Yes, I'm still here. The last few weeks have been particularly difficult for blogging. My work lap-top has started to misbehave and gone off to the computer hospital for repairs and we spent one of my breaks down in Brisbane, all of which has made summoning up some sort of post a bit too tricky. On the plus side, while we were in Brissie we splashed out on a new printer, a Canon MP970. Little A's old Lexmark expired some time ago so we passed on to her our previous Canon, a small one which has gone very well for a couple of years and graduated up to this beast, a combined scanner, copier and printer. It wasn't cheap, of course, $418 to be precise but if, like me, you can remember paying $500 for a scungey dot-matrix printer this rates as a total bargain. The only snag so far, the scanner doesn't seem to have quite so many bells and whistles as my old one - which also died recently. This new one can scan negatives and slides so I shall be reviving a few old memories next time I'm home.