Slightly distracted recently, due to the fact that the house is getting its own back. The central heating/hot water boiler packed up on Monday night (which just happened to be the coldest night of the year), and then the shower managed to trip all the electrics on Wednesday morning, and has since been declared kaput. Marvellous.
Anyway, all is now fixed, and R has spent several happy hours looking for new showers on the internet. It's amazing what you can find - I particularly like the weirdness of the wireless shower, which you can set off from any room in the house. Sadly, it's probably out of our price bracket, which runs more to the Wickes end of the spectrum.
Oh, and I've got my voice back. Boy how I missed it.