One of the things I love about my flat is that it has quite a large balcony. Admittedly, it doesn't have much of a view looking out as it does over a noisy pub, a cab office, a hairdresser and a Vietnamese DVD shop, but it is nice and sunny and a good place to sit out. i recently got a new table and chairs and a cool folding washing lone and it makes the space much more user friendly.
I love the washing line. I've bought a fair few things for my house in the time i've lived here but this has to be one of the cleverest and most useful purchases of my life. I cannot recomend this washing line enough! In the photo above it has two loads of washing on it and it still has space for more (but I had no more pegs!) and it is just really easy to use.
This is the it open and closed, so you can see how neat it is. I put it up myself which was a bit of a struggle on my own (especially since it rained halfway through!) but it was worth it for the sense of accomplishment I felt at the end!
The other good thing about the balcony is how much the cats love it.
See, Muffin loves the balcony! They only go out there when i'm in the house as i'm terrified that they'll jump onto the ledge and fall off (and if you think thats unlikely for cats then you don't know my cats!) so they spend lots of time outside when i'm at home. Most of their time outside consists of sunbathing (Muffin) and diggin in my flower pots, chasing feathers, chasing leaves and running away from the sound of sirens on the road below (Purdey).
I know that this post has absolutely nothing about knitting, so just to prove that I do still knit, albeit sporadically, here is a picture of my current sock-in-progress in the pansys of my hanging basket.
I have lots of pots and flowers on the balcony which is surprising when you consider how many plants I managed to kill during my time as a student. I seem to have turned over a nrew, green fingered leaf in the last few years though, and this hanging basket is the pride of my balcony. I'm even going to try and grow some vegetables in pots!