Monday, September 27, 2010


Joey after he helped trim the bushes and blackberries from around the clothesline.

I knew that this house didn't have a dryer. Most people around here don't seem to have dryers. I see lots of clothelines. Even outside the apartments.

When we first got here and the weather was beautiful I thought it was nice to hang our clothes outside on a nice sunny afternoon.

I am over that.

Last week I did a load of laundry in the afternoon. I think it takes the washing machine about 2 hours to do one load. The clothes do seem more dry than our clothes . . but still, 2 hours?? By the time the clothes got on the clothesline it was was late afternoon. By sunset, the clothes were not dry. Not big deal, I thought. The sun will dry them in the morning.

Umm, no.

It rained overnight and the wet clothes were so heavy that they snapped one part of the clothesline. My clean clothes were laying on the ground. Whites. On the ground. Great.

I had to get the kids off to school. Ellie's teacher wanted to talk to me. By the time I got back home it was 9:30.

I did not feel like putting the clothes back in the washing machine. I just sort of shook them off. They were really heavy and wet, but I just hung them back up. I somehow managed to fix the clothesline.

And I had more laundry to do. One load takes up almost the whole clothesline.

I heard a rumor that the grocery store has dryers in the laundromat. 10 minutes is 2 Euros. I am going to have to look into that.


  1. So that explains why the kids go to school for days on end wearing the same clothes. But I'm so sorry to hear your clothes line snapped. That so sucks.

  2. Sounds like the socialist man is trying to keep dryers down. I say rise up dryers! Bring da heat and snap this clothesline noose. Our whites have been on the ground for far too long.

  3. I can hardly keep up with laundry for 5 with a dryer i don't know how you are going to do it! Buy dark clothes it shows less dirt :) We miss Ellie. Annie and Vivi are in the same class.

  4. Melissa - yes, it does explain it. I am going to have a lot of love for my dryer when I get home.
    Paul - are you taking on this cause? Leading the charge. Rally the French. Right now they are protesting the increase in the retirement age.
    Jodi - Can you even believe it! It just has to get done. Ellie misses her friends. Fun that Annie and Vivi are in the same class! Does Annie have a new brother or sister?