One of the many nice things about hanging laundry outside to dry is that you get to notice little things that perhaps you would miss otherwise. Certainly you are not going to see anything interesting on the inside of a dryer unless it is that missing sock that you have been looking for.
Today on my way out I noticed that one of the garden spiders had caught herself a Cicada, which I thought was a pretty impressive feat, considering their size and strength.
One of the Golden Orb Weavers had also caught herself one.
The photograph doesn’t do it justice, the yellow and orange spots were really iridescent in the sun. I also noticed another type of Orb Weaver, not quite as large as the other females that I have seen and with slightly different coloring.
This is the second time this year that they have been cloaking the trees with their tents. While hanging up socks I noticed out of the corner of my eye that the Wandering Jew, considered somewhat of a weed around here, was blooming, and despite the flowers being tiny what a wonderful true blue, rather than a purple they are.
It amused to me discover that the pink Morning Glory flowers remain in bloom well into the afternoon
while their blue cousins have already closed their flowers up tight for the day.
So not only is hanging laundry out to dry both economical and eco-friendly, it is also educational. Not only that but your clothes last longer, whites are whiter, and there is nothing better in the world than sliding into bed between freshly washed sheets that have been line dried. There isn’t a fabric softener or drier sheet out there that can replicate that smell.