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A warm, sunny day in Australia...
...with the smell of freshly laundered clothes gently swaying on a clothesline in the backyard.
A quintessential image, isn’t it?
Well, the production team of ‘The Block’ seemingly begs to differ.
Clotheslines have long been a cultural phenomenon and an integral part of Australian homes’ outdoor spaces.
However, fans of the popular TV show ‘The Block’ have noticed a puzzling detail missing in recent episodes – the iconic Hills hoist...
...or a clothesline in general.
You might have caught on that none of the recent episodes of ‘The Block’ on Nine Network featured a single clothesline.
This omission has left many fans puzzled, as the humble clothesline holds great cultural significance in Australian homes.
Especially in country houses, clotheslines are seen as a symbol of the traditional Australian lifestyle, so their absence is certainly unexpected.
“Clotheslines will just ruin the look of the yard!” an avid fan wrote.
One comment completely paints ‘form over function’: “Also where do you put the kids' swing, trampoline, place to ride a bike, draw on the cement, build a cubby...
...Sorry but to me they have to be practical.”
But these last few comments have certainly hit the mark:
“I think clothes need the open air and sunshine,”
“I use my clothesline almost every day. Sheets need sunlight that is a must”.
“Some people might consider clotheslines ugly. However, I think large electricity bills are even uglier,”
And we definitely agree with the last one, except...
...clotheslines need not be ugly though.
You may want to consider checking ceiling airers like the Kitchen Maid Victorian Ceiling Airer as this clothesline offers a European style...
...to the drying of your garments that is stylish and unique.
One could argue that heat pump clothes dryers, inverter washers and powerful dehumidifiers exist now and that we’re living in a modern era after all.
Yes they’re more energy efficient and they can be gentler on clothes…
…but what could be gentler and more eco friendly than the good ol’ trusty clothesline?
The captivating Hills Heritage 7 Rotary Hoist, for example, is the shining beacon of Aussie pride—and it has been for many decades!
Almost three quarters of a century as a matter of fact .
This reliable and spacious clotheslines holds dear to the heart of many and for many generations.
It’s not hard to see why.
If giving up lots of yard space is a no-go, the Austral Foldaway 51 is a good solution since it can be lifted off the ground socket...
...and stowed away when you need your outdoor area for family events.
The remarkable Eco 333 fold down clothesline is a humongous fold down clothesline that boasts the capacity of a large rotary clothesline...
...but in an easier to install and more space efficient package that comes in a variety of colours.
But if the ultimate in discreetness as at the top of the list, the Austral Retractaway 50 will definitely fit the bill...
...because it provides massive amounts of drying line space but can be reeled back into its tiny cabinet when not in use—virtually invisible.
What if your surface is a weatherboard or fence?
Instead of directly attaching the clothesline to the weatherboard...
or fence, you can install the clothesline to a ground mount kit directly in front of the surface.
The mysterious absence of clotheslines in ‘The Block’ episodes has certainly caught the attention of fans—including us to some extent…
…and despite their cultural significance in Australian homes, they seem to have been overlooked in recent episodes.
Removable or not, discreet or just space-efficient, we still cannot wrap our heads around the reason for omitting...
...such an integral part of an Aussie home.
There are so many spots to have one installed in all the projects they’ve completed.
The humble clothesline is more than just a functional piece – it represents a cherished aspect of Australian culture.
So go ahead, embrace the outdoor lifestyle, and let your clothes bask in the warm Australian sun—at least to feel a bit better...
...after watching another episode of ‘The Block’.