Last year's oak leaves are still hanging on. They'll fall off as spring's new growth begins.
Knock on wood, our heating system is working fine. Given that the boiler is over twenty years old, we know that it could go at any moment. It gets serviced every year in the summer and the technician tells us that it's fine, but that it's old. It's time to prepare ourselves for the end. The automatic timer and programming system hasn't worked for more than five years now, meaning we have to go down to the boiler to turn it on and off by hand every day. Replacing the timer would cost way more than it's worth, so we're living with it for now. Still, we only run the central heating in the mornings during the heating season, switching over to wood for mid-day and the afternoons. We don't use any heat overnight. And the oil-fired boiler doesn't heat our domestic hot water; for that we have an electric hot water tank.