With the local weather forecast set for dry conditions up until Sunday, P decided to have a good tidy up outside and get everything ready for the forthcoming season.
Not much opportunity now to use the garden table and chairs so they have been given a clean and are now stored in the greenhouse, which has finished its summer job of growing tomatoes and peppers.
The patio and drive have been swept clear - at least until the next batch of fallen leaves banks up huge piles of mulch material against the walls - and P's new toy (his power washer) has cleaned all the grime from the paving.
The grass has had its final cut and the mower cleaned and put away now until the Spring.
The coal bucket has been filled and brought up to sit beside the fire, along with a stack of logs from the wood pile.
It's that time of year again. Time to dig out that bottle of Croft Particular and the old chestnut roasting pan.