Goodness, I hadn't realised that it had been quite that long since my last post!
I will update with new garden photos shortly as it doesn't look like that anymore, I'm pleased to say. Nor does the dog, she has one less leg than she had due to an osteosarcoma but does very well on three.
I've also taken rather an extended break from silversmithing but intend to gradually ease back in now that the metal prices look more optimistic. For small designer makers such an increase in the price of your raw material can be disasterous as well as make you more ingenious.