The Katsura was looking especially golden and glowing in this morning’s low light … pity about the roaring of at least three powerful leafblowers in nearby gardens. Kinda breaks the harmony.

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The leafblower is a useful tool, we even have one ourselves, but you only need it once per year when all the leaves have fallen from the trees and need to be cleared in one big heap from the grass before the snows start. What we are getting at the moment is neat-nick Canadians shifting half a dozen leaves from their lawns just to be tidy – often it’s the grass-cutting contractors so many people use trying to justify their expensive charges for another few weeks. “Harrumph”.