Vacuum cleaners are great, but there’s nothing quite like taking your aggression out on a dusty carpet hung on the line!
September on the doorstep
Carpets on the washing line,
windows and doors flung wide
for one last cleaning binge
before the autumn avalanche
of new school term, work projects
and rain that traipses muddy feet
to dry before an open fire.
Of course, this makes most sense when you live in a place where practically all work projects grind to a two-month halt at the end of June, and where the weather has a tendency to change punctually at the start of September.
Since I’ve been living in Spain, that’s usually been the case but this year has been extraordinarily dry and I don’t think there’s any rain forecast for the foreseeable future. There isn’t much hope of new work for most of the population, either, I’m afraid, but that’s a-whole-nother subject.