Goodness knows where the compulsion came from, but Jarvis and I have been raking leaves since the walnut tree started to drop them everywhere.
I've never, ever felt the need to do it before, and I remember very clearly making fun of a friend in Canada for doing just that (we lived there five years ago, so I actually got to make fun of her while she did it!).
Anyhow, here we are. I'm wearing my best leaf-raking outfit, complete with black flowery gumboots. Obviously I wasn't planning leaf raking activities when I got up in the morning, white dresses being perhaps the most unsuitable items of all for doing yard work.
There's something kind of nice about adding some brown material to the compost heap, and leaving the lawn looking like a lawn (for a day or two anyway). Maybe I'll keep up this leaf raking carry-on.