Sunday, September 13, 2009

Summer Stock Sunday - 16












For today's final post for 2009's Summer Stock Sunday, I'd like to share my favorite domestic art. I'm not much of a domestic goddess. There's almost nothing that has to do with housework that I remotely enjoy.

Except when it comes to putting my clothes on the line.

I adore everything about it. I love spending the time outside on the deck, enjoying the yard while I hang up the clothes. I actually get a warm feeling of joy when I go through the day and catch sight of the clothes blowing in the wind. And then comes the best part. Taking the clothes in and smelling that irreplacable fresh-air smell baked into the clothes by the sun and the wind.

Let's put a load of clothes out while the weather is still gorgeous.






































For more Summer Stock Sunday, visit Robin at Around The Island.

Dorothy says I love hanging clothes on the line and wish I could do that still. Apartment life kind of squelches that.

Joyce says My Aunt Mary use to say "so and so makes a beautiful laundry on her line".

Mama Pajama says Thanks for sharing your Summer with me, and I hope to see you around!

13 comments:

Dorothy said...

I grew up in an era before dryers were thought of as hosehold musts.
I love haning clothes on the line and wish I could do that still. Apartment life kind of squelches that. But the memory lives on and the smell of goodness on clothes dryed out of doors still lingers in my mind.

Joyce said...

I grew up with a clothes line in our backyard and I loved your photos. My Aunt Mary use to say "so and so makes a beautiful laundry on her line". I remember that in the winter the laundry would freeze on the line if my Mom did not keep an eye on it. I remember the rain storms on a hot summer day and running out to help Mom take down the laundry. There was nothing more relaxing then fresh smelling sheets on my bed after a long day. Thanks for the memories and I hope to see you next year for Summer Stock Sunday.
Joyce

Josie Ray said...

I remember clothes on the line when I was a kid...and that wonderful fresh smell when they returned indoors. And playing tag around the clothes and running through pants' legs and getting tangled in sheets. I also remember a bachelor neighbor at our last house...I remember his laundry: bright orange bedsheets, fuschia towels...we guessed that he cleaned up the unwanted linens at dept. store sales. It was very colorful! Nice memories...thank you.

Ms Snarky Pants said...

I really want to get one of those round clothes hangers to go in the backyard. I love everything dried outside except for towels. They tend to feel all hard and stiff. Not the way I like my towels.

Mama Pajama said...

I'm with you on not really digging the housework scene - probably why I didn't end up a housewife! I forego the dryer for environmental reasons, but I usually hang my stuff on the rack inside - I don't like my unmentionables to be so visible! Thanks for sharing your Summer with me, and I hope to see you around!

amanda said...

What a great idea, that first shot could stand alone and carry the whole idea terrific!

Michelle Johnson said...

i've never hung clothes out on a clothesline before. seems so foreign to me somehow. but, i love the idea of the clothes smelling like the outdoors. hope all is well.

Robin said...

If it makes you that happy then who am I to withhold such joy? By all means, come hang up mine too! Here in Israel with all our sun most people still hang most of their clothes on a line - even apartments have clotheslines on pullies outside one of the windows. I do dry a lot of my laundry on the line - except for towels which dry too stiff, socks and underwear because I live in a city with lots of neighbors and just ewww, and the kids' clothes, because who has the patience to hang out the million small items that make up each load.

Thanks so much for playing along so faithfully each week Julia and making Summer Stock so much fun, it was a real treat to see what summer is like in your part of the world.

maryt/theteach said...

Thanks for sharing your laundry with me, Julia! How neat you are! :)

Travis said...

I have never dried clothes that way.

Jientje said...

I simply love the look of laundry and clothes on a clothes line! What a great series for SS SUnday!!!
May your Fall be as beautiful as Summer was.

Glennis said...

Not having a clothes drier I always hang my washing outside, on a round rotary line, winter and summer, actually I also enjoy bringing it inside and folding it all nice and fresh and warm from the sun.

anthonynorth said...

My Dearest always insists on getting the washing out on the line - she'll even put it out during lulls in the rain. Must have some fresh air.