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I put up a washing line yesterday. Hooray for me! Actually, it was quite tricky - one end of it had to be tied to a hook on the wall of the house (not so hard) but the other end had to be tied to the sturdy branches of ivy that grow against the wall at the end of the garden, which involved lots of convoluted knot tying and leaf-inhaling (there's a lot of ivy). But anyway, there's now a 30 foot washing line in the back garden, and I put it up all by myself.

I am hoping that this large washing line will encourage Patsington and his wee bro Freyne 2 to stop using the bloody tumble drier for all their laundry. The inspiration of my clothes horse doesn't seem to have worked, but perhaps the delightful sight of fresh washing dancing in the breeze outside will do something. Or probably not. Seriously, I love Patsington's family, but they're the most environmentally unfriendly bunch in the world, not least because they assume a tumble drier is the default way of drying clothes. I, on the other hand, was brought up by my green mother to believe that the tumble drier is the last resort, to be used only in emergencies and when drying bed linen in winter. Since moving out here three years ago I have been using my stylin' clothes horses, but sadly Patsington and Freyne 2 have not followed my example.

Yes, I plough a lonely green furrow here with my low-energy light bulbs and my hankies instead of paper tissues (hankies from Liberty, no less, which are no more expensive than hankies from M&S and much, much prettier). And of course, I could do much better - we don't have a compost bin (I can't drive so I can't get one myself), and I only buy the limited amount of Ecover cleaning stuff that's on sale in my local Dunnes, because I always forget to get it in town. But still, at least I'm trying, unlike the Freyne men, who apparently won't rest until they have a hole in the ozone layer named after them. Or at least a enormous bloody electricity bill.



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Jun. 2nd, 2006 09:45 am (UTC)

It will probably inspire them to leave the washing in the tub until you need to do a load so that you'll hang it up.
Jun. 2nd, 2006 10:56 am (UTC)
Hee, I wouldn't be surprised. Their approach to housekeeping is of the "leave undone housework for long enough and someone else will do it" family.
Jun. 2nd, 2006 09:54 am (UTC)
Hooray for you! You need to make Patsington and Freyne 2 smell the washing after it's come in off the line. I've just been hanging Gnome's nappies up in the garden and honestly, it's almost a pleasure to change her when the nappy drawer smells all green and fresh.
Jun. 2nd, 2006 10:57 am (UTC)
I know, I've missed that delicious garden smell myself! It's a pleasure to blow my nose on a freshly laundered and line-dried hanky.
Jun. 2nd, 2006 10:00 am (UTC)

I love my clothes horse, and no longer have a dryer (the last one was a washer/dryer - there's no room for a separate one).

And you could buy some Ecover stuff today!
Jun. 2nd, 2006 10:55 am (UTC)
I also have to buy more pegs! I ended up using a fridge magnet with a clip on it as a peg yesterday. I trust I shall see you in ver Stag's later?

And I love my clothes horse(s) too, but I had almost forgotten that stuff dries way quicker on the line!
Jun. 2nd, 2006 11:17 am (UTC)
I'll be there! Oh, Bank Holiday Weekend, I kiss you!
Jun. 2nd, 2006 10:25 am (UTC)
Ah, but for those who have allergies, the dryer is a blessing. Clothes hung to dry outside are not so pleasant when they make you sneezy and miserable!
Jun. 2nd, 2006 10:53 am (UTC)
Good point! I should have thought of that. But Patsington and Freyne 2 don't even have that excuse!
Jun. 2nd, 2006 10:50 am (UTC)
they assume a tumble drier is the default way of drying clothes

I remember you telling me this recently, I find it really bizarre. We don't have a dryer, and when we did, we only ever used it for bedclothes.
Jun. 2nd, 2006 11:35 am (UTC)
Dryers are for rainy and freezy days and those workish clothes that can be damp dried and hung out and then need no ironing after? Aren't they? Besides, after hanging out, they smell so much nicer than the dryer sheety things do.
Jun. 2nd, 2006 12:22 pm (UTC)
I miss being able to hang things out on the line. My little (well, actually, big-ass) drying rack is good, but it's just not the same as actually putting things outside.

Curiously, though, a lot of my knit clothes don't fit properly unless I put them in the dryer. I have not yet figured out what quality of knit fabrics causes them to need tightening-up in the dryer, or I'd try to stop buying that kind of clothes.
Jun. 2nd, 2006 12:49 pm (UTC)
Hurrah! When it's nice, I always hang the washing outside. I have a dryer, and do use it, but not when it's dry outside. I also sometimes put things in the dryer for a little while and then hang them over a clothes horse when it's wet and horrid outside. Clothes dried outside smell so much nicer, and you get the bonus of feeling that you're not being evil with energy usage, which is always a bonus. Plus the sun is a good brightener.

Why, yes, I did just hang the bed linen out to dry in the sun.
Jun. 2nd, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC)
We always used a line when I was growing up, and I love the way it makes clothes smell. It makes me sad that I live in a place where it is so humid in summer that things will never dry if you hang them outside - they'll just slowly sour and get nasty. Sigh.
Jun. 2nd, 2006 02:14 pm (UTC)
Go you with the washing line! It seems to have been a week for my friends list (and me!) achieving things that don't just involve juggling words on the screen.

I use the tumble dryer (and/or the radiators) pretty much all winter, because things just don't get dry outside. In the spring, I always resent the feeling that I now have to take the extra time to hang things out - until I've done it a few times, and remember how much I prefer the smell of things that have dried outside...
Jun. 2nd, 2006 02:56 pm (UTC)
Yay green Stella! We, sadly, don't dry our clothes outside - yet. We're sort of overhauling the back garden at the moment, and a clothesline is one of my priorities.

Since you mention it, you can have Ecover products delivered by Ecobaby.ie for a €5.00 charge (order by phone, pay by credit card or Laser). We get washing-up liquid, dishwasher tablets, rinse aid, cleaners of various sorts, liquid soap, and 5L bottles of laundry liquid and fabric softener, which last for months (but get decanted into the 1L bottles because the 5L ones are heavy and liable to slop). I think they guarantee next-day delivery if you order before 16:00. We're happy to have them leave the stuff in the porch, so we don't even have to wait in for them.

Tell me about hankies, because I've been considering a switch: how many do you have, and do you use them even when you have a horrible streaming cold? What temperature do they need to be washed at?
Jun. 3rd, 2006 08:34 am (UTC)
Oooh, thanks for the Ecobaby news! I must check that out.

As for hankies, I have about four and yes, they can be used with serious colds. In fact, they're almost better than tissues for that because they're more resiliant! Mine are all cotton and can just be washed at 40 degrees in the machine. In fact, now I come to think of it, you could make some quite easily if you just hemmed a square of cotton...
Jun. 5th, 2006 11:39 am (UTC)
Hankies can be kinder on the nose for serious colds, too. However they should not be used to wipe a dripping nose when skiing, as they freeze...
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