Mrs McNosh Hangs up her Wash (CAN, JP, US, INT)
Written by: Sarah Weeks
Illustrated by: Nadine Bernard Westcott
Published by: HarperCollins
Published on: May 7, 2002
Girls' Day has passed, the plum blossoms line the roads, and the weather is warming up. It's spring again in Japan.
For me this means something practical- it is the best season for me to hang up the wash outside. You see, in most of Japan dryers are practically nonexistant. Everyone hangs up their wash outside their house. But where I live, over a small body of water from a very active volcano, dryers are much more common because of the ash that rains down on us in the summer. Winter and spring are usually ash-free, just because of the wind patterns, not because it stops spewing ash! But I hate clothes dried outside in the winter, and I hate having to iron clothes because they go crispy in the cold.
There's nothing like the smell of line-dried clean sheets fresh with the smell of spring blooms.
I think Mrs. McNosh would agree. She likes laundry a lot more than I do though, and even does it by hand on an old laundry board!
This Mrs. McNosh books is a fun read but it makes me feel old. My kids have no idea about handwashing clothes or that hanging up a phone is not just an expression! I better go out and buy one of these.