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Housewifely Wisdom [Sep. 30th, 2017|12:04 pm]
Tony Grist
When David Hockney's Yorkshire mum flew out to stay with him at his pad in the hills above L.A. she is supposed to have said- after several days of basking on a sun lounger beside the pool- "One thing I don't understand is why, when the weather is so fine, no-one hangs their washing out to dry..."

Bless!

But it's a good question. The answer but not a sufficient answer is that everyone had tumble dryers, but, then, how wasteful of them, how silly. Why pay for power (which is probably produced in ways that pollute the environment) when the sun and the wind are for free?
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2017-09-30 11:53 am (UTC)
Can't understand people who only work with that shit unless anything forces them to do so.
By the way, not all pieces of clothes are even suitable for tumble dryers.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-09-30 12:01 pm (UTC)
That's true. We've learned not to put woollens in ours.

And today because it's warm I've got washing hanging out.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2017-09-30 12:16 pm (UTC)
Woollens are stuff that doesn't like heat too much in general... If I remember correctly, washing programs in the machines are at most only set to offer 30°C.
Think, prints on clothes also don't like heat. The bigger they are, the better you just put them on a clothes line to dry. Only thing you can maybe do to make it go faster for you is when you give it an extra round of spin-drying in the normal washing machine. Most clothes are able to handle that at least.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-09-30 12:31 pm (UTC)
We have an airing cupboard. It's where the water heater lives. Clothes that are almost but not quite dry go in there.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2017-09-30 01:09 pm (UTC)
Phew, such a thing even I didn't know!
Is this more like a "thing" to have in the "older" generation (don't want that to sound too disrespectful) or is this some thing that also the younger generation could know?
I'm only asking 'cause I don't know such a cupboard. Needed to use a search engine to receive a picture what I need to imagine under that term.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-09-30 02:04 pm (UTC)
It's probably an "older generation" thing. The boiler sits in a full length cupboard with shelves slotted around it for storing laundry. I don't know when this was put in exactly- but probably before my parents bought the house in the early 70s.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2017-09-30 05:08 pm (UTC)
Well, then it might be no miracle that I don't know it...
I know still what a washkitchen is, but GDR life perhaps also was a little different some times anyway. The places you lived had to offer you what you need to manage your household, not just make commerce or put people into small chicken cages to live... At least I feel like air-drying was the common way and nearly every place where people lived they had spaces to put your stuff on a clothes line.
Otherwise, technical devices needed to created mostly from own efforts, they couldn't just be bought from abroad - from other countries which wouldn't accept your national currency... So everything that existed in that in the world wasn't necessarily available here.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2017-09-30 01:11 pm (UTC)
I don't know where he lives but where *I* live, there are gated communities where, if you hang out your washing to dry, you get fined. When I lived next to the golf course, one of my great pleasures was hanging out my laundry to dry. I loved the smell, always, and felt virtuous because I had reduced my carbon footprint
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-09-30 01:56 pm (UTC)
That's ridiculous. And snobbish. (But I'm not surprised).
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2017-09-30 01:58 pm (UTC)
I used to work with a law professor who lives in a gated community. He got a note that his lawn needed to be cut, so he went outside in his cowboy boots and a Speedo and mowed the lawn. Of course, really if he didn't believe in that kind of stuff he wouldn't live there. I agree with you.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-09-30 02:08 pm (UTC)
As you're probably aware we let our lawn grow this summer and it was full of wildflowers and really beautiful. We've cut it now- so it doesn't turn into a jungle- but- if we're still here- we'll let in grown again next year.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2017-09-30 02:27 pm (UTC)
Here in southern Spain mechanical dryers are rare. We have so much sun and it is customary to hang out the laundry to dry and always has been. Even in the cities all the tall buildings of flats have clotheslines on their roofs for all the residents. I have never owned a dryer. Of course when we have a rainy stretch one would come in handy but we've never seriously thought about getting one.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-09-30 02:56 pm (UTC)
If I could dry all our washing on the line I would, but the British climate doesn't permit it. I hung clothes out this morning and have just had to rush them back indoors because of rain.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2017-09-30 03:05 pm (UTC)
I realize that your climate isn't our climate but I do feel lucky that we can dry clothing outside year-round. Of course, I do envy you your rain...we are in dire need of precipitation.
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