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September 17, 2010


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Oh, that brought back memories of the days my mom hung our clothes on the line... funny story.. I got married in the backyard and in my wedding picture was my mom's clothes hanging out to dry. We still get a kick out of that picture.


no clothesline for us either. ugh. i'd love one. and chickens, too;) my *bad-girl* wish list keeps growing. i bet the linens smell soooooo sweet.

Amanda Purvis

Jeanne, you can come to our house anytime! We live in downtown CR and have the best vintage clothes line at our old house, and it's right in the city!


we did not, but some of my sweet memories are those of spending summer time days with my grandmother in south georgia. she had a clothes line. she would chat over the fence to her sweet neighbor as they both hung the wash. honestly i can smell that fresh laundry smell now.
she grew tomoatoes...the best i've ever tasted too

sweet memories

lovely images of simple linens...just beautiful xo


I have a large rack that folds up and I hang most of our clothes outside. Not quite the same, but at least I am not using electricity and our clothes smell better than any fabric softner! (this is the one I have: http://www.amazon.com/Leifheit-Pegasus-Standing-Laundry-Clothes/dp/B002BFRW76)

Courtney Walsh

aw, i want a clothesline. how could they ban clotheslines? they are so pretty!! :)


I grew up with a clothesline that was used routinely when summer weather warranted. However, I must confess I am not much a fan of the stiff towels and shirts that follow a good hanging-out-to-dry. That soft, fluffy feeling post-dryer is much more comforting to me. Of course photos of clotheslines are much more romantic than those of dryers. :)


I think my neighbors would think I had gone crazy! I love these pictures all your vintage French Linens look amazing flowing in the wind.


We have a clothesline and I love it..we use it for mostly towels and sheets, lol! I have a deal with my neighbor that they can use it if they want and I will never hang our underwear on it (and neither can they)! lol...I remember that my grandmother on my dads side had the BEST clothesline. I can still see the sheets blowing out there with the breeze coming off the bay...I loved it!


What would I do without my clothesline? Here in Indiana, I live in a vintage Craftsman-inspired home in an historic district. Throughout our "warm" seasons, I line dry knits and cottons I don't care to shrink in the dryer, in addition to blankets and the like I've used during colder months.

It's a time for introspective thoughts and de-accelerating from life in the crass lane while enjoying God's out-of-doors and backyard creatures (butterflies, birds, etc.).

Every backyard should have a clothesline! ;-)

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints

Oh I remember my mom's clotheline. The towels hard from flapping in the wind. Smelled so good though! Your vintage stuff looks good hanging there. Makes a pretty picture:)

Went to the market today. Had lots of fun. I'll call and tell ya all about it soon.

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints

Oh and I'm kicking myself for not going to that Creative Connections. My friend went and it sounded FABULOUS! Next year girl it's on!! Ree Drummond, Amy Butler, Lisa Leonard, Lisa Sowers etc...were all there! Oh and I met Beth Quinn today. She's a doll:)


Lovely pics! We used to have a clothesline in our backyard when I was little. I remember my mom using it on a daily basis. Happy weekend! :)



I love your photos and sweet memories:)


I remember when I first learned that sub divisions in the States had by laws preventing home owners from having clotheslines. OMGoodness what a shock. I think here in Australia clotheslines are largely the norm.

Destiny (The Ruffled Nest)

I always wondered how often the birds "got" the laundry if you know what I mean....strangely, I can't recall it ever happening when I was younger...Wish I had a line now : ) I supposed I could put one up from one side of the deck to the other : )


i grew up with a clothesline as well but my little 40's ranch doesn't have one. BUT I have created my own by stringing some clothes line rope from the shed to the back porch. I know my neighbors think I am crazy but the smell of all my clothes is lovely plus I only dry socks and undies in the dryer. Trying to live a bit more green. I take it down after laundry dayl I love the memory of sheets flapping in the wind.


this was a dreamy post! I wish I could do a clothesline that looked like that! I'm afraid that most days everything would get rained on. But doesn't it just look peaceful.

ps while writing this comment becky called and happened to share your comment on her husbands blog. That cracks me up so bad! You slay me!


Great photos! I have a clothesline, one that I make when needed, to hang all my French and Victorian linens on. There just is NOTHING like linens that dry outside. I can't believe you CAN'T have clotheslines. ack.


i don't have a clothesline and didn't grow up with one. gee, i guess i could hang one though. my oldest sister has one and uses it all year, all four seasons. hardcore!

happy weekend


Sherry Hicks

We live in a town that is growing rapidly but we live on the outskirts on an acre where we can have animals, park boats do whatever we want, there is a house down the street that has a zebra in the front yard. However I do not have a clothesline. Your post did bring back memories of my childhood when even living in neighborhoods most people had clotheslines for at least towels and bedsheets. We used ours for everything as we did not get a dryer until I was a teen, it came about the same time as the microwave in our house. You cannot beat the smell of clothes hanging on a line, Jeans got real stiff though........I really enjoy your photography!


I love this look. I actually could have one...now I am thinking it is crazy that I don't!


Most Australian backyards still have a clothesline - it would be criminal to use a dryer when we have all that sunshine. Rather than a long one like your photo, we usually have a rotary one, similar to a large umbrella.


Hi - awww gorgeous images...I love clothes lines and am mildly obsessive about trying to dry clothes outdoors - they just smell better! I am not a tumble dryer kinda girl. This post has cemented my thoughts - it's outside or nothing! Lou x


Looks just beautiful!!! But we don't have clotheslines either...at least we would be able to in the subdivision we live in

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