It's the Maritime Way

You love it or you hate it!

I'm sorry, but Downey fabric softener in the dryer will make my clothes smell just fine. You're going to tell me it's all about "sun-sweet smells" and being ecologically minded, but on this one, I really don't care to budge. This yard sits right on the street http://365project.org/Weezilou/365/2010-05-22 and I actually adjusted my point of view so I wasn't photographing the underwear. Around town many yards looked the same...all that time spent hanging up one clothing item at a time. The sun shone. And then the clouds rolled in and it poured this afternoon. Where's all that wet clothing tonight?

I stand my ground on this one. I'm sure you're going to give me your opinion!
I am SO with you on this one, Louise, but it sure makes a pretty picture!
posted June 6th, 2010  
I agree with you on having a dryer, I hung clothes for a short time, then we bought a dryer and I never went back to it. This is such a pretty photo, I am glad that someone still hangs their clothes for your shot.
posted June 6th, 2010  
I know, I know... the environment. But I love the smell of Downey dryer sheets. =)
posted June 6th, 2010  
What a perfect little yard! ^-^
I wonder if they brought their wet clothes inside and are waiting to hang them back up after the storm.
This is a great picture!

Also, thank you so much for the kind words!
posted June 6th, 2010  
I'm glad you spared us of your neighbor's underwear! I am with you on this one - even if I had a yard to hang clothes in I would prefer to just toss them in the dryer. This is a great shot though! Love the bright colors of the clothing along with the grass and trees. Plus the white fence in the foreground really adds to the scene.
posted June 6th, 2010  
I'm with ya Louise...inside drying for me. Can you imagine how long it would take for all these little doggie beds and blankets to dry outside??? I don't think so. This made for a wonderful photo though : )
Oh and if I ever do make it up there to your paradise...you may snap away!
posted June 6th, 2010  
At least they're airing their clean laundry.
posted June 6th, 2010  
What a lovely photo! I am with you on the using the dryer inside. Can you imagine all the nasty pollen those clothes are attracting? I would be coughing and sneezing just spending enough time outside to hang up the clothes, without breathing it in all day from wearing them!
posted June 6th, 2010  
There's not enough money in the world to get me to hang underwear outside. Things like that are a 100% of the time a dryer thing. That said, I line dry almost every other item of clothes, but indoors. For me I think it's just a family habit, because my mom does too, and so did my grandparents. I think it makes for a really cute photo.
posted June 6th, 2010  
Haha I have been there and done that because we have HORRIBLE luck with dryers but I did not hang my undies for the world to see lol. Great picture :)
posted June 6th, 2010  
I'm with you also Louise...Gotta have the dryer....It sure is a lovely photo though
posted June 6th, 2010  
The last time I hung my clothes out on the line (sans unmentionables) a lady in a minivan pulled up and wanted to buy everything - she thought I was having a yard sale! Great shot, Louise!!
posted June 6th, 2010  
As long as its downy.. im all for it.. i work for the company who makes it :)
posted June 6th, 2010  
Dryers win every time!
posted June 6th, 2010  
It can create for a lovely colorful scene....but not exactly something that I wish to share with my neighbors. I don't know if the "fresh air" would be good for my allergies as well. But then, I don't always appreciate the fact that the dryer shrinks my clothes either. Lovely photo especially with flowers and the white picket fence!
posted June 6th, 2010  
That's such a great picture. I love the colors and the composition.
posted June 6th, 2010  
Louise, I absolutely love this photo! Colors and composition are wonderful, and very cheery!
Also, you are too kind! Thank you for your words of encouragement on my photo! I am still quite overwhelmed at how many people admired and enjoyed this one!! Not too shabby for a photo that was not my original idea! Thank you again!
posted June 6th, 2010  
This picture is a lovely composition love the colours and the way they blend... it really did look good even in thumbnail!
posted June 6th, 2010  
Classic shot! :D
posted June 6th, 2010  
Great capture!
posted June 6th, 2010  
I have to say, I love the look of clotheslines. It is so comfy-cozy. But I'm not going to do it myself unless we have another power outage... :) I"m with you!
posted June 6th, 2010  
Soooooo pretty!! I love your vacation pictures...... How close to the coast are you???
posted June 6th, 2010  
Cute picture but I would have to agree with you I am all for the dryer plus I love the smell of freshly washed/dried clothes and how that smell lingers in my house.
posted June 6th, 2010  
What a great pic, love all the colours and what a cute little yard. Must say I only use the dryer if the sun isn't shining.
posted June 6th, 2010  
Lovely shot. Perfect colours. Love the picket fence in the foreground, it ties the photoand it's mood together beautifully.
posted June 6th, 2010  
Last time I hung my laundry to dry I was in Saudi Arabia with a few thousand Marines. No thank you. Dryer? Definitely.
posted June 6th, 2010  
Well...I'll tell you what side of the fence I'M on!
YOURS.

1. I'm not hanging my underwear outside, ever. no way, no how.
b. Clothes fade in the sun. period.
* Line dried clothes stay all stiff, instead of fluffy, from the dryer.
iv. They'd be magnets for pollen and bird poop.

Though admittedly, my dryer is currently busted...so I've been hanging my underwear from my shower line. And towels, and sheets.
We have a laundry room in our townhouse complex, so we've been making use of it for the other stuff.

I really do love the composition of this shot, though.
It really does exemplify another aspect of maritime life.

I can't think of too much else that you HAVEN'T shown us of a typical Nova Scotian town...except a lobster fest perhaps, a quilting fair, and a good old fashioned stompin' caileigh.
A challenge, perhaps? ;-)
posted June 6th, 2010  
And...can you really have been away from your Calif. home for a month, now?
posted June 6th, 2010  
Louise, You'd feel right at home on Mondays in Amish Country!
posted June 6th, 2010  
In Australia, I rarely use my dryer.
Maybe twice a year. We would not be able to afford the power bill.
The weather is usually fine.
Great photo though Louise! :D
posted June 6th, 2010  
pretty clothes line.... refreshing colors too
posted June 6th, 2010  
A cheerful photo - love it!
posted June 6th, 2010  
this is another lovely, bright photo that you have taken! you always capture something new in your photos!
posted June 6th, 2010  
It is against the rules of our homeowners association to hang clothes out to dry. Isn't that sad. I agree that they smell so much better. My friend in Kentville, NS always hangs hers outside - when it is not freezing out!

Lousie, you picture is just beautiful. You took the mundane and made it lovely - again!
posted June 6th, 2010  
Great photo Louise, I love the pretty garden. :)
I've never owned a dryer, mum had one when I was growing up that maybe got used about 10 times in 15 years.
posted June 6th, 2010  
Louise - please help me. I've read and re-read your comments, and looked at the pretty picture, but I just don't understand the issue. Is it that there is a "right" or "wrong" debate about putting washing out to dry?
posted June 6th, 2010  
how funny, but the first thing in my mind's eye was oh no, not the undies.....oh, how lovely is your garden, i don't mind washing dirty clothes everyday if this is where i'll end up with to dry them! a very refreshing sight!
posted June 6th, 2010  
Louise... thank you for the "dryer debate" information. I just love this about 365 - you discover issues you never knew existed! South Africa falls into the same camp as the Australians ... we are more likely to line-dry clothing, although it is common for houses to have dryers for wet days, which is the only time we use ours.
posted June 6th, 2010  
I love this photo! It just screams summer to me. When I was a kid, we always used to line dry our laundry when the weather was good to save on the electric bill. I do like my laundry air-dried when I can (our building doesn't allow us to have a clothes line), but I don't like to line dry towels. They get too stiff!

Thanks for your encouragement on my portrait. I'm always nervous and uncomfortable when I work with human subjects, and it definitely transfers into the image. I've been in a very bad habit lately of only processing the shot I'm going to use for the day, but if I ever get the rest of the shots on Flickr, I'll let you know. You take such wonderful people shots, and your ease with the subjects definitely shows!
posted June 6th, 2010  
Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I had forgotten that we did that when I was young. I'm definately with you on this! I love the smell and feel of warm clothing fresh from the dryer. Aside from the fact that there are no birds in there to soil my freshly laundered items.
posted June 6th, 2010  
I'm a dryer fan, too, but I do love the look of a clothes line, and this one is especially idyllic... Nice shot!
posted June 6th, 2010  
what a lovely and beautiful garden...I like to have one just like this...and I like the composition and perspective of the picture, and the colors...it's a fave...
posted June 6th, 2010  
i'm all for laundramats, but at one point in my life all we had was a wringer washer..no dryer. what a chore. might as well take them to the river and beat them on a rock!
posted June 6th, 2010  
Definately to each his own...but look what a great photo study we'd be missing if everyone used the dryer. You know there is a method to hanging clothes...anyone with OCD knows that... I agree about the towels though...soft is good. Looks like this clothesline is on a reel...that's fun!
posted June 6th, 2010  
I didn't have time to read everyone elses comments so maybe I am repeating what many others have said...my thought...life is too short to spend it hanging laundry outside ...besides I don't want the neighbors seeing everything I own...YET I still remember my mom doing this before dad finally talked her into getting a dryer...she was very frugal and did not see the sense it in b/c if weather was bad she still had the basement in which to hang clothes...and then when I got married we did the weekly laundromat thing which I absolutely hated...but one day I sat down and figured out how much we spent a month on this...and how much a monthly payment on a dryer would be at JC Penneys...cheaper by $2...so we went out and made out 1st charge purchase...damn, I'm old!!!
posted June 6th, 2010  
I love the photo--but what the heck, you should have left in the undies (haha). Very nice colours in this shot--and your yard looks so pretty and inviting. I envy your flowers and obvious green thumb
posted June 6th, 2010  
We've always had a dryer, but I do remember my mother hanging out things on those summer days when opening the door was like walking into a blast furnace, and everything would be dry in ten minutes. Not me, though--I've got allergies and way too many blue jays around here. :) She doesn't do it anymore, either; dryers are a whole lot more energy-efficient than they were twenty-five years ago.

That is one of the most beautiful cottage gardens I have ever seen outside the pages of a magazine. I've love to be able to grow flowers like that!
posted June 6th, 2010  
this photo is just too cute!! the white fence and colorful clothes, and the sunshine! i love it!
posted June 6th, 2010  
I love the beauty in this...who would've ever thought laundry could be beautiful...but Louise you have made that happen!!I love the smell of laundry that's been hung out to dry!!Nice capture =)
posted June 6th, 2010  
I just love yo be able to hang the washing out on the line which is in our orchard ,away from any photographers passing by!
posted June 6th, 2010  
Wu
I'm about 50/50 with the dryer. I enjoy it for convenience sake (and, in case of rain) but sometimes, I do like to dry my stuff outside.

It does have a different smell to it ;)

v. cute photo Louise
posted June 6th, 2010  
Ok so then do you have any whales out there this time of year?? Louise what type of animals are out in your area????
posted June 6th, 2010  
I'm going whale watching off Dana Point tomorrow, but if I don't get lucky maybe you will have a whale pic for me before you come home from vacation................................. ;-)
posted June 6th, 2010  
Beautiful garden..and I like the white fence..Great capture..as usual..'Fave'
posted June 6th, 2010  
I LOVE sun dried clothes. Love your picture though.
posted June 6th, 2010  
Oh I love this..i like the very homey feel...i feel like I could be in my own backyard :)
posted June 6th, 2010  
Lovely! I love the rich colors and the laundry looks pretty nice. I don't have a dryer, I think it's a waste of energy, sorry. I don't hang my laundry outside though except in our summer house. I love the smell of the fresh wind in them.
Whales, you could go whale watching? That sounds amazing.
posted June 6th, 2010  
This picture is so lush and vibrant, really beautiful. We line dry clothes, unless it's bad weather, P is very eco minded.
posted June 6th, 2010  
Wow, what a relaxing shot! Great Job, Louise!
posted June 6th, 2010  
What a pretty garden, I'm with the owner! I always hang my washing outside if it's not raining. Don't own a dryer, not prepared to pay for all that electricity! But then I do have a washing machine, no need to use the lavoir thank goodness! http://365project.org/lachapaudie/365/2010-06-03
posted June 7th, 2010  
Les
I am loving the pretty yard!!! I can't choose to hang out laundry because my son has too many different grass allergies so dryer for us.
posted June 7th, 2010  
Couldn't agree with you more Louise - I love Downy. Beautiful shot anyway :-)
posted June 7th, 2010  
Pretty picture! As for the dryer, I've done both. My mom, who has a dryer is all about the clothesline. I'm allergic to dyes & scents so while I do use Downy it's the hypoallergenic type. I personally can't stand putting on crunchy jeans though!!!
posted June 7th, 2010  
p.s. I think, i'm pretty sure actually that you are the only one here who can pull off the photo with underwear in it and still manage to get some "favs", that's how much we love you :)))
posted June 7th, 2010  
Love, love, LOOOOVE this! I so wish I had a line to dry my clothes on.... there is an old neglected laundry pole that sits in the alley next to my house. Each time I walk by it I wish I could just pick it up and bring it in my yard. Hmmm maybe one day I will... :) hehehe and You know I don't mind hanging my undies out in the open....

Gorgeous colors and did I mention I love this?! *fav*
posted June 7th, 2010  
I love clothesline pictures++
posted June 7th, 2010  
Fabulous photo, Louise. It takes me back... As a kid, my towels were scratchy, yet oddly fresh smelling.
posted June 7th, 2010  
My goodness Louise - you must really be getting harassed by your neighbors! They must be die-hards. What do they do in the winter?
I enjoy hanging out laundry once in a while, when the weather is nice and I have some time. But I mostly use the dryer. Although, my dryer is so old that line drying - even with all that clipping - is faster.
The shot is really pretty with the flowers in the garden and everything. :-)
posted June 7th, 2010  
ahhh...nothing like clothes on the line...great perspective too! the inclusion of the white picket fence just adds to the "americana' feel (even though i know this was in Canada...but you know what i mean, right?) personally, i think it gives them a diff smell when they hang outdoors versus using dryer sheets. but if you have stinky neighbors (ours smoke on their back deck) it makes it difficult to utilize mother nature to dry clothes...i agree...i love my dryer. am waaaaayyyy to impatient to wait for the line dry. thank you also for your wonderful comments and answers to my questions. love learning from others...oh! and i have my camera with me all the time because it's actually a function on my cell phone. takes pretty good shots, too. have asked the hubby for a dslr for our 5 year wedding anniv.
posted June 7th, 2010  
When I was a kid, we had a period money was really tight, so we hung clothes to dry. I HATED it! Jeans taken down stood up like they were cut out of cardboard. We never did undies outside-that's why you have a shower!
That said, this is a lovely picture! I love the light and the color and how you composed it with foreground, midground and background.

Love the story too!
posted June 7th, 2010  
very nice photo, i am personally too lazy to hang clothes.
posted June 7th, 2010  
I suddenly want to climb over that fence and help with the clothes, then hunker down into the shade with a book. (sigh)
posted June 7th, 2010  
It looks very idyllic in the picture, but yeah I might be with you - sounds good in theory, but...
posted June 7th, 2010  
Love the shot! The colours are tremendous. :)
posted June 7th, 2010  
awesome concept for a shot!!! i love it!
posted June 7th, 2010  
I think in the UK it must be more an everyday kind of thing to hang our washing outside to dry! Which is weird really, since we have the most unpredictable weather on the entire planet. But I think we partly do it just to spice up our lives with a little risk! Here is a typical converstaion you'll hear on any street or outside any school gate on any day of the year.
First woman: Mmm, do you think it's going to rain...
Second woman: I hope not, I've just put my washing out.
First woman. Uh oh! That's it then. It you've got a line full of washing out, it's bound to rain!
Third woman (hurrying by, overhearing). Wonder if I've got time to get my sheets off the line before I get to work...or maybe I'll just live dangerously!

I do have a dryer but it only gets used when it's raining outside and my indoor clothes horse is full because I'm on the fifth load of laundry in a day (usually football and/or cricket kits) and even then I feel a bit guilty. Myabe that's just me! Interesting how these things differ around the world!
posted June 7th, 2010  
oops - got so carried away with washing stories there I forget to say how lovely your photograph is - the white picket fence is perfect with the line full of bright washing
posted June 7th, 2010  
Solution: Hang out the washing in the back yard! :D
Then no one's forced to look at it, but you're still being environmentally friendly ;) If the sun's out, make the most of it!

I love this photo, by the way!
posted June 7th, 2010  
pretty photo! love the colors and the white picket fence
posted June 7th, 2010  
My white sheets are on the line now, and I do love how they smell when they come in. I also hang out the girls dresses, because they grow so fast I can't afford to have them shrink in the dryer. BUT, I am SO with you on the undies! There is a house on our street whose only sunny spot is on the side of their driveway and they hang it ALL out for the world to see... Makes me nuts!
posted June 7th, 2010  
Love the photo by the way!
posted June 7th, 2010  
this is so cozy looking! =D
posted June 8th, 2010  
hahaha!! I LOVE that, Louise!!! Gorgeous photo!! Do you know what's still one of my Number 1 things I love about the USA - DRYERS! Now laundry is not a chore anymore, it's a pleasurable activity! There's nothing that compares to warm, fluffy towels! :-) People in Bulgaria are sill not so used to dryers, so you can see laundry hanging out from every balcony. Not my granny, however ;-)) She's in with the new trends and last year we got her a beautiful brand-new dryer she can't get enough of now! ;-) All her firends are jealous, but what can I say - tehy don't have granddaughters to show them the way ;-))
posted June 8th, 2010  
This is such a sweet, colorful photo and my, oh, my, what wonderful discourse about doing laundry it inspired. This deserves several pages in a Shutterfly book!
posted June 8th, 2010  
Nope, can't change my opinion...lol this is a beautiful sight to me and I LOVE hanging out clothes. ;D
posted June 9th, 2010  
This is such a beautifully composed shot! The laundry really does look beautiful (and thanks for making me LOL with your comment about angling the shot to avoid the underwear)...I'm with you on the beauty of clothes coming from the dryer. When we backpacked through Italy, we hand-washed our clothes every couple of days and hung them like the Italians...Then we discovered that for a small fee, we could take them (in Italy) to the fluff & fold, and it was like we'd died and gone to heaven with our soft clothes.....ahhhhhhhhh.....I remember it well. I prefer my clothes soft, not crunchy.
posted June 9th, 2010  
I love this photo; it's like a perfect little piece of the world :D Haha :D
posted June 13th, 2010  
Gosh I am way behind I thought this looked familar but no comment!!!!!
I loved the photo and the colours and the picket.
When I was in my teens and 19-20 I wasn't so hot at taking photos but I always managed to get either rubbish bins or Clothes line in the back ground, I used to get so many digs & laughs by the family. So it was a nice feeling for me.
posted September 17th, 2010  
Fabulous composition and scene. I love the lush garden background.
posted August 21st, 2015  
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