Okay, so ... how did it get to be November already? What - may I ask - happened to October? Considering it's one of the months with 31 days, you would think it would last a little longer but oh no ... not October ... it goes by like it thinks it's February during a non-leap year! Which figures because October is hands-down my very favorite month of the year and I always hate to see it end.
Speaking of ending, this tree here is the lone tree that stands in the yard here at my humble abode. It's a rather large tree and, as such, possesses quite a few leaves which turn several lovely shades of orange and yellow during my most favorite season of all. Unfortunately, though, those leaves eventually drop after ending their autumn show and we end up with a carpet of leaves on the lawn which then has to be raked up. It's one of those rites of the season that all of us in New England with a yard go through every year.
This year, though, it seems like there are a lot more leaves than usual to rake and bag up. I'm not sure if it's because the trees produced an overabundance of leaves this year or if it's because all of the neighborhood leaves decided to come over to my house and play and have ended up in the area that I am responsible to rake.
This rather large pile of leaves to the right were leaves that weren't in my yard but had congregated on the sidewalk in front of the house and the curb. As such, I don't think that they were leaves from my tree but immigrants from another yard. By the time Jamie and I had bagged up that batch there and the rest that were just out of the picture, we had filled 10 bags - 10 very large 40-gallon bags that Jamie even sat on a couple of times to compact the leaves down so that we could fit more in.
These leaves to the left are the next ones that are going to have to be bagged up and put out by the curb for the city to haul away at some point but first I have to go buy some more bags because we ran out after just doing the ones on the street. And looking at that pile, I get the feeling I need to either buy bigger bags or double the amount that I normally get as that's a lot of leaves.
The worst part is, there are still more leaves that have yet to fall from the trees and what grows up, must come down. Oh my aching back ...