Clothes Lines

Someone in Perth invented the “Hills Clothes Hoist” which you’ll see everywhere in Western Australia.

Hills Hoist, W. Australia

The clothes hoist shown above has a clothes line spiraling to form concentric squares.

You may just be able to see the winding handle on the central pillar, at the border between the weeds and the bricks. You can wind the line down or up to avoid banging your head on it.

I haven’t managed to work out the mechanics of the thing, but somehow or other it spins round and round when the wind blows, and the clothes dry very fast.

Kookaburra on clothes hoist, W. AustraliaIt is the middle of winter, so that is why there are waist-high weeds growing everywhere. I like that, because when I trample down the weeds in the Spring, I get a good free ground cover to protect my plants from the glaring sun. You can see one of my lemon trees. The Epicure variety bears lemons all the year round.

To the left, you can see what remains of my macadamia hedge. It was bearing too few nuts, so I thinned it from eight trees to only four.

Sitting on the clothes hoist on the right is a Kookaburra or Laughing Jackass. It is a member of the Kingfisher family, but I’ve never seen it fishing. Its bird-call is the sound of laughter.

A member of Parliament who said “May I suggest that the honorable member is a Kookaburra” was censured for Unparliamentary Language because he was intending “Laughing Jackass.”

The Kookaburra has a bad reputation for eating baby birds from their nest, but all large birds get a bad reputation – often undeserved. For instance, the Wedgetailed Eagle was blamed for existing on lambs. But when a biologist studied the stomach contents of eagles that the farmer had shot, there were hardly ever any traces of lambs.

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