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Naomi

The Clothesline

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Naomi

A clothesline was a news forecast, To neighbors passing by,

There were no secrets you could keep, When clothes were hung to dry.

It also was a friendly link, For neighbors always knew

If company had stopped on by, To spend a night or two.

For then you'd see the "fancy sheets", And towels upon the line;

You'd see the "company table cloths", With intricate designs.

The line announced a baby's birth, From folks who lived inside,

As brand new infant clothes were hung, So carefully with pride!

The ages of the children could, So readily be known

By watching how the sizes changed, You'd know how much they'd grown!

It also told when illness struck, As extra sheets were hung;

Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe too, Haphazardly were strung.

It also said, "On vacation now", When lines hung limp and bare.

It told, "We're back!" when full lines sagged, With not an inch to spare!

New folks in town were scorned upon, If wash was dingy and gray,

As neighbors carefully raised their brows, And looked the other way.

But clotheslines now are of the past, For dryers make work much less.

Now what goes on inside a home, Is anybody's guess!

I really miss that way of life, It was a friendly sign

When neighbors knew each other best... By what hung out on that line.

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norfoith

The Government here in Queensland (Australia) is trying to encourage people to use their dryers less and clothesline more - you know, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (almost all our electricity is from coal burning power stations) and it also puts less strain on the electricity distribution network.

Personally I only dry towels & sheets on the outdoor clothesline, clothes I dry on an indoor clothesline in the sunroom, because it means I can hang out the washing any time of day night and not worry about dew falling etc.

Most of my neighbours use their clothesline too...although I never take much notice of exactly what's hanging on them.

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Naomi

norfoith, for years people have teased me about using my clothsline. I have had one put in every house in which I have lived. Living in Mexico was the best because the roofs are so condusive to using the 'line.

I really like how my towels and sheets smell and feel when dried in the fresh air.

I read some stats on how much energy we would save if we all used our dryers less. And, how much less polution we would put into the air in our homes. The only thing about these studies is that you can slant the results, if you so desire.

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whatisthis

In Kwang Ju South Korea they are very high tech when it comes to washing machines and most anything else. But "solar dryers" are still there to stay! I loved seeing clotheslines again. I asked why the clotheslines when they all seem to have such fancy washing machines, rice steamers, cameras, cell phones, etc, and was told by several different people that nobody could see any reason to waste energy on dryers.

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Ellen

In Aurora Ontario there was a law that a yard could not string a clothes line out.

Recently there was a move to bring them back to save electricity. I don't know if the bylaw changed but I haven't seen any lines there yet.

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