In England, washers are small -- tiny, really and some are combination washer/dryer but when I changed the sheets at our cottage in the Cotswolds, I found that it best to do a wash only cycle and hang them outside on the convenient clothesline.
And when I brought them in . . . . oh, the fragrance -- the sunshine in those sheets. Heaven!!!
I used to hang my sheets outside but then my knees got bad and it was easier to toss them in the dryer. And so I got used to sheets that smelled of Tide.
The first night that we used the line dried sheets, all of the memories of that wonderful smell of the outdoors came back.
For when I grew up, we had a washer but no dryer and so all of our clothes were hung outside -- the sheets smelled heavenly as did the towels (but they get scratchy -- they're not soft and lovely like dryer towels). When my mother finally got a dryer, she often hung her sheets outside for she, like me, loved their outdoor fragrance.
There is no real "clothesline" in the garden at Linderhof (nor is there room for one) -- but I do have a retracting clothesline that I bought years and years ago -- it hangs high on the fence and you hook it to the garden post. It's one line but it works for one set of sheets (or now a duvet cover, bottom sheet and two pillowcases).
And there is some satisfaction in looking outside and seeing the sheets flapping in the wind. And just before dinner when you bring them in . . . . they smell heavenly! And if you store them in a cupboard with bags of lavender or lavender wands, their fragrance is heady -- the mix of sunshine and lavender is a great combination!!!
Plus, you have the advantage of being "green" -- for you're not using energy to dry your clothes -- just the sunshine and wind!
It's Wednesday and time to join Susan at A Southern Daydream for Outdoor Wednesday.
Note: My clothesline spans the driveway and is in front of the garage -- does not make a pretty picture. I took the above pictures from the net -- from commercial sites. So those are not my sheets!