Country life is full of simple pleasures. Things that often go unnoticed or seem mundane. Hanging laundry on the clothesline is one of my simple pleasures.
Valentine’s Day Gift
The first Valentine’s Day after we moved to our farm, I asked my husband for a clothesline. Checking Craig’s List, he found someone a few hours away that made them, so one afternoon we made the drive down back roads that wound through small towns and hamlets (which is another simple pleasure). They were very sturdy and well-made, just what I wanted.
Back at home, my husband set them in concrete and stretched the lines between them. I took on the task of painting them and I chose a shade of green (my favorite color) so that they would blend with the grass and trees.
My mother-in-law made me a clothes pin bag, reusing a frame and fabric remnant that she had on hand.
What I Love About It
I love seeing the laundry gently swaying in the breeze, and knowing that the sunlight naturally kills bacteria while imparting a wonderful fragrance that you can only get outdoors.
While reaching to pin or unpin I’m getting a dose of fresh air and sunshine, as well as some good stretching.
I’m often serenaded by birds in the nearby trees, and I enjoy the cacophony of our geese, ducks, guineas, chickens, and turkeys. Occasionally, one of our dogs or cats appears to keep me company.
My favorite thing to line-dry is bedding. After hanging out every layer from the mattress pad to the bedspread, I look forward to climbing into bed that night.
A Funny Comment
Once we had a few men doing masonry work near the clothesline and I was doing laundry that day. When I went out to retrieve it, one of the men said, “We sure are enjoying the smell of your laundry drying.” Wow! Would you ever think you’d hear a man say something like that?! He went on to say that he sure wished his wife would hang their laundry on a clothesline. His comments were so unexpected that I still chuckle when I remember them.
It’s good to know that I’m not the only one that appreciates the simple pleasure of the clothesline.
Note: Regarding sunlight killing bacteria, I found an article by a scientist/mother done on this exact subject here.
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