It is solidly autumn here now and for once our tree has actually changed colour to something other than muddy brown! The leaves have even mostly fallen and it hasn't snowed on them first. It was super windy the other day and most of the leaves on the front lawn obligingly blew elsewhere, so we only had the backyard to sweep. Interestingly, it appears we only have one squirrel nest in the tree at the moment (compared to over a dozen some years), and I'm pretty sure there were significantly fewer leaves to rake now that we are missing that one large branch we had to have removed earlier.
All that to say that we were able to rake up our leaves in just one afternoon session. The kids were actually helpful, once Elizabeth got over her fear of being stung by wasps. She did insist on changing her pants before raking though - the ones she wore are quite loose so that any wasps up her pants would "be able to get out quicklier" and I had to stamp on each pile before she'd go near it.