This morning, it got sunny and warm enough to actually hang laundry out to dry. There were times this winter when I wondered if this day would ever come again.
Hanging laundry is not only cheaper, but there's nothing quite like the fresh smell and feel of line-dried clothes. I've missed it. Hanging and bringing in laundry is usually the job of our 11 year old, but today I wanted to do it myself. Funny how little things like hanging the first load of laundry of the year can bring such joy.
When we bought the house, there was no clothesline set up. That kind of surprised us, as most places out in the country have clothesline structures --- even if they may need some of the actual lines replaced. A few years ago, we invested in a Breezecatcher rotary clothesline and have been extremely happy with it. It has tons of drying space, and I can usually get two sizable loads on it. Even fully loaded in a strong wind, the structure has stayed secure (it helps that I set the receiver for the vertical pole in concrete). The pole itself can pull out of that receiver, and the arms neatly folded down like an umbrella, when winter comes and it's time to pack everything up. Sets back up in just a couple of minutes. I like the rotary design because you can stand in one spot to hang or take down the laundry, and just rotate the whole structure as you work. There's no moving up and down the line, as you would with a traditional setup. It also has a much smaller footprint than a traditional clothesline.
Anyway, I'm just happy that spring is here at last!