Our Family’s (2nd) Year in the South of France
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Boxers or Briefs: The Clothesline Tells All

I have blogged previously about how we don’t have a clothes dryer in France. One of the important lessons I’ve learned on this trip  is how to avoid funny lines and puckers when air drying.

However, hanging your wash out for the world to see does have a certain impact on your privacy. Anyone who comes to visit us will find out very quickly if JM wears boxers or briefs. And if they stay long enough to do laundry, we’ll know the same about their menfolk.

Partially staged photo. No need to comment on my pinning technique.

It’s not just us. Very few people in France have a clothes dryer, so when you’re invited to someone’s house there is a very good chance you’ll get a glimpse of their underpants. We know definitively which ladies prefer beige bras and mom-panties to fancy French lingerie.

I’m not telling which we are. If you want to know about our undies, you have to come visit us while we’re still in France. But if you come visit, you will probably leave with more information than you really want.

8 Responses to “Boxers or Briefs: The Clothesline Tells All”

  1. patti says:

    Hmmm. I like a clothesline. I had one, and used it, until it fell into the garden one day. But I always dried undies inside, in the privacy of the laundry room. I’m guessing that’s a typically modest Canadian thing. 🙂

    • Diane H. says:

      Hi Patti. I just talked to my Mom and she informed me that Grandma had a “middle line” – a line between two other lines. You’d put your underwear on that, and then put the sheets over it. Voila! Modesty AND drying.

  2. Erika says:

    That’s awesome! I missed when our dryer broke for just a week. I just had a hard time getting used to crunchy underwear!

  3. patti says:

    Oh my goodness, of COURSE Grandma would have had a middle line! No one was more modest than she!! 😀 Beautiful.

  4. mom says:

    It wasn’t just Grandma. If you read novels from the past that’s what they did too. Of course their underwear wasn’t as fancy as we get nowdays.

    • Diane H. says:

      What I remember most from the “Little House” books was that the hung the wash outside in the winter, and then brought the frozen clothes inside to thaw. I didn’t quite see the point in that.

  5. patti says:

    Well that’s just great … now “fancy underwear” and “Grandma” have come together in my head. That’s disturbing. 😉

  6. Aunt L in Ont says:

    No need for ‘fancy underwear’ and ‘Grandma’ to come together – they never did.

    Gotta say, I lived there awhile, and never ever knew about any ‘middle line’. Perhaps I offended her with my laundry-hanging practices. If so, she would never have told me.

    That would be just like hanging “underwear” on an outside line.