Here are the kids’ aikido dogis. Jackets, size 2, 1 and 00. Pants, ditto. Belts, the same.

It’s spring. The outdoor laundry line is in use again. I think the kids’ dogis look almost as nice on the line as their cloth diapers once did. The outdoor laundry line has a certain aesthetic to it.

I am thrilled to hear that local ordinances against such lines have been outlawed by Ontario courts. I hope all governments follow suit soon.

Aikido laundry

7 thoughts on “Aikido laundry

  • May 5, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    How green of you…ahem, white! I’ve begun using the great natural clothes dryer. Takes longer but the effect is wonderful. Why didn’t I do this a long time ago?

  • May 6, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Yeah, the rules are nuts. My HOA says no lines, so I use portable racks on the back deck on sunny days. But they blow over and all that – I would really like a line. 🙂

  • May 6, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    We can use a line, but it cannot be permanent. So we string it up in spring and take it down in fall. That’s not permanent!

    The rules are so ridiculous. Especially out here where we have lots of space and privacy.

    Hmmm. Maybe it will be taken to court here, too!
    And the developer is Canadian.
    Maybe we don’t have to go to court.

  • May 7, 2008 at 5:17 am

    Oh how I too loved a line decorated with cloth diapers! I jumped for joy when I heard that you cannot ban clotheslines here in Ontario – I live in one of those silly subdivisions that had banned them. Of course, with all the construction going on I can’t install a permanent line this spring – hopefully this fall we’ll get a real clothesline up! Yay, it’s been 4 years since I had one here in town 😀

  • May 7, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Here in New Zealand I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have and use an outside line.Many people have driers but we just love to use all that warmth above the fire as the months get colder. There is something wonderful about washing on the line. In the middle of the day when so many suburbs stand empty, washing on the line proudly declares that people do in fact live in the houses. I didn’t realise to what extent the outside line was such an endangered species in your part of the world. Jacinda

  • May 10, 2008 at 9:13 am

    Our HOA bans laundry lines but we have a pretty good green barrier all the way around our property, so no on but our guests can see it anyway. As Elisheva noted, ours is also temporary, but that is for my aesthetic. No drying laundry on the line in a PNW winter.

    I definitely agree with the aesthetics of a clothesline. We hang ours over the garden:

  • May 11, 2008 at 6:28 am

    Washing lines *illegal*? Bizarre! Here in South Africa lines, and windydries are the norm, with tumbledriers for occasional use, if the person has one. Some flats do have rules about washing in windows, as did our university residence, but there are lines in the back garden always.

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