Many Gurnites that walk the river on daily basis will know the Maple tree at the bottom of the Khyber. This tree gives one of the finest autumnal displays to be seen along the riverside. Yesterday this observer caught a glimpse of the tree in the sunshine from further down the river and thought there was a bit of an early difference about it. This morning I had a chance to go for a closer look and yes there is a change in this tree. Nearby too a young Rowan looked as if it was content with the job for 2011 and preparing also to go into a different mode. All around however still plenty of full-blown greenery yet. Does anyone else feel, however, that the growing season is well on this year?