When the sun comes out, so does the laundry on the Amalfi Coast, just as it does all over Italy. Thankfully, I grew up not using the dryer much, and I love the way the laundry smells after drying in the sun. But I do realize that the general lack of dryers in Italy can be a real challenge for those accustomed to the convenience of washing and drying a load of laundry on the same day, especially in the winter. I think everyone here has their own clever tricks for the winter months. My method is putting the clothes near the electric radiator and rotating them often. You should see me dry queen size bed sheets inside during the rainy winter months! It has taught me that sometimes it is solutions to the most mundane problems that somehow feel the best.
Yesterday, while walking in Amalfi, I came across one of the loveliest clothesline I have ever seen. Next to colorful plaid tablecoths hung an entire row of baby bibs, all the same and in all the colors of the rainbow. This mother had very carefully pinned each one up in just the same way. I had to stop and take a photo of her beautiful display!
Anne in Oxfordshire says
How sweet is that..so neatly hung out 🙂
South of Rome says
Is that 13 bibs??? Puts my babies 2 plastic ones to shame!
And I bet she washed them by hand. LOL
Scintilla @ Bell'Avventura says
She probably changes them with every wipe or the baby feeds itself.
Reminds me of the way my Mother had us hang up the under shirts, pants, etc. Everything had to be uniform, like she did it.
Lovely photo with the colors and shadows!
Chef Chuck says
Nothing beat clear fresh air! We hang our closes when we can. I miss those babies!
Ciao Anne! Yes, it’s terribly sweet … it made me smile too!
Ciao Karen! Yes … 13! My boyfriend’s comment: “How many babies does she have?!”
Ciao Lisa! With that attention to detail she might just have washed them all very carefully by hand!
Ciao Scintilla! I was thinking the same thing… that or she has triplets!
Ciao Gil! Nice story! I didn’t grow up hanging out laundry, but it is something I really enjoy doing here.
Ciao Saretta! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I am happy to have found your blog from Karen’s Southern Italian blog round up. Nice to meet you!
Ciao Chuck! Oh, don’t get me started on the clear, fresh air. It usually is here, but where I live is surrounded by farmers who just love to burn leaves and branches on the perfect, sunny laundry days. Grrr… Always an adventure, right? 🙂
Chef Chuck says
That is right you never know what tomorrow will bring!! Enjoy!