Hay Bales and Washing Line en Dordogne

Hay Bales and Washing Line

A beautiful day here in the Dordogne, great to get all the washing done!

This was the view from our balcony at 09:30 this morning, with temperatures already in the mid-twenties. The farmers have been busy all month cutting and baling the hay. The furthest tree line, toward the horizon, borders the River Dronne, clean and clear and great for fishing. The trees to the right of the picture form our orchard – mostly hazelnut. We own the land from the orchard down to the river.

Washing Day in SW France

Hay Bales and Washing Line

The short gravel roadway (chemin) ends at the far right boundary to our land. This has given us useful access to create a parking space for our old camper van. We also park our own car there when we have guests in the gîte. That way they, and we, are completely undisturbed.

We inherited the washing line posts. They’re made of heavy cement, and very well embedded! Not the most beautiful, but very practical. With 10 couchages (sleeping for 10) in the gîte, we need room for a lot of clean sheets blowing on the line!

It’s difficult to see from the picture, but the posts are covered in lichen. We’re told this is only possible as the air is so clean and clear.

We provide all our guests with top sheets, so they can fold back the duvet if it’s warm. On a typical changeover we will do around 12 loads of washing. On a beautiful day like today, there are definitely worse jobs! It’s a great excuse to go out in the sunshine. Although ironing sheets when it’s so lovely outside could be a chore, looking out on this view definitely takes away some of the sting.

Feeling extremely lucky. Happy washing day!

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