Monday Washing Lines – Romania

Today we’re off to Rural Maramures in the north of Romania to see a lady rinsing her washing (rugs) in mountain waters. She had a wooden contraption that funnelled clear water from a spring so she could access it readily to rinse her washing. I was fortunate that I was able to capture her at work, as well as having got the image of the water before:

Linked to Monday Washing at Andrew Petcher’s here


  1. A fabulous shot and piece of history.

  2. Such clever improvisation.

  3. Great images Sue. It’s easy to forget how labour-intensive laundry is for many people.

  4. Good one, Sue! 🤗💕

  5. I wonder if she even has a mangle? That seems unlikely.
    You are all doing so well with these washing line photos!
    Best wishes, Pete.

  6. Great captures, Sue. We have it so easy these days.

  7. oh my, and I think handwashing when we are in our Portuguese apartment is hard work ocassionally!

  8. I really like this photo 😀

  9. Love these, Sue. Solving problems – that was what belonged to everyday life. My grandmother washed everything by hand or boiled the whitewash in a big copper barrel.

  10. Love these. Certainly makes one appreciate modern conveniences, doesn’t it!


  11. This must be one of the more unusual washing posts. A country not many have visited, including me.

  12. Excellent captures ..did she realise she was being watched

  13. That looks like very hard work! An interesting and unusual twist on the theme.

  14. Another reason to go to Romania. I wonder if it’s still like that? Superb photos from the past.

    • Sue

      When we went, I had read an article saying it was like going back 200 years, and I was….certainly in the parts of rural Romania that we saw. We returned the following year, the year that they joined the EU….and roads had been tarmacced, lots of cars suddenly appeared….the pace of change

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