My favorite group of friends – Fenton, Ralph, Madge and Paisley – feature in a story called “Laundry” in this week’s podcast called LAMBS AND LAUNDRY. From the title you might recognize that these friends are lambs, Herdwick lambs to be precise. This story is the second one I wrote in the series. There are four Herdwick lamb stories so far, and I have ideas for another story for a future podcast. In this story the lambs get tangled up with laundry, which leads to another adventure.
After our action-packed hello song, in keeping with the theme of the podcast we have a song I wrote called “Hanging Out the Washing.” I reminisce a little about days, particularly in England where the weather can be rather fickle, about pegging out washing on the washing line, only to have to bring it back in as the rain appears.
After the story we have a song based on a little rhyme I remember as a child when we would bash it out on the piano using only black keys. Do you recognize it?
Oh can you wash your father’s shirt,
Oh can you wash it clean?
Oh can you wash your father’s shirt
And hang it on the green?
I wrote a new melody and created new verses using different family members and different items of clothing. My young students enjoy this song, and eagerly create their own new verses.