Geoff - thanks for the best wishes, will have to arrange to get across and see your new place soon :)

Simon - we think the vendor thinks we're trying to take him for a ride. He's asked to see copies of the summaries of the surveys we've had, I think he's trying to get his head around it! Not sure where we go from here but we've handed over the paperwork and although I doubt anything will come of it, we've said we'll keep the offer open for a few days.

fairyJo - hugs for you too sweetie. Everything is going brilliantly apart from the house, we're good up here and hope to see you soon.