In case anyone is checking on this blog (probably not, not really sure who would be very interested) I thought I ought to add a little update.
We have been away visiting relatives and skiing. Had a great time until the journey back from the Alps when the much loves campervan died. Trauma and some hilarious, in retorspect, stories of our return to the UK etc. better news tonight. The van is to follow us home some time in the next fortnight.