Laundry List

There is something so authentic about hanging laundry out to dry on a clothes line...

The Italians have a way with laundry and they seem to create wonderful photographic opportunities for those of us who have a desire to capture the simplicity of their lifestyle and their certain customs on film. When I was studying in Cortona, Italy, I lived in a monastery which had been converted into a make-shift dormitory for all of us students. There were no washers and dryers for us to use, so we scrubbed our clothes outside in a large galvanized bucket with an old-fashioned washboard.

Then we would hang everything out to dry on the clothes lines in the walled garden…

or in the sanctuary courtyard...

Under Where?

...and other spots we could find.

After a few months of living there, I happened to become good friends with the Italian women and their little children, because I could speak the Italian language and communicate with them conversationally on a regular basis. They loved it and occasionally they would take my laundry and wash it with all of the monastery linens in the machines!

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I love the fresh scent of crisp cotton sheets that have been blowing in the breeze and dried by the sun. I actually have a clothes line in my back yard! And…I do hang my linens out to dry.

Now it is time for me to do some of my own laundry. Stay clean and don’t air your “dirty laundry” out to dry!
Ciao for now my friends.

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P.S. Some of these photographs are now available in my Etsy shop.


Vita Lenta nel Bel Paese said...

Cara Suzanne,

I am a Swedish girl in Italy. My heart is now in Umbria - and in Scandinavia. I was so happy to stumble over your blog. I am particularly interested in dual culture blogs with expressive photography. Your blog stands out. Complimenti! Your Laundry post. Italy incarnated! I will be back! Buon week-end, Ingrid

Vita Lenta nel Bel Paese said...

Cara Suzanne,

Che meraviglia! Adesso siamo in contatto! Sono felice! I will add you to my blog as well. Your wonderful photography will back mine up. Let´s keep in touch! Bacione, Ingrid

Lauren Alexander said...


Your blog is so cozy and warm! Love the laundry photos. Welcome to the the wonderful world of blogs - I'll definately be back for a visit :-)

Italian Girl in Georgia ~ Suzanne MacCrone said...

Buon Giorno Ingrid and Lauren,

Thank you for writing and visiting! I appreciate your kind comments and do hope we will stay in touch.

Ingrid I have added your link to my "blog beauties" so everyone who stops by can take a trip to Italy with you!

Ciao my friends!

Poppins said...

I agree, it is something special with laundry hanging outside to dry! The bedlinen smell wonderful.
Love Poppins

Karen Faulkner said...

Hello, I found your blog through the link on Lauren's. I hope you'll stop by mine too. Beautiful photography! I have never been to Italy but it definitely makes me want to go.

Italian Girl in Georgia ~ Suzanne MacCrone said...

Thanks for finding me and stopping by Karen. I'll check you out too! I have a few of Lauren's originals and they are just adorable...I am sure I will purchase more!

Grace@PoeticHome said...

Suzanne!! How cute are you?!?! These pictures are just so divine --- I LOVE the laundry hanging in the sanctuary :) What a beautiful juxtaposition. You must have had such an amazing experience, especially living in a monastery. Your laundry supplies are just too adorable....they make me want to do laundry. Thanks so much for sharing! I have a big smile on my face now :)

Mélanie said...

I'm gald I've found you and your blog thanks to the comment you left on mine !
I love these photos of laundry they are so typical of Italy !

jenscloset said...

I love your blog! I need more time to really read it all...it looks so interesting! thanks for visiting my blog...for the over 40 group--I finally made a new post!

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