When I have large quantities of sheets and linens to wash and dry, I always think of what it must have been like for the women who first cared for these fabrics without the help of washing machines.
I wash all our old linens in the machine then simply hang them out to dry behind the barn. 100 years ago the women would have been down on their knees at the village lavoir, before carrying the heavy sheets out to dry flat on the grass in a meadow. Today these lavoirs or wash houses are carefully preserved, but thank goodness nobody needs to take their laundry any more!
I actually quite enjoy caring for the linens, they smell good after blowing dry in the garden and of course they look so beautiful once freshly pressed. Time I am happy to invest! Right now I am preparing new sheets for the store.
Tomorrow I start my new series about my stylish French girlfriends! Don't miss the first episode, how they dress; where they live, how do they cook and of course why they look so great!