It's definitely fire season. Winter has begun in earnest. The last of the chili peppers have given up. The birds are hanging around the bird feeding table for seeds, the winter clothes are out, jandals are put aside in favour of gumboots and the beach is empty of people, and wildly windswept. Fire building, tending and gazing are all in evidence. Phoenix the puppy was overjoyed to see boxes of wood come into the house, right next to his bed. Making kindling is the perfect puppy work for these long dark winter evenings. A tad messy for those who worry about such things, but effective!