Last Sunday coming home from the park, we ran into our electricians, cleaning up leaves from an income property one of them owns around the corner. They had just finished loading an entire trailer with leaves from the sugar maples and soft maples around the property, and were preparing to take it some 15 kms away to the city compost yard.
Of course when I asked where they were going to go, the owner of the property (and the leaves) asked if he could instead deliver them here. And so unlike the last two Falls, I have been spared the effort of dragging home bags of fallen leaves from the curb... One entire wagon load of leaves, here, delivered to the base of the giant hackberry. And plenty of laughter at my delight and glee as they added them to the pile we had started on Halloween.
And while you can't see it in the photo, the pile is furrowed and compressed, because Gracie too can not contain her glee, and has spent the week playing in them. As soon as I can get to it, they will be ground up to become a thick winter blanket for the gardens. We're rich here.