Spring is in the air and soon the jacarandas will burst into purple bloom. But first, all the leaves blow down from the branches. Those little bits get in everywhere! They clump together on the spare tyre and the bumper of the car, settle under the windscreen wipers, blow into the garage and get stuck under shoes and trampled into the house. While I love the flowers that remind me of the town I grew up in, the leafy mess is one thing I can do without.