OPINION: Cllr Rev Ann Easter, associate minister East Ham and chaplain to the Queen uses household chores to her advantage

PUBLISHED: 08:36 10 May 2017 | UPDATED: 08:59 10 May 2017


Vicarages are often larger than most homes and so, over the years.

I have been very thankful for the people who helped us with the cleaning - each with her very own foibles; Anna bleached everything, Rosemary re-arranged the furniture and Evie left a duster somewhere in the house, just to show she’d been there.

But no-one else has done our washing because that’s my favourite job; the sense of satisfaction I get from seeing it all done, clean, dried and folded is quite bizarre when my life is blessed by so many other sorts of job satisfaction but this is my bit of housewifery when, for all my professional activities, I reclaim a primitive pleasure in caring for my brood.

It used to be done in a launderette where I made friends who are still around today but when baby number three was on the way, I bought a washing machine and the children used to sit in front of it, mesmerised by the rotation. I sort the clothes and household bits according to colour and type and then they are washed, conditioned and hung carefully – on the washing line outside only if I can be certain that they will get totally dry – those to be ironed separated from those that won’t need it, with pegs in the position as taught to me at George Green’s School when domestic dcience lessons included how to wash and iron – not part of today’s national curriculum. I suspect!

Somehow, doing the washing helps me feel that at least that part of my otherwise muddled and messy world is in order, it’s a little new start; last week’s stains and mud removed, food smells gone, the clothes - and I - are fresh and ready to have another go at life, though they - and I - know that we’ll be back again before long, because that’s how it is.

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