Sunday, 27 April 2008

Washing Day

Ontario residents can now legally hang their washing out to dry in the fresh air after the Premier lifted the ban on outdoor clotheslines last Friday.

The Premier said during his announcement, "There's a whole generation of kids growing up today who think a clothesline is a wrestling move".

Hanging clothes outside? Where everyone can see them?? What a concept!

No longer will the woosh of electric clothes dryers be heard across the Province, now we can hang our unmentionables out to dry on a sunny day and not worry about offending the neighbours.

I've been doing it for years.

22 comments:

Ginnie said...

There really used to be a ban??? Oh my! What has the world come to! Good for you, Ex-S, for doing it for years! It reminds me of my mother, who even hung diapers out to drive in freezing weather in MI when we were babies. They would freeze to the line.

CanadianSwiss said...

I'm just as surprised as Ginnie to hear this. I wonder when it was implemented in the first place.

And while you are hanging your wash out, I'm hoping that I'll be able to wah again soon (our washing machine died on us yesterday!)

tut-tut said...

great photo!

Erik said...

Hi Rook,

How are you? I'm sorry I've been rather hopeless at staying in touch recently - as opposed to you (thanks very much for the comments, they are very much appreciated). I hope you are well and that the Variety Show was a resounding success (which I'm sure it was from all the updates and piccies I've seen of the preparations).

My lip is back to normal now, and so I have no more excuse to hide behind for scaring away the girls!

All the best, Erik.

Peggy said...

(closes mouth after jaw dropped in astonishment) There was a BAN on hanging out your clothes to dry? Are Canadian clothes that hideous when drying? ;-)

I'm glad the ban has been lifted. It was a stupid idea and it is much better for my favourite planet that clothes get hung out to dry.

Hilary said...

Many subdivisions across Ontario had by-laws in place. My own city included. When we first moved into our townhouse 24 years ago, I was disappointed that we couldn't use anything more than those ugly umbrella shaped laundry dryers. I've been using a dryer all along, but now I'm surveying my back yard for placement of a clothesline.

Beverly said...

Wow! Even here in Florida where we have sun all the time one doens't see a clothesline very often. My mother always hung hers out, and I remember her having some underwear stolen once.

She finally broke down and got a dryer. I must confess I use a dryer all the time. I don't even have a sunny spot in my back yard...the swimming pool is there.

bigbikerbob said...

Hi, I too cant believe you wern't allowed clothes lines, we in the UK have always had streets and lanes full of washing (particularly on Modays, thats washing day)since I dont know when. When we first had the kids my wife had to light a fire under a copper boiler to heat the water, then do the washing by hand and wring it out through a mangle and hang out, many a day it froze solid.When we brought it it in we dried it off in front of the coal fire on wooden hangers.

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TorAa said...

Really? What a progress and green way of drying, not to mention the fresh smell from the air and nature.

madretz said...

I remember a conversation Jimmy and I had with a friend about clothes on a line. Mind you, this was YEARS ago, 10+, so now with the environmental concerns I suspect his opinions have changed. But whenever he would see clothes out to dry on a line, he'd think "the Projects" or urban squaller. We argued with him that a lot of people like the fresh scent of air dried clothes and he said that's why they make Bounce. LOL, there was no arguing with him. Of course, the boy was born and raised in a city, so had no concept of the homeyness of clothes on a line. Perhaps waay back when Ontario had the ban, they were afraid of people like him making assumptions about urban squaller. I personally think that's..eh hem...lame (as I tried to argue with him, lol) but people are silly like that.

d. chedwick bryant said...

I do love my clotheslines--they haven't been banned yet. I always call rain the extra rinse cycle.

nice shot--pretty

dot said...

I'm not crazy about showing my drawers to the world but I do love hanging the clothes out. I've heard there are subdivisions where you can't even have a clothes line. Crazy world!

m.e. said...

WHY did they ban drying clothes outdoors??? how strange! i remember the wonderful scent of line-dryed clothes--which, yes, at certain times of the year, were stiff if not exactly frozen solid. i also remember cussing the deer who nightly entered our orchard to dine on the apples. they'd walk about 10 feet back toward the field beyond our yard (putting them directly under our clotheslines) and be overcome with the urge to poop. gee!

Lilli & Nevada said...

I have never heard of that before, altho i know that some places that you may be camping at won't allow it. LOL Anyway i love the smell of clothes when they have been hung on the line. Actually drys so much faster then in the dryer.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Sounds like good sense as prevailed.... nothing smells sweeter that clean sheets for the cloths line.

di.di said...

way to go!! use the sun to dry your clothes instead of a dryer... it's energy-free and environmentally friendly

Libbys Blog said...

How awful, not to be able to hang your washing outside!!! I couldn't bear it!!!

see you there! said...

Lots of developements with Neighborhood Associations here in CA have a ban against clotheslines. They consider them "unsightly". Of course I consider some of the those same developements unsightly themselves.

A bed made with fresh sheets right off the line? What could be better for a good nights sleep?

Darla

Keropok Man said...

oh there is a ban on hanging up laundry to dry? it sounds silly right?

glad that the ban's lifted!

Ming the Merciless said...

So are we going to see the unmentionables?!?!?! ;-)

R. Duckie said...

Didn't they pass a law in Ontario 10 years ago that you could be topless in your own yard and yet is was still illegal to hang your unmentionables?? I never knew...