Autumn may be the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, but, as we tumble rapidly towards winter, it is undeniably the season of leaves. At the moment the trees are half bare and, I have to confess that however much I keep looking in dread at the swirls of soggy leaves collecting in corners, the colours are wonderful this year. The trees seem to have gradually thinned out, and, against grey skies or in the misty sunshine, the trees look glorious. Dark branches silhouetted against shades of red orange and yellow.
The downside of course is that the other half of the tree's leaves are pooling into soggy (and often slippery) heaps. It never seems worth the effort to rake them up when I know there is still the same amount to come down, so I restrict myself to emergency clearing of the area where the grass is most likely to die (which mainly seems to be under the ash and willow trees, where the small narrow leaves smother the grass. On the other hand, clearing away leaves to the leaf mould heaps is a very satisfying task for our clients at Thrive . It can be an easy straightforward and social activity and the results are obvious. Until the following day of course, when the next load have fallen ready for our next group of clients! At least its a great job on the sunny crisp days we have had - not so good on the grey wet/warm weather that those days seem to alternate with!
But leaves are also great things for indoor craft activities - we have been leaf rubbing, creating leaf pictures, autumn wreaths to name but a few activities. If you need some more ideas, have a look at
http://www.countryliving.com/diy-crafts/g1899/fall-leaf-crafts/ or search for "leaf craft ideas" for inspiration.
In the meantime I am going to continue hoping for more crisp frosty mornings, with the leaves snowing from the trees. And, if no one is looking, I'm going to find the biggest drift of leaves I can find and walk through it kicking my feet and spraying leaves in all directions - and hope for a big enough storm to blow them all out of my garden before I have to clear them away!!