Sunday, August 4, 2013

My Back Porch



I now have a clothesline out on my back porch. So convenient and fresh to have the laundry hanging out there. I love it. Rarely does a day go by when I do not do the wash, or write, or pray. All bring joy and peace. May your life be filled with simple joys.

And because I cannot resist, I will recommend a little gem of a book by Kathleen Norris: The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and Women's Work. It's a must for writer-mamas.

Have a very blessed and beautiful Sunday.

12 comments:

dbp said...

This seems like a clever solution to the quandary; What if it rains after I hang-up the wash?

Mirka Breen said...

When my French-Algerian (now Israeli) stepmother visited us a few years back, she implored DH to get clothes-pins to let her laundry dry au naturel, in the breeze. He not only got the pins, but hung a clothesline in our back yard, and got a kiss of gratitude from her.
But it was his response to seeing the colorful clothes swaying in the gentle dancing air that stayed with me. "I feel like I'm in Sicily," he said.
I'd call it an inexpensive vacation!

Vijaya said...

David, exactly! We get a lot of pop-up storms in the afternoon. I feel like I live in a tree-house :)

Mirka, I love that story. Indeed, most of the world hangs out clothes to dry.

Faith E. Hough said...

I so need a clothesline! Today is beautiful here, and I have to fold two loads of laundry inside when I just want to be out in the fresh air! (There are two, because yesterday I did cut out on my chores a bit to enjoy the weather... ;)

Marcia said...

Oh, that is beautiful. Beautiful, beautiful porch.

Vijaya said...

Faith, there's nothing like the smell of sun-dried clothes. Even in the winter, sometimes I smell the summer, esp. of sheets tucked way back in. And here, it's so humid, the clothes remain soft.

Marcia, isn't it? It's like having a bonus room.

Gary Ludlam said...

Cheryl had me put up a clothesline for her in the backyard. Shortly thereafter, she had all the sheets out there drying. (It takes awhile in our yard due to the humidity and lack of sun.) I decided to mow the lawn.

Well... when she brough them in, the ends of the sheets were covered in a fine green spray of grass particles! Oops. I learned to coordinate laundry drying and lawn mowing a bit more carefully.

Vijaya said...

Ah, yes, we've had the clothesline in the backyard in all the homes we've lived in, and lawn mowing has to be coordinated with the wash :)

R. T. Freeman said...

Best best clothespins at the Dollarama in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. You see, I do not spend my tourist dollars on frivolous things. (I know everyone likes wooden clothespins, but I am a fan of the heavy-duty plastic ones!)

Vijaya said...

Rosemary, I use the plastic ones as chip-clips. I bought a bag of teensy wooden clothespins for doll clothes ... I'll have to put up a picture.

Nancy Butts said...

We live in a small country town, but even here we are unusual in that we've had a clothesline for years. However, your porch is a better idea. Our back yard is filled with birds, which normally is a good thing. But I often end up having to re-wash clothes because of bird poop, especially in the early summer when the mulberry trees have fruit.

Paige Harrell said...

I need one of these!! What did you use to make it? Or did you buy it from somewhere?