Things are now settling down into their routine with the kids back at school. The mornings are crisper and cooler - the mist on the distant hills and mountains slowly dissolves in the sun to reveal the changing colours of the landscape. Autumn is here. Time to sort out the wood for the fireplace and look forward to a roaring log fire shortly in the evenings. Weekend walks on the beach, in the forests collecting pine cones and chestnuts. Or maybe I'm just rushing it along a bit, because although it's still fairly early, I just love this time of year. Looking forward, dare I say it, to the garden clearance over at my mother-in-law's later today, stacking up the bonfires ready for when we get the licence to burn from the ayuntamiento....meaning an evening fire with all the kids outside standing around, bbq, marshmallows on sticks and a hot toddy! After all the excesses of the summer and the initial rush around in early September with the "vuelta al cole", it's time to batten down the hatches and return to a simpler, quieter life. My favourite time of year.