That time of year has come round again, oh so quickly.
They say that time passes more quickly the older one gets, and for Alfonso The Second and me, we must be getting very old indeed.
I am 55, and Alfonso The Second is catching me up with a younger 46 years.
The time has come to prepare Alfonso's home for his winter hibernation. I don't want him outside in all weathers, the poor thing, and the wind around these Wivenhoe parts can be very cutting.
So from now on until the Spring, he will only be coming out on sunny days to get a little run around up to the farm shop and back.
But maybe I will venture forth and also take him, weather permitting, down to The Ace Cafe in Wembly for the once-a-month Italian car meet.
It is somewhere that Alfonso The Second has been begging me to take him to do for ages, and one of these days I may just surprise him with a little treat.