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  • I too awoke to a patchwork sky, clear blue mingling with clouds ranging from clean white to jet black. A picture perfectly proving the forecast of "unsettled weather" as forewarned by the experts.
    The kind of sky that forces British housewives to question where the task of getting the washing dry fits into the grand scheme of things. It may not seem important in this crazy world that we live in but let's be honest, we all love that fresh, invigorating scent that only comes from laundry that has been hung outside to dry. This is an enigma that tumble dry technology has never been able to capture.
    So an important decision needs to be made and many factors have to be considered before the decision making process can be completed. If i hang the washing out.........

    Will the rain hold off??
    This will depend on your plans for the rest of the day. If you've arranged to go out for any period of time, well that's when the heavens will be guaranteed to open and you'll return home to a dripping washing line where every item will need to be returned to the spin cycle on the machine. The conclusion being that if you are willing to sacrifice any plans you may have made and decide to spend the day pottering around the house then this sacrifice will be rewarded.

    I really need to go out??
    Not a problem as my partner or children, or both, will be at home so they can bring the washing in if it starts to rain while I'm out. A very basic error frequently made by the majority of British housewives as partners/children can not be trusted with such an important task. It takes a downpour of monsoon proportions before they realise it's raining by which time the washing is in the "return to spin cycle" condition.

    Should I play safe and dry it indoors??
    The simplest solution, the safest bet, the easiest option!! However, be prepared for the soul searching to follow if the sun continues to shine, leading to an urge, that can't be resisted, to move the washing outside "even if it's only for an hour". Warning, the closing of the last peg on the final item of laundry may well lead to the first splash of rain.

    It's only a shower??
    This conundrum arrives once a decision has been made to hang the washing outside. The first hint of rain can be followed by a mad panic to remove the washing from the line and place it safely indoors, inevitably leading to the rest of the day being filled with glorious sunshine. At the same time that first hint of rain can be treated with total indifference, only after checking the position of any clouds in the sky and which way the wind is blowing of course. This is normally followed by the doom laden prophecy "it's only a shower" leading to an instant deluge to saturate both the washing and the Great British housewife.

    So..........................washing in or out??
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