Folks, you've all been so kind. I've been getting emails, cards, letters, a wonderful painting and stories of old times. Even a photo of me aged 19 leaning on a damaged lamppost in Christchurch (I didn't damage it). I've really enjoyed every single communication.
Also, lots of people have been bringing us food and that's been so helpful. As I've such a restricted diet (low fat, low roughage, high protein), there are times I am unable to eat some of wonderful looking dishes. These dishes have been great for the rest of the family, so please don't be offended when your food doesn't pass the babyfood test! There are adult food consumers who are really enjoying the varied diet.
thanks so much