Stephen Colbert Takes on Clotheslines

The Seattle spring is beginning to offer an occasional sunny day.  You know what that means–Tangled Nest readers are bracing for my seasonal “It’s Time to Start Hanging Your Clothes Outside” lecture.  Instead, let’s all put our feet up and enjoy a little break courtesy of The Colbert Report:  “The …

The Stockings Were Hung…On Winter Clotheslines

About a month ago, I called my friend T who, like me, is something of a clothesline evangelist.  With the rains coming and school starting, I had fallen way behind on my laundry, and finally did about four loads in one day.  I popped them all in the dryer.  “Oh …

Laundry Secrets from our Grandmothers: Best Ways to Line-dry

Of course you can hang your clothes any way y’all please, and they will still dry.  But I love the traditions and arcana of homekeeping.  Our mothers and grandmothers and our grandmothers’ mothers all learned particular ways to line-dry their laundry, and many of their methods result in better-looking clothes …

Simple (and Beautiful) Outdoor Clotheslines (part two of a short series)

Tom and I have differing clothesline philosophies:  I want a permanent line in the backyard, he doesn’t.  My ideal line would involve the classic t-shaped wooden beams at each end, strung up as trellises to grow beans.  Tom doesn’t like how they look, and thinks a permanent structure would take …

Clothesline Bans and Laundry Outlaws (part one of a short series)

My mother-in-law told me that clotheslines are against the law in Salem, Oregon, where she lives.  I checked it out, and it’s true!  Clothesline bans persist in many US cities, and parts of Canada and Europe.  Thousands of homeowner associations prohibit line drying, including the 55+ community where my own …

Crow Planet Art, and Dive-bombing Crows

Yesterday I was out hanging clothes on the sunny line as the crows in the neighbor’s Douglas fir worked on their nest.  So I just had to share this image from my new book, Crow Planet.  Amazing local artist Dan Cautrell created gorgeous lino-cuts for each chapter.  This one is …

A Subterranean Clothesline–Thinking Outside of the Dryer

Last summer the three of us traveled in Kenya and Tanzania for two months.  Our first stop was a volunteer stint at Colobus Trust on the coast of Kenya, where we worked on Colobus monkey conservation, and lodged in the organization’s simple rooms.  Our packs were light, with few extra …