This is another anecdotal post. I am surprised to find myself creative, in spite of what I was fearing. Autumn is definitely here: it is cold and gloomy outside, or much colder than it has been, even after the (allegedly) coldest summer in twenty years. It also means that it is now the season of spiders, when they get home for winter. I find spiders beautiful, some of them anyway, but I like them less when they are black and hairy and take over the flat. And I have to take them out myself, which I don't like either (no, my wife wouldn't let me kill them).
Maybe favourite local shop is maybe a gardening/DIY shop, which looks like the most unexciting place you can find, but it is actually quite interesting. They have a miniature model of the old train station that doesn't exist anymore, which in itself makes it worth visiting. But they also have a spider repellent. It is conker based and it smells way too strong, but it does keep them away. I plan to spray some around for the next few days. So for now the smell of conkers, just like the look of a black hairy spider, are for me signs of autumn.
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