This was all possible because I managed to wangle 'working from home' *ahem* *grin* for today and tomorrow.
Unfortunately, this is necessary because I dropped off my bike to have a major service. Including changing the chain and sprocket it will cost me about £500! Aaargh! The car has just gone into the garage to have £250 in welding done to it as well - thankfully kissycat1000 is paying half as always.
Roll on Christmas *sigh*. As if I need more crap to spend money on.