thief of time

Sunday, October 03, 2004

Doing the Wash

It rained this week for the first time in awhile and it wasn’t the half-hearted attempt it’s been recently either. I don’t imagine it’s made all that much difference to the dam levels, but it sure felt wonderful to see there still was rain about.

It must be the mark of a thoroughly domesticated woman, though, that the first thing I could think of this morning wasn’t that it was glorious weather and I should get out in the fresh air and sunshine. The first thing that popped into my head was the thought that it looked like being a fine drying day.

Yuck. How boring. And yet, how typical.

The first time it becomes a priority is probably when the children are babies and it’s a matter of near desperation when it looks like the sun isn’t going to shine long enough to get caught up on the nappies. After that, a habit is probably so established that becomes very hard to break.

I’ve almost bought a clothes dryer a few times in my married life. I’m certainly not against them. It’s just that when I’m at the end of my tether and about to go out and get one, the never ending rain stops and we’re back to all the fresh air and sunshine that Oz is justly famous for.

I guess I’ll just continue to tie myself into the giant cycle of Nature and stick to my Hills hoist for the time being, until I get too decrepit to put things up on the line.

The Hills Hoist! Now there’s a marvel of technology and one I won’t give up easily, even though my husband dropped a tree branch on ours and it’s now slightly tilted at a jaunty angle. It might not be the most beautiful thing to have in a backyard, but it’s certainly the most useful and as long as we’re careful with falling branches, it may well outlast us.


  • Not only does the use of the Hills Hoist reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of power stations a dryer would otherwise produce, it also recycles the laundry water into the atmosphere. More laundry, more evaporation. (Yes, I know it doesn't really work that way, but it's a pretty little fantasy, isn't it?)

    By Blogger Gregory, at October 5, 2004 at 2:55 p.m.  

  • Nice plug for nature if we don't think about it too long.

    By Blogger Bee, at October 5, 2004 at 7:48 p.m.  

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