One of the things that is such a simple delight to me is to hang out laundry. When my children were young, I would so enjoy getting out of the house for a few minutes – alone at my clothesline, hanging up their little clothes. At that time, it was only some simple rope strung up between three trees! What lovely memories!
Upon moving out here to our place, I was gladly anticipating a "real" country clothesline! But alas! My dream of "real" clothesline poles swallowed up in hollyhocks and morning glories was temporarily put on hold. I was back to trees with rope; and just two trees this time!
Then upon completion of the addition, my dear son, Trevor, had some spare time. He was ready to get me that clothesline!
It also helped that Marmee wanted me to write as a guest for the HomeMakers Mentor, and she liked the idea of doing a Laundry Day lesson (which could easily include the subject of clotheslines). So Trevor was glad to help out with his building skills. This was built earlier this year.
We started with the "inspiration". Do you ever save pictures of how you would like "yours" to look?
Then he went out to the woods and cut a couple of nice straight cedar logs.
These are the end posts.(I guess were back to trees!) He notched them out by hand.
He used pressure treated wood for the cross pieces.
He borrowed one of Hamlin's tea-party plates to get the rounded design.
He used his thing-a-ma-jig saw to cut.
Now just a little sanding . . .
and it's time to bolt the cross-pieces to the "poles".
On Tuesdays, I change sheets. I also wash the white shirts worn by my men~folk on Sunday.
Using my Charlies Washing Powder, I wash them in hot water and add a bit of non-chlorine bleach. I also put some liquid laundry softener into the rinse compartment.
I love white linens. I love white sheets on the beds in my home. I hand embroider the sheets for the Master bed.
Here's a close up.
This is the cut-work design I did for the pillow cases for this set.
There are no hollyhocks or morning glories around my clothesline pole ~ yet ~ but how God has blessed us with so many other beautiful surprises at "our place".