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Poem: "Hens and Flowers"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 3rd, 2012 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)


>>As I read this series, I think about smells and how what seems to smell ok to these characters would make me wretch.<<

Different people do vary. Me, I'm familiar enough with farm smells that I don't mind them.

>>A girl climbing into a manure pile and stirring the shit around while wearing her GOOD sweater. I've taught laundry programs to Girl Scouts. Cleaning clothes is HARD work, and when your wool sweater smells like shit, super UGH.<<

Well, not a fancy sweater for wearing to town; a practical sweater for everyday work outside before it's so cold as to require a coat. Also not a fresh manure pile: it's generating heat, so about halfway broken down. That smells more musty than anything else. However, wool does tend to absorb odors.

Let's say there are reasons why they have a whole team of women doing seamstress and washing work in the linen room!
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