Apartment life brings new pastimes. I’m not sure what’s the proper term here in Polish apartments – balcony, patio, terrace. In Spain, they were terrazas. I’ll use patio because that’s what we would call them in AZ. Anyway, the apartments in our area all have them, and I’m very grateful. I love being able to step outside for fresh air, to grow some tomato plants, or sit outside and read.
From our kitchen window, we have a good view of the front of the next building. That brings me to my new pastime. I rate and rank my neighbors patios. How would you place them? Surprisingly, the penthouse is not in first place. That honor goes to the folks on the lower left.
The preference in Poland seems to be for planting only one kind of flower – all red geraniums or all purple petunias. I prefer to mix colors and textures. We have a mix of flowers, foliage, herbs, and three busy tomato plants.
I know what the folks across the way must be saying about me. “Her trellis with that scraggly vine is crooked; it’s driving me crazy.”
An accountant by trade and a food blogger since 2009, Lois Britton fell in love with Polish cuisine during the years she lived in Poznań, Poland. As the creator of PolishHousewife.com, she loves connecting readers with traditional Polish recipes. Lois has a graduate certificate in Food Writing and Photography from the University of South Florida. She is the author of The Polish Housewife Cookbook, available on Amazon and on her website.