I cart large piles of leaves to the compost heap where they quickly bed down into a manageable heap. It's satisfying to know that it will slowly transform into fine compost. Some of the windfalls are put on the pile and others are raked to one side of the garden and left for the birds to eat.
Across the road from us some of the stables have been dismantled prior to the erection of a couple of houses. Long-term occupants of the stabling have had to start looking for new lodgings. Yikes - they've found my compost heap, everything that they love, warmth and windfalls.
RATTUS! And you know how quickly the damn things breed! We weren't going to shop on Black Friday, but then it seemed an appropriately named day, so we went out and bought traps and poison and peanut butter!