It's been a long time but basically I have been working a lot and I have been very dissatisfied with my blog layout. After being ignored by every blog layout designer I contacted (I don't know either) I've decided to attempt doing it on my own. Come March I will hopefully be taking a web design evening course so shall perhaps be pro at this sort of thing come the summer. But the layout process at the moment will probably take a while. I've decided to do it in parts, since I've found in the past when I try and do it all at the one time I get agitated and make a mess of it.
I look forward to writing lots of new posts once I am happy with my layout.