Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Lovely Rainy Night

Au Jardin

It is quiet and peaceful here at home. The sky is dark. The evening hour has come. Rain is pouring on the roof. It is a pleasant sound.

Earlier today, I left the clothes on the line. But I didn't care. I love to see laundry on the line, even if a sudden rain drenches them! 

Many years ago, Mr. White and I were house hunting here in rural Vermont. We were going to buy an old farmhouse. It had been owned, for a lifetime, by one family.  In this house, things were still run like in the old days. There was a cookstove in the kitchen. We thought it was charming. There were no showers - only a claw foot tub. But the most endearing thing of all, was the rows- and- rows of clothes-lines, hanging on the covered porch. We were told that, even in the dead of winter, farm wives would hang the clothes outdoors! Later, they brought them in, stiff, and ready for a hot iron.

As the rain falls on this warm summer night, I am thinking about the old ways of housekeeping. I love the labor involved in keeping things neat. I love that I have important things to do, here at home.

I am also very grateful, that we bought this large old colonial house instead of the farm house. Because, honestly, I dearly love the idea that we live in a house that was built for a lawyer, who had a wife and 10 children. I love that this house is my museum. And I love the retreat-like-setting we get to enjoy, even though this place is beat -up, and in need of repairs.

There is nothing like a little rain, to make one nostalgic.

Mrs. White

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Sherri B. said...

I love the sound of rain on the roof too (as long as it doesn't go on and on for days on end). I think all old houses always have something or other that needs fixing all of the time...keeps us on our toes! Thanks for another lovely, thoughtful post.

Laura said...

Sounds like a wonderful night. It's been so hot here in the Joplin area that we are praying for rain and cooler weather.

I hear some rumblies in the distance. I'm hoping and praying....

Gladys said...

I grew up with clothes hanging on the line! I do love my dryer now. It sounds like you live in a beautiful place! We were lucky enough to see a little bit of southern Vermont last summer and it was gorgeous.

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Chels said...

We had some rain a few nights ago, my husband and I had just stepped outside to water our vegetables and herbs and it was just starting to rain and it smelled so good. It rained all night long and when I woke up and looked outside, it was blue skies and still raining. It was really pretty. I love the sound of rain. I find it soothing.

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