Sunday, January 4, 2015

Clothes Lines


It's so much fun seeing how others live in our differing climates of the world here on the quilt chat board.  If anyone else wants to post pictures and can't, let me know...I'll post my email address again.  I have a long clothesline attached to the back of the house but not round like Marion's.   Himself installed my clothesline with a very sturdy post 26 years ago and it serves not only to hang out my B&B sheets, our laundry but quilts that need photographing as well.  This is one of my designs called the Eastern Songbird quilt, me in the top photo with two Aussiebottoms showing and three friends, two of whom I have quilted with over the years, who assisted in this commission of the design.  The one and only time I have ever taken a commission and the last time...we were paid well, but not of course what it is worth...And that is my clothes line in my back yard, back lawn, back field but not back garden...Loved the quote by Winston Churchill, Marion...I have a book of his quotes, I don't think I've seen that one before.
Rosey

6 Comments:

At January 4, 2015 at 10:39 PM , Blogger Marion in NZ. said...

Clever Jock to hang the line at just the right height ! How do you reach the top to fix things there ? That's a very beautiful quilt Rosey and very well displayed !

Marion ...who has NOT enjoyed a day of cricket as planned, NZ is struggling against Sri Lanka ,who they had expected to crush....

 
At January 5, 2015 at 6:48 AM , Blogger RoseyP said...

Marion, how observant you are. I have had built for me a table and bench upon which to stand to hang the laundry and the table to place my laundry basket. I honestly don't know what I'd do without my clothes line. We have a very close relationship with each other, (smile). It's so long ago that I cannot remember just where himself found the pole, knowing him, it would be off the property somewhere, he would never have bought it and brought it in. He's not only a collector but someone who makes do with what is, which, while his collection drives me batty, I don't know what I'd do without him and his collection of 'things'. Our Ontario Hydro company has over the years been badly run, top executives taking the cream off the company, departing heads given extreme amounts of money, our Hydro is one of the highest cost-wise in Canada. Given the mess of running their company, I refused, once they installed something they call "Smart Meters" which apparently records only the electricity you use (and which at Xmas is always a low amount oddly enough even though ovens are used greatly around Xmas), I simply stopped using my dryer. I will not pay them any more than I have to with many complaining about Ontario Hydro, the costs continue to rise. So my clothes line is extremely important to me, particularly with the amount of washing I do for the bed & breakfast. I often have what we call a 'turnaround', meaning guests leave in the morning, new guests arrive in the afternoon, fresh sheets, towels, etc. need to be provided. Now as to the bench I stand on, guess who hits it all the time with the lawn tractor and pushes it around? Himself. I'm always having to rescue it from some wonky position. Clothes lines are cost-saving. They also are part of my childhood growing up. Mondays were washdays, always. You could hear clothes lines squeaking all over our neighbourhood on a Monday.
Rosey

 
At January 5, 2015 at 3:19 PM , Blogger Marion in NZ. said...

My family tell me I'm a bit of a laundry freak myself Rosey ! I love to see washing on the line and I positively enjoy ironing ! I don't have the pressure of B and B washing so I can choose my wash day, I almost never use the dryer, why would I ?
In case you think I am living in Paradise, I should tell you that there was a 6 point something earthquake not too far from here this morning... no reports of damage so far...

 
At January 5, 2015 at 3:35 PM , Blogger RoseyP said...

Marion, I guess snow squalls today is better than an earthquake nearby. It is also bitterly cold today. It's winter and to think R. wanted to experience a Canadian winter...do you think he'd still like to do that???
Rosey

 
At January 5, 2015 at 6:04 PM , Blogger Marion in NZ. said...

He does have a fascination for cold climates... Most of his viewing time is spent looking at "reality" TV.set in the arctic circle... either that or mining for gold somewhere inhospitable, or fishing in the dangerous deep or, ofcourse, flying anything, anywhere . Perhaps real life is too dull for him here in NZ...!

 
At January 5, 2015 at 6:24 PM , Blogger RoseyP said...

A true Walter Mitty, Marion.
R. is welcome to spend a winter here with us, at the end of a long laneway, which needs to be blown out with a snowblower. He would need a snowsuit, head to toe, a helmet and goggles. Then there is the snow shoveling close to the house, cutting the wood and splitting in preparation for winter, then bringing it in every day. Then there is the isolation of country living and the winter when there are days when it's more sensible to stay home than go out on the roads...then there are the ice storms that bring down hydro lines causing country wells not to work, they require electricity from the pump to the house...meaning that you can't flush the toilet. Do you think R. might still enjoy a Northern winter...
Rosey, who doesn't experience the same kind of winter Heather does further north of us by many hours. She spent many winters north of Winnipeg in Canada...if she's reading the board, she might share some of her winter adventures with us.

 

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