Now, without a drier as a back up for those moments when you really need that top dry right now, I plan my washing much further in advance. In winter it takes a few days for things to dry inside so you have to keep up with what needs to be clean next week, not tomorrow. This winter where the drying rack lives has changed almost every day in our house. Sometimes by the radiator in the living room behind the sofa (but not when people come round as it takes up too much room), sometimes by the front door (again not when anyone might want to go out or come in), sometimes it's in the kitchen (but not when we need to move around to cook) and sometimes it ends up in the bedroom (but not often as then the room gets all damp and clammy).
Because of all this you'll understand why the first week I can dry clothes outside is quite so exciting. I've had clothes on the line every day and they're dry in only a few hours. This, more than anything else, is why I am loving the hot sunny weather this week.
It's not just me that's enjoying the sunshine either. For the first time ever yesterday I saw blackbirds in our yard, taking our garden bird species up to two. There have also been lots of hoverflies, bees and other insects flying across the walls. With the new season finally here suddenly everyone is very busy buzzing around and looking for food. It's great. Hopefully this weekend I'll make it down to the canal (I haven't been in weeks!) and see how spring is coming along there too.