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Hanging out laundry

Category: Farm Doings | Posted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:00 pm

I do enjoy hanging laundry on the line. I think of the bag my mother had for clothespins, and of the bag I use that was given to me by an elderly lady who thought I could use a clothespin bag.
When we moved to the farm one of the very first things I wanted was clotheslines. We put them up, made extra posts that would support the lines when I hung something heavy, and I put my clothespin bag into use.
After getting the clothing or linens clean in the washing machine, I pile them in my big wicker basket, grab the clothespin bag, and go out for several minutes of sheer enjoyment.
This morning as I was hanging sheets on the line, I saw a flock of Cooper's Hawks fly over. Two circled over the orchard area, then were joined by six or seven others. They flew big circles over the pasture, then headed east. I stood holding a wet sheet, wide-eyed, and thoroughly entranced by the fly-over.
There are two large cedar trees near our clothes lines. When I go out early in the morning to hang clothes, the cardinals, sparrows, and occasional dove serenade me. They like to spend the night in the shelter of the cedar branches. When I go to get the laundry off the line, there are mockingbirds sitting on the fence and holding sing-alongs. Occasionally a barn swallow decides to swoop over. Luckily they are fast moving birds and don't leave deposits on the clothing!
As I'm leaving the house I often brush against the rosemary growing near the kitchen. That lovely smell lasts until I get to the scent of the rose in the corner of the fence near the clotheslines. While hanging laundry I can smell the rose, and I still have a lingering scent of rosemary.
When I bring the laundry in to fold, I still get the fresh scent of outdoors. I fold our sheets carefully and put them into the blanket chest my husband made years ago. There are two bunches of dried lavender in the chest to give a nice scent to our bed linens. The lavender will need to be replaced this year.
Doing laundry can be a chore, or it can be a small everyday pleasure.

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Frank wrote on Sun Apr 26, 2015 4:30 am:

This might sound strange coming from a 35 year old man but I also love hanging out washing/laundry and also folding. It's a constructive process you can perform without thinking. I often have good ideas while dealing with laundry :)


2ofus wrote on Mon Apr 27, 2015 1:31 pm:

It is great that you notice the little things that so many people miss. I love the smell of bedding that has been hanging outside to dry.


Netty wrote on Sat May 09, 2015 11:56 pm:

I like hanging my laundry outside too. For me, it's more about saving electricity $$ then watching the wildlife ... I watch/listen to that when I'm out in the garden. But something about climbing into bed when I have fresh, air dried linen makes me smile.

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