I guess you could describe the retaining wall as ferruginous, rust-coloured. A new paint job has featured on my to-do list for some time. My excuse for inaction is that the effect lends itself to blending with the seasonal colours, autumn being a year-round phenomenon at the homestead. Another pathetic excuse. Dark and damp it may be, however the rainforest-like habitat remains a playground for wrens, robins and tiny goldcrest - along with countless small rodents and a tawny owl that feeds on them.