And thanks for all the comments. Sometimes you wonder if anyone reads - it's nice to have the encouragement to go on!
In response to some questions;
My contract is until the first week of September so expect to see me back on British soil, eating ham sandwiches on brown bread with mustard around that time!
Tom, I hope you are happy that I safely retuned my "delicate" sister to you. Despite being slapped by a gorilla (maybe she deserved it), I hope you find her in peak condition.