This past fall, I was able to take part in the annual raking of the leaves with my Dad, Mom and one of my sisters. However, the Mackey method of raking leaves seems to take quite a departure from more traditional methods for sure. Step 1, rake leaves. Sept 2, put leaves into buckets. Step 3, load manure spreader. Step 4, dispose of leaves on field. Above are some photos from the process, as well as some foliage around the house including what I now know are Chinese Lanterns (wiki). I just love the colour and texture of the husk.