This morning I hummed and harred and faffed about before deciding to have a go at fixing my shower. Bearing in mind that the sum total of my knowledge is that there are taps and pipes, and one is hot and one is cold.. I think it was a fairly brave move. I waited until I got internet access and looked at the website of the shower manufacturer and managed to get a PDF of the installation instructions which were clear enough to give me the confidence to go ahead as it was likely just a blocked filter causing the problems. Sure enough after managing to isolate the hot and cold taps (oops I forgot to check the boiler wasn't about to come on, but I think I was OK as it was not in its timer cycle - bad azekeil) I managed to sort the problem out and after more faffing managed to get the shower back together again and had a shower (just about) before kissycat1000 came around :)
Today so far we've been into town and had some food (Lard Burgers, Cheltenham version!) and done odds and ends - the delivery to the shop of kissycat1000's new tv hadn't come yet so we're back having some tea and coffee before we head out again to sort out a cooker and washing machine for myself (finally!).
Getting there! Hopefully after this weekend I will have all services and mod-cons to be fully independent in my own house :) Then I'll just need to sort out the network (may well start with wireless as I've been wanting to do that for a while anyway) and get the file server beast wired in too.
I do just have to geek a little about the new setup: I now have a lockable full-size external brick-built cupboard which will do perfectly for servers. The cable modem is installed in there (much to the chagrin of the engineer who came around to fit it). I now also have digital TV (for the first time!) which is nice. I almost feel ready to start getting builders around for quotes and advice.