I managed to organise my deck and get all my pots sorted and get my cushions out. I made the cushions last year but by the time I'd made them all it was a bit late in the season so I decided to save them for this year. I know it looks high up, and it sort of is because our house is built like many here on a big slope. the ground floor of the house is at the level you can see brick, the white below is the basement. By building on a slope like that the basement is only underground at the front of the house, however our basement is very tall. Which means that you come out of the front door, which is level with the street, pavement road, front garden etc, take one single step off the porch and you are on the first deck, then on the other side of that going around the side of the house there are about five steps 'down' to get to the deck with the chairs, which is why in the first picture you can see white wall, the deck is actually below the level of the ground floor by two or three feet. and yet when you look over the fencing of the deck it's about 15 feet in the air.