Visiting my friend Jennie, enjoying her garden in the mellow afternoon of autumn, and watching the tuis feeding. Jennie’s husband John makes these ingenious bird feeders, using an upturned bottle that dispenses sugar water into a bowl. The tui first sits and watches (there’s a neighbourhood cat).

It’s safe to feed.

Sipping sweet nectar; that’s how it feels as each golden day unfolds. How much longer can it last? I’m drinking it in: the sun, the peace, the bounty of late autumn.