Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Earth Day is Coming!



Last year in my little home town there was a major controversy. A woman, Susan Taylor, hung her laundry out to dry. This seemingly benign action sparked a major debate that made it all the way to the Wall Street Journal. You see, a clothesline went against her neighborhood’s covenants. And, as one neighbor put it, “this bombards the senses...it can’t possibly...make people think this is a nice neighborhood.”

Now I happen to live on this same little butte in this same little town, albeit not in the same neighborhood. And, I happen to love clotheslines. They are romantic, energy efficient and, in my humble opinion, aesthetic. So, in honor of Earth Day, my neighbors and I will be displaying our clotheslines with pride, in the FRONT YARD (Oh my, did she say that? A clothesline in the front yard? What is this world coming to? What about the property value?)

I’d like to invite all of you out in bloggerville to join me. Earth Day is April 22, 2008. This happens to be a Tuesday. But, my line will be out starting Saturday April 19th, rain or shine. Let's join together and show the world what Earth Day is really about!

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13 comments:

Hooked on Houses said...

I love this! I wish I could be there to see you all with your clotheslines waving proudly in your front yards.

We, too, have a covenant in our neighborhood banning them, but an older couple (in their late 70s) moved in across the street and didn't seem to realize that this way of drying their clothes is "not done" here. The other neighbors do not like it, but I always kind of enjoy the days when their clothes are waving at me from their backyard. :-)

Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment on my blog. I enjoyed looking around your site.

You have two of my favorite all-time books on your bookshelf--Writing Down the Bones and Bird by Bird. Seeing them here makes me want to read both of them again.

-Julia :-)

Diana said...

Good for you! Let us know how it goes...thanks for your comment on my blog!

pERiWinKle said...

beautiful beautiful photograph(s)!
Looks like Italy. Sounds like you are going to have some fun. Did you invite the neighbours as well? xx

Bridge said...

Yepper! I should probably have laundry that day...LOL!

bella said...

This is fantastic!
I've always enjoyed the sight of clothes hanging out to dry.
Living in the city, in an apartment, with no real yard, drying clothes outside is not so much an option.
but I'm cheering you on from here!

mermaid musings said...

Well, I do that all the time and love it, specially the smell and sight of fresh clean clothes hanging out to dry. And I live in a big city! LOL!!! So, YES!!! I am joining you and by the way I vivisted your flickr and add it you as a friend.
Wonderful pictures!!!

Janet said...

I love that you're doing this. Seriously, what is WRONG with people???

suzanne said...

wonderful photo -- and kudos to you and your neighbors for you stand! some of my neatest photo experiences have been of various clotheslines in europe.

Tammy said...

What a cool idea and great shot. Cheers to you and your neighbors.

Deb said...

We're not allowed to have clotheslines in our neighborhood either. Who cares? We didn't sign any agreement and nobody complains. And I do love the smell of air dried sheets. I was going to hang my sheets out this weekend but they've forecast snow all weekend. I can hardly wait.

Kim said...

Hey Thanks for stopping by my blog! Yes, I am also greatful that I had no signs of an aneurysm as well...

Kim

Honorary Indian said...

THANKS for reminding me to do our little part to help save the earth. I am boycotting buying bottled water now...went out and got us some fancy plastic water bottles to reuse over and over. That's our biggest downfall.

And, our neighborhood is FINALLY jumping on the recycling bandwagon next month! HOORAY!

susiej said...

I remember reading this in the WSJ... please e-mail, or write about what ended up happening... how did it turn out? I echo your feelings about the importance of a clothesline.