Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Having hung the washing out to dry (and don't you just love the fresh smell of air-dried laundry?) I think she had earned some time with a good book and a mug of tea! These are the Stable cottages that look on to the drive of Saltaire's church, facing south and catching all the sunshine. I expect the Victorian Sir Titus would have had harsh words about the line of washing! He apparently had a rule that residents in the village could not hang their laundry outside (though I'm not sure whether people obeyed him or not). Hanging washing outside the church on a Sunday would probably have cost her her tenancy! Thankfully nobody seems terribly bothered these days and indeed, air-drying the washing outside is to be encouraged. There's a new push to make Saltaire a 'sustainable' community, to make the village more energy efficient and reduce its carbon footprint.
This weekend sees the launch of the 'Sustainable Saltaire' initiative in the Shipley College Exhibition Building: Friday 16 March 5-7pm and Saturday 17 March 9.30am-12pm. People are invited to go along and find out more about plans for solar and hydro-electric power in the village, how to improve the energy efficiency and carbon footprint of your home. There will be activities for all the family to enjoy.