Clothesline
Janet

Janet

A Proper Clothesline

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My brother suggested it first, but in the long standing way he and I have come to acknowledge good ideas, I am going to claim it. It just seemed fitting that if you are working on an old 1930’s house and trying to be part of a farm, it’s sensible to have a clothesline. So, as fate would have it, a friend of mine happened to have one, in the back yard of an old house that she was renovating. She didn’t know I wanted one, she just knew I wanted to see what she was doing to the old house as she experimented. But there you go, as I walked into the back yard, a big old oak gracing the back fence, blocking the view of the warehouse that had sprang up behind the house, was a perfectly made, quite usable, old-as-me, clothesline. 

Now you know the kind I am talking about. Made of pipe, welded to a T, there are holes bored into the cross pipe so that wire or sturdy line can be strung. A good place is found to set those two poles deep into the ground, as far apart from each other as your yard and the line will allow, buried to the depth that the weight of wet sheets and towels, damp jeans and t-shirts won’t show a strain. But once you have them