I love hanging laundry out to dry. There are so many fond memories associated with it for me. When I was a little girl, my momma always hung laundry to dry. Even in the wintertime she always had a way to do it in the house. In later years she owned a dryer, but never used it to dry the clothing... only to "fluff up" some things. She said that a dryer would "beat up" the clothes and wear them out faster. She was right. Back in those days the only clothesline available was the white cotton kind, which stretches, and she had some long pieces of wood with notches in the ends and she would prop up the middle of the clotheslines so the laundry would not drag on the ground. My favorite part was how she hung our sheets. One end was pinned to one line, and the other end was pinned to the adjacent line, so there was this beautiful sheet with a "tunnel" in the middle. I used to go and look at that and wish that I could climb up in there and take a nap. I think about that every time I hang out the sheets!
Here is today's laundry:
In 1977 we lived in a little house that had no place to hook up a washer or dryer. Money was very tight, so I couldn't afford to go to a laundromat. I did our washing in a wash tub in the bathroom and found an old hand-cranked wringer that I attached to an open drawer. Needless to say, doing the laundry was quite a chore! Even so, though, I didn't have to heat the water like our grandmothers would have. One day I had hung all the laundry out to dry, and my little girl (see her in the picture) who was 3 years old, pulled one of the sheets off the line and got it all dirty. I was not pleased, and in order to make the punishment fit the crime, I made her wash it again for me. She thought it was great fun! Fortunately, she never repeated her crime. :-)
Scroll forward about 22 years and here is another laundry photo. This is the daughter of the little girl you see above, enjoying HER mom's drying sheets!
These pictures are all framed and hanging in my laundry room. This next one is a drawing that one of our granddaughters drew of the hanging laundry when she was living here.
And I still have that washboard.....