07 August 2010

The Washing Line

Washing hanging on a line in Gorbio village. With the warmth of the sun, it won't take long to dry. What is it about medieval villages and washing that is so fascinating? I'm forever photographing washing hanging below windows or on lines in gardens.

The smaller photo shows how far away the washing is.


  1. I too have a laundry-out-drying fetish and lots of photos.... I may post one reasonably soon and link back to you.

    The pastels are especially lovely here.

  2. This village is so beautiful and peaceful. With the laundry it looks more domesticated.

  3. The laundry softens the lines of any landscape. It's a gentle echo of verticals and horizontals and colors. It humanizes the landscape, feminizes the landscape, welcomes us home, back to sweet, long childhood days even for those who never experienced such days in their life. Well, that's my theory, anyway.

  4. When we lived on the Rue Longue in Menton, a wash line was one of our first purchases. There is an art to drying clothes in a midieval village. You can hang multiple rows, but you must have sturdy pins and a plastic sheet to protect your clothes from pigeons, rain and the dripping laundry from your upstairs neighbor. There is also a certain protocal where you try to keep private things on the inside rows and less private things for the world to see. Nonetheless, you can learn a lot about people looking at their washlines.

  5. Your eagle eyes and fantastic camera...
    Blue is repeated again and again in this picture. I think it wouldn't appear so soft with red towels...
    Barbara from Germany

  6. Brattcat, as always your words are so beautiful and wise! And right!

    Karen, I've seen the plastic but didn't know the protocol of keeping your private things on the inner row - although it makes sense. Thanks for the info.

    Barbara the blue was luck! Thanks.


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