- today not a good idea. I guess this comment has a negative and a positive -- to hang or not to hang for differing reasons. thanks -- barbara.

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  12. That's a sight you don't see much around here any more. Too many driers, and too little time, I guess.

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  13. I often think about how the culture of women has changed. Today the expectations of women's work is so high that they look for short cuts so they can muster through it all -- barbara

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    1. Louise -- My above comment was for you. Still trying to get used to hitting the reply button -- barbara

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