My word we’ve had some rum weather of late. The autumn was so mixed, weatherwise. The summer had been pretty hot in June, lots of very very hot days, then the second week of wimbledon fortnight turned very wet and windy and this remained for another week or so. The summer holiday period was scorching hot one day, torrential rain the next and with these downpours came tremendous winds. Autumn itself was very cold and wet and now we are awaiting for frost and snow to return for a second hit. This makes the knotty problem of home and house maintenance all the more critical. When the window cleaning comes to me, he does an annual check of the gutters, fascias and soffits so if there are any problems looming, I am forewarned. The same checks need to be done for roof tiles and chimney flashings. Suffering water ingress is one of my greatest fears!