And We Can Hang Out Our Washing ………….. Day 5 of 100

I do like this little village. I have lived all over England and spent 15 years in Scotland so I think I am well qualified to comment on the pros and cons of various locations.

Skidby sits in a little dip, high on the top of the Yorkshire Wolds, presided over by a magnificent, fully working windmill.


Its a small village, with only one pub …..which also houses a tiny shop. There are a couple of churches; a thriving Village Hall, a little Primary School …..and that’s it.

Nothing else.

Just houses,  surrounded by glorious country-side.  It is a walker’s and cyclist’s paradise…..being mostly flat up here on the Wolds.

But one of the things I love about this village is the trust. People leave their keys with neighbours ……. folk are honest …..doors do not always have to be locked. Its all a bit  ‘old-fashioned’ ….like a 1950s film.

In the summer, buckets of flowers are left by gates and you just put money in a plate.

And, if you want delicious, truly-free-range-eggs, you go to this delightful little  ‘hut’.

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And you just pop your money in the  ‘Honesty Box’  !!!

Okay, some of the people are a bit  ‘twin-set and tweeds’ …..its is definitely a  middle-class environment.

But………. its not too snobby………

There is a picture-perfect, chocolate-box-gorgeous village a couple of miles away that is so far up its own back-side that residents are not permitted to hang out any washing, unless it is well-screened and not visible to the general public. They think that the sight of clothes, flapping in the breeze or drying in the sunlight, is indescribably  ‘common’ !!!

I can’t imagine living anywhere like that, however beautiful the gardens or picturesque the homes.

I am content where I am …… I will finish this blog entry and go and buy some eggs………and maybe hang out some washing …………….


About rosiewrites2

Growing old, disgracefully and enjoying every minute.
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2 Responses to And We Can Hang Out Our Washing ………….. Day 5 of 100

  1. msalliance says:

    When I lived in Paris, hanging out washing was not the done thing for precisely this reason. Luckily we had a washer/dryer in our apartment. I don’t know why people think it’s common, though.


  2. rosiewrites2 says:

    It is rather strange, isn’t it ?
    I suppose there is a difference between lovely snowy white laundry and some grotty old holey long-johns. …Maybe that is what they are trying to avoid.
    It will remain one of life’s mysteries.


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