Whenever the wether permits we spend our late afternoons most enjoyably on the Terminal 3 / Wendy House / Man-cave balcony. The sights, sounds, skies, trains and air traffic between them provide constant interest. The more so nowadays with i-phone Apps for weather and air traffic constant updates.
www.realtimetrains.com does just what it says.
www.flightradar24.com tells us what's above us - a constant stream at that time of day, about 50/50 divided between internal UK flights and international flights, mainly from London to America and Iceland. It also pipes up with planes in distress (squawk 7700) anywhere in the world. The words "May-Day, May-Day" shout out and you can go straight to the flight concerned. Usually you see it divert and descent to some nearby airport - most often it's a passenger in need of urgent medical treatment. Once we saw the actual plane as it diverted to BAE Systems at Wharton, near Blackpool
The Apple weather app is amazing and gives upcoming rain showers to the very minute. The clouds provide confirmation. I enjoyed a recent heavy thunderstorm under the protection of the new roll-out canopy. Very cosy.
Here are a couple of recent cloud pictures, both taken from the sit-out balcony: