Monday, 2 August 2010

A woman's work is never done.

Part 1 
Monday morning blues

Such a lot of washing to do every Monday, it's no wonder my hands are so dry and sore.
I shall rub some Snowfire in - that should do the trick.  My mother used to swear by it.

And once the clothes are dry, there's still all that starching, ironing and goffering to do!

Is it my imagination, or is it only me and Mrs. Tiggywinkle who goffer these days?
Do YOU goffer? 

If only I could fast forward a few decades, they're bound to have a lot more choice in the 1950s!


Ah, that will make life easier!
Wearing these will save my hands too.

And to make everything so much quicker, what I really, really want is......

One of those new fangled washing machines with a combined mangle!  Bliss! 
Oh, and her pinny, and her curtains.

I hope your wash days are a lot less stressful!


MaygreenFairies said...

Hi Mary, ohhh thank you so much for coming to see me today, I had such a wonderful morning and it was so lovely that you and Sarah got on so well, can't wait to get together again soon. Lots of Luv, Mandy x

MaygreenFairies said...

Ooops me again.... just to let you know I've written a piece about you on my blog today and put a link to your blog... hope you like it! xx

Rubyred said...

Hello Mary,
such a lovely post! I don't think I do Goffer! What is it?
Have a lovely day!
Rachel x

Vintage cottage said...

Hello Rachel,
I was fibbing! In Beatrix Potter's book about Mrs Tiggywinkle, she mentions a goffering iron. I've just googled it, and it's an iron for crimping lace. Yeah right, I goffer!
Best wishes, Mary xx

Deborah said...

I am here from Maygreen Fairies blog. A delightful post. I enjoyed reading it and taking a step back in history. I can remember washing clothes by hand back in Jamaica. It took all day and was no fun!! I am grateful for the newfangled machines.

Helen said...

Hi Mary,
Just found your lovely blog through your flicker pictures. Enjoyed looking through them so much what gorgeous things you have!
Helen x

the vintage cottage said...

Hello Deborah and Helen, and thank you so much for your comments! Best wishes, Mary

Linda said...

My goodness, that's just bought back some memories!
When I was a child my grandmother used to use a dolly tub and a wash board, and I would help he ron wash days. Then we would put it through the old green mangle. Sometimes I wish I had that old green mangle now!
Thank you for sharing these wonderful things with us!

MelMel said...

Hello, came here via the vintage cleaning stuff. the enamel clothes boiler tub is great!
I'd love one of those!
Off to read more!