Thursday, August 14, 2014
"Hanging Out the Wash" at The Shire
Hobbits did not have washing machines and clothes dryers so you will see clothes lines all over The Shire. Some had a clothes line across the windows or on top of their hobbit dwelling. The top picture shows the clothes hanging on the grassy roof not too far from the chimney. As a small child, my mother washed and hung out the clothes to dry. My grandmother had an old washing machine that you had to place the clothes through a roller to squeeze out the water. At age 4, my hand got stuck in that roller and I still have a scare on my left hand where the roller ripped off the skin. She dried the clothes by hanging them out on a line in the sun. It is rare to see that now days.