This is one of the best features of our flat -- the bay window in our bedroom. It looks out on at the apartment buildings of the Portobello Court housing estate across the street, and Trellick Tower in the right-hand distance. And like all our windows, it has incredibly good light and deep windowsills for storage or display.
I parked a couple of my artworks here, as well as a pottery lizard that my friend Sue bought me in Tampa almost 20 years ago (right). On the left is a bowl I made, holding beach glass from Sidi Ifni in Morocco and shells from Madagascar. And next to it is a huge fossilized scallop that I found near the beach in Venice, Fla. We bought the plant on Portobello Road -- it's a Dracaena or Dragon Tree, one of my favorite houseplants.
The windows are double-glazed and one of them isn't sealed well, so it fogs up between the panes. But still, I love this window. Pity it isn't a more comfortable place to sit -- though I suppose we could add cushions and try to improve it. In any case, we'll get to enjoy it for a while more -- we've arranged a lease extension with the landlords to keep this flat at least through July 2013!