Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Keeping Fit with the Wind


It's easy to keep fit here on our windy Welsh hillside.

Take yesterday for example, I put out a line full of washing, Lovely Hubby's working clothes and a machine load of towels, and then went upstairs to switch the computer on for a blogging session.  

I heard the wind getting up, and I mean really getting up so I checked out of the spare room window. Of the eight items I put out only three remained attached to the line.  I ran downstairs and picked up the fallen items, luckily they were clean (and only work clothes) so I re-pegged them to the line, using an extra handful of pegs for good measure.

I went in and back upstairs and got as far as opening up my blog when there was a knock at the door, I ran downstairs .... Arthur had questions,  with everything sorted out I luckily glanced round the house only to see that half the washing was once again hanging almost off the line.  I attached the things that were still damp and brought the driest and hence lightest things in to finish drying on the Aga.

I went back upstairs this time clutching a cup of coffee, two minutes later, literally two minutes there was an almighty thud as something outside blew over, I dashed to the window our bedroom window this time,  the thud was only one of the boards leaning against the side of the house blowing over but while I was on my feet I checked through the spare room window, and yes, once again the washing had parted company with the line.

I went downstairs brought in all Lovely Hubby's work things which were by now almost dry, used all the pegs that I had taken from them on the remaining towels which still needed a bit more time, got back to the door and as I turned to close it two pegs flew off the towels.

I went out replaced them, checked all the others and added a few more for good measure.


The view from the spare room window.


And the view from the conservatory ....


...  towels flapping in the wind.



Only here do you need FIVE pegs to hold a facecloth on the washing line!!

I don't know how many times I ran up and down stairs but I do know that on the last journey I was literally out of breath ... oh and the coffee, yep it went cold before I even had a mouthful!!

Of course I'm not really complaining, well I mean how could I ..... I got a free workout session and my towels were wonderfully fluffy and soft when I eventually gave up and brought them in :-)

Sue xx

26 comments:

  1. Did you know you can get extra strong clothes pegs for extra windy places.They are not wooden so not so pleasing but they do work. Try Extra strong clothes pegs in google

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    1. Thanks I'll see if I can find them :-)

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  2. my mum loved seeing the washing flapping on the line when she lived on anglesey but goodness she did have to peg it down firmly !

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    1. I do love pegging out and seeing it all hanging in the sunshine. I'm not as keen on bringing it in though for some reason!!

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  3. there is nothing better than washing on the line. The smell is divine when it all comes in.

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    1. Especially bedding and towels :-)

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  4. Hi Sue, Yes Aldi sometimes sell what they call Hurricane pegs and they do work. They do not look like much and they are plastic but I often pop just one of these with every item, plus the ordinary pegs and the clothes stay on the line. Agree with all you say about line dried washing, sweet smelling. Love Andie xxx

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    1. Thanks for that, I'll Google 'Hurricane Pegs' and try and find them :-)

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    2. Yup! It's the only sort they sell up here :-)

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  5. You made me giggle, the wind can be shocking here in North Wales can't it. I've learnt over the years not to peg washing out whilst I'm out at work. Clambering over a fence into the field to retrieve clothes is not fun! x

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  6. It is fairly robust further south, I almost had a peg every 2" on my washing yesterday. At one point I saw the sheets flying round and worried that they would take off complete with the whirlygig.

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  7. No, it's not just with you. We frequently have gales up here in the north of Scotland and I have to use lots of pegs to keep the washing in place. I have been known to spend time chasing laundry round the garden. Our whirligig washing lines are so stretched because the washing gets spun and tangled round and round the lines with the wind. My pegs sometimes get blown away never to be found!! Others are found broken on the ground. x

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  8. We get wind like that occasionally here and I have to use a peg every 2 inches otherwise it usually comes off. Ours would get dirty though as it would land on gravel and not lush green grass!

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  9. I miss hanging out my laundry, as the smell itself is worth its weight in gold. At least it wasn't your underwear hanging to dry and blowing off and the local livestock wearing it!

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    1. I would hate it Gill, the smell of outdoor dried washing is one of my favourite fragrances!

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  10. We live on a hill and as I have been doing all our washing by hand for a year whilst saving up for a new washing machine re-washing is not really desirable at all! It does get really windy here though not as exposed as your spot Sue and as we don't have a tumble dryer these days our washing is dried outside wherever possible. I use 'storm' pegs an though the washing sometimes ends up wrapped around the line it rarely blows off all together!

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  11. Oh yes and one of my favourite things is watching washing blowing on a line. Has been since a very young age, how sad am I? I love nothing more than getting into a 'clean' bed still smelling of outdoors!

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  12. I miss read the title to start with, I thought it said "keeping fit with wind", but then I realised it wasn't john Grays blog! I'm not even attempting to hang washing out today, I love my indoor line for days like this.

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    1. I nearly went along those lines for the title, but then thought 'no-one does it like John' so I was a good girl ;-)

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  13. Sue, you did get a workout. I love, love, love hanging laundry on the line, but I think I would have given up and thrown them in the dryer!

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    1. Not an option for me we don't have a dryer, I just drape things on the Aga :-)

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  14. When the clothes have a good battering on the line it reduces the amount of ironing they need. Towels are softer too.

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  15. I hope you'll find the hurricane pegs to avoid this in the future! :)
    By the way, I'm loving the view you have! So green and lush!

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  16. Not to mention.....you couldn't possibly complain about such a gorgeous looking day!
    Cath@Home

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  17. Great blog, well done with persevering and the washing was dried in the end, I agree there is nothing better than dried outside bedding :)

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  18. My Friday last was very similar. Our line almost touched the ground with the swaying but it was great drying weather, if it could stay on the line.

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