Yes, I've been quiet for a couple of weeks. Sorry. Our phone line was severed, and BT arrived this morning to fix it, 13 days after the original incident. Here's what happened: The land next door has been sold for housing development, demolition contractors started to clear trees, they "accidentally" knocked over the telephone pole which carries our line. So we've been without a phone, and, more importantly, without the internet. I'm hoping that when I get home this evening it will all be up and running again.
The photograph shows the hole where the pole used to be, and, behind it, lying down, the pole itself.