It’s time for the rack!


Yes, England is famous for creating those medieval torture devices you hear so much about. The rack, the iron maiden, the thumb screw.  And this morning we went out to purchase our very own!

The rack!

Luckily our rack has rather a rather benign purpose. It’s a clothes drying rack. (Although I will admit that it looks scary!)

In the US, more than 80% of households that have a washer also have a dryer. Here in the UK, it’s only 13%. Most people only have a washer, and then have to air dry their clothes. This is going to take some getting used to. The washers are all fairly small, so you have to do small loads very often. And it takes 2-3 days to dry your clothes, so planning is definitely needed.

Luckily Alex and I are both big planners! In NYC we would store up the laundry and take a giant load to the laundromat every 2 weeks. But here we’re going to have a different strategy.

The only thing I’m worried about is all the ironing! Yes, without a dryer, all the clothes come out stiff and wrinkled. Not good. So, in addition to the rack, we also purchased an iron. Very domestic, isn’t it?

I’m sorry I don’t have a more exciting post for you today. Between this laundry-diatribe and Alex’s tube-missive I’m sure you’re all fast asleep! Trust me, we had more exciting plans for this weekend, as well. But I’ve had a relapse, and Alex is sick now too. I think we’ve decided that it must be “the consumption”… that sounds so much more European and romantic, doesn’t it?  Perhaps we’ll have to visit a sanitorium!  Or maybe we’ll just go back to the pharmacy for more cough syrup.

Ok. I’m starting to ramble. Hope you all had a nice weekend, and are staying warm and snug in the snow. Take care, and keep your stick on the ice!  (For all you Red Green fans out there!)

—Astrid

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Posted on 07/02/2010, in Silly British Things and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hey hon, We’re doing fine this weekend. The Colts just lost the Super Bowl which is a bummer but the Saints quarterback is from Purdue so we’ll still claim a bit of a win! We had about 6 inches of snow and more is coming in a couple of days…but nothing like I’m sure Alex’s family has had! Yikes! I hope they’re okay! By the way, I finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo….loved it! Thank you so much! Hope you’re feeling better soon! And good luck with drying the clothes!

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