Recently, at one particular client's garden, I've been feeling as though I were labouring under a huge weight.
Instead of whizzing round the garden at top speed, I've been toiling along the paths, struggling to drag the wheelbarrow up the steps to the bonfire plateau, and generally feeling as though it's all become rather hard work.
Am I getting old?
Is it all too much for me?
No - the wheelbarrow had a slow puncture, and over the last several weeks, I have (I must admit) noticed it getting a bit softer - but this week I arrived to find it completely flat. The client, when I mentioned it, merrily told me that it goes down every six weeks or so, and produced a pump.
35 or so psi later, there I was, rejuvenated, reinflated, and rejoicing in the effortless way the wheelbarrow flew across the grass once more.
That will teach me to attend to these things sooner, rather than later!