No, I don't mean the kind of ticks that bite and might give you Lyme's disease.
There is no denying it, autumn is definately on its way. The garden is shutting down slowly, leaves are beginning to change and drop from certain plants. The evenings are drawing in, some evenings require cardigans and socks and it is a bit chilly getting into bed.
With this in mind, this is the time of year (and for us we are already in this mode), of sorting out for winter. Yes, I know that autumn hasn't happened yet but in villages that have oil instead of on demand gas, often use woodburners or open fires, we have to begin earlier than those of you who can just flick a switch!
Last Friday, after assessing we needed just one cubic metre of logs to top up our stores, we ordered some, they were delivered 08:40 on Saturday and by 09:20, they had been put away. Tick.
The old flannelette sheets have been turned into rags so new ones were ordered yesterday. Tick.
A new seal for the woodburner has arrived although it has yet to be fitted as we need to light the burner to set the glue - almost a tick!
The rag rug in front of the burner has been washed, dried in the sun and put back down. Tick.
We still need to order oil before the price begins to go up, which it usually, does at the end of summer:(
There are still have quite a lot of pine cones for emergency fire lighting and DB has precut into the correct lengths, loads of the wood designated for kindling. He has also cut some into kindling, two bags worth I think. Tick.
There you have it, ticks coming along nicely:)