I live in a rural area of Tasmania, Australia, am a mother of 3 grown up kids and 1 almost grown up who boards away for school 5 days a week and Grandma of four. I started out working life as a registered nurse but these days work part time and office assistant and bookkeeper for 4 different small businesses.
My washing line is a magnificent double string line about 12m long and definitely out off keeping with the traditional Australian Hills Rotary Hoist. (Edited to add… that as an American, I’ve never even heard of such a clothesline! It’s so very cool and has such a wonderful history, it makes me almost want to get one of these lines, too!)
Click on the “hoistt” link above to see a full page ad in PDF of the Hills Clothesline!
And, if you want to buy a Hoist line for yourself, I found a company in Australia selling them for $420 AU dollars – about $450 American.
For much of the year here it is hard to get washing dry in a day as the air can become chilly and damp by 4 in the afternoon. It has been known to be stiff and frozen if left overnight which delighted my kids when they were little. I am often obliged to finish it inside on in the dryer but most of the work is done free of charge by Mother Nature.
My line was built by the previous owner/builder of my home who was obviously a Bloke with a capital B as he didn’t skimp on materials. The line is thick wire rope from an old power line, the posts treated pine, well concreted in and going nowhere. The posts are high enough to encourage kookaburras and night time possums to use it as a perch occasionally. A couple of weeks ago my daughter caught a quick glimpse of a magnificent snowy white goshawk resting there. A rare sight indeed.
It used to come with a pair of bush pole props. For non-country folk a bush pole is a tree branch/trunk. In my case a good 5cm in diameter and 2m or so long- otherwise known by me as ‘the sticks’. Very effective at hoisting the middle of the lines nice and high. These succumbed to old age some time ago and I decided to stop washing dragging by developing what I like to call my Patented Adjustment System – otherwise known as string and a nail.
Please feel free to copy this magnificent idea but remember, not any old string will do. Something sturdy enough to withstand vigorous tugging by the elements and UV stable is well advised. And for the nail, I chose a roofing nail that has a little hat on its head which nicely stops the string slipping free. The cleverly spaced knots are entirely personal, well random actually, as long as you laundry is held clear of the ground you have got it right.
It’s lovely to see washing flapping in the breeze and don’t you like the smell of sheets fresh from the line?
Thanks so much Wendy for sharing your line with us all the way from Tasmania! I hope that you have lovely line drying weather in your future!
If YOU have a line you’d like to share, please drop me a line at : lifeontheclothesline at gmail dot com