photo by Pearl Beerhorst
We have been hanging our clothes to dry for the last five years. In the winter they go on the short lines in the basement and the wooden drying rack. Sometimes if it is mild we will put clothes on the line in the winter. It is kind of fun to feel a big white sheet frozen stiff on the line.
As if it is not old school enough to hang the wash on the line, I even washed all of our clothing by hand (A family of eight) with a wash board and ringer for about fourteen months a few years back. Our washing maching gave up it's ghost and we had just had a traveler staying with us fresh back from Central America. She had been living with a family of seven who did all their wash by hand and that inspired me to try. Of course it was a lot of work but I also found a nice rhythm after awhile that was not unlike meditation. I'll never forget when we finally did get a new washing machine. I just sat down on the basement floor and watched it churn for a long time.
Our family lives on a very small income and this does not allow us to travel much or very far so we have to find our adventure under our own roof or in the back yard.