I stroke his eyelids, and as the robin shows off in the bath again, I reassure him this is still his stamping ground. We chatter as seeds sail by as if lost from another world. I tell him how they get caught with moths in the spider webs, now everywhere. And that even the leaf skeletons, stones with holes in them and squirrel bones I found in the flowerbed the other day, won’t fall through the cracks. And that it’s possible to trace a journey in the black spot and mould patterns of the rose bushes. We keep talking until the sky goes from red to yellow, and petals that will soon be relics of our summer turn into stained glass. He purrs his delight, and I tell him he’s gold as this autumn will be.