All the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey, and with the last international break of 2011 upon us that means the hectic Christmas period isn't far away.
So well as being busy "California Dreamin'', this last interruption of Premier League football for 2011 seems as good as point as any to reflect on Tottenham Hotspur's season so far.
Brief midweek cup excursions aside, the focus for a good while now is on a run of fixtures that will play a big part in defining what the league campaign will come to be remembered as. What has happened already might mean little by FA Cup third round weekend in early January, but Spurs on the whole will be happy with how their season has been going.
After being dismantled by both Manchester United and City in August, an eight-game unbeaten run has left Tottenham in fifth-place with a game in hand, and an opportunity now to really push on should they not lose any momentum.
Here now are some notes on Tottenham's season thus far. From what Brad Friedel might learn from Heurelho Gomes to the biggest reason why Spurs might miss an absent Harry Redknapp.
First up though, a salute to the improving Younes Kaboul.