I'm not sure how long to let the accumulation of fallen leaves lie. The lawn would surely benefit more from the light to come were I to rake the leaves tomorrow, when it should still be cool enough to make yard work less than utterly unpleasant. Or I could let them stay (there's something festive about a yard strewn with autumn leaves) until after the warm spell. My inclination is toward the latter, but in the back of my mind there's that little echo of my suburban upbringing nagging me to tidy up. Stupid suburbia.
George Eastman House has uploaded a bunch of WWI photos to its Flickr photostream for Armistice Day. Among those displayed is this evidence that, in 1914, French chevaliers really did ride into battle against the rifle-wielding German army while wearing medieval plate armor. The French word is retardataire. In English, we just say retarded.