Later I fettled the wood burner after its first fire since the chimney was swept last spring. Our chimney sweep uses what looks like a big vacuum cleaner and my bed of ash always disappears into its sooty maw but a new one is well on the way now. Another fire should see it about right.
Afterwards the patio moss had to be dealt with. Block paving covered in bright green rectangles of moss. A tedious job one would have thought, enough to curse the guy who invented block paving but somehow it was a pleasure to get the job done and out of the way for winter. Autumn fettling - can't beat it.
Plenty of apples to be picked too but we're full of stewed apples for now and we've already given away loads of them. People have a limited appetite for apples but the blackbirds will eat any windfalls once they begin to rot.
Apart from the autumn colours and the apple harvest, this is a fine time to be outside working. Preparing for winter feels wholesome, as if a chap is back in tune with seasonal rhythms and things are as they should be. I think I'll treat myself to an evening not looking at the news.