A diary of the projects, hurdles, rewards and family life at we recorded at Wise Acres, our former homestead in Horsefly, BC. (Careers and teenagers have forced us back into the city, at least for a little while.)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Solar powered dryer

Erich installed our new 'solar powered dryer' yesterday. I've never been crazy about the idea of the clothes line...all those crunchy clothes? I know, I know...there is supposed to be a great smell but I just never got it. But, it is hard to deny what an energy hog the clothes dryer is, second only to the refrigerator, so I am happy to give it a go.

G. has taken it on as her own project...laundry is really not my favourite chore so I was quite delighted when G. went and grabbed the laundry from the washer and got right into hanging it on the line. She even devised a clever place to store the pins...

and this morning she headed out to fold it all!

We have been having some fun watching our mama robin feed her babies. It looks like there are 4 babies in there. Sorry it's a little fuzzy...it's hard to catch a picture of mama bird, she is so busy flying around getting food for those babies...ah the joy of motherhood.

And well this pic is just darned cute...cheeeeeese!


  1. But just wait 'til you go to bed the first night in sunshine scented sheets, then it will all make sense. ;-)

  2. I just love hanging out laundry on the line. The sun, the wind, the fact that it's free! I don't understand why more people don't do it.

  3. Now I can usee the solar powered dryer Erich went off to check after our last call!

    I'm Erich's working colleague in Sydney, Australia. And agree with Heather and Nicola, before you know it you'll wonder how you ever put up with those limp clothes from the electric dryer.

    One of my greatest shocks over cultural differences was when my friend moved to LA and lived in a closed and luxurious estate but they weren't *allowed* to hang their clothes outside. My friend designed a way to hang inside - lucky her house was so big. But I always felt sorry for her because the clothes didn't get sun kissed.