Looking up while walking, I realised that the treasures of autumn are all there to be had. The office is placed in an old area of Melbourne, a suburb of gardens graced by established trees and fruiting hedges, and I draw a mental map of where the free food lies. Persimmons glow in trees that arc over paling fences, there are lemons and olives and quinces, of course, but also oranges to be found in the cobbled back lanes. Poppy and I like those lanes best of all when we are missing the quiet of our country home. There are at least two feijoa hedges - a great garden idea - that we regularly pass, rosemary that thrives in the sandy soils around us, and a wonderful tall, dense hedge of bay that I always snap a leaf from, to crush and inhale deeply on our way back from wherever we've been.