This is just to say...
... that I have not in fact dropped off the face of the planet!
I would have photographs to share with you - of my little garden, of my corded stays progress, of my dear family - only I cannot find my camera cable and therefore cannot transfer them to my computer. Perhaps one of these days.
(Incidentally, can anyone answer for me WHY I thought it was a good idea to make a corded petticoat, even by machine? Or 1830s corded stays, entirely by hand? Didn't think so - I can't either.)