Thanks, everyone, for your kind words. (Though actually, I didn't think I'd posted enough so far to have made much of an impression).
Galin has been kind enough to refer to my collection, which I jokingly say is kept in the 'vast marbled halls' of the geordie library. Sometimes, I say, I get lost in the stacks, and can only find my way out again if I've remembered to take my ball of twine. Otherwise, mrs g. has to come in to find me, by singing. (the old methods are the best.) Though it's oddly true what Galin said - there are actually one or two books which I do remove from view when visitors come to view the library, just in case it's all too much. (I like having visitors; it's fun to hear the 'pop' sound their chins make when they hit the floor).
Anyway; that's enough of that nonsense for now. Leelee - you've been very kind to me so far, but I think asking for an autograph is a bit much. I'm all embarrassed now. I've never been asked for an autograph in my life; (well, only the once... a friend asked me to sign a book I'd contributed to. 'your name's in it', she said, so sign it, please'.) Hmm. Actually, I'm an autograph hound myself. Authors and artists get that hunted look on their faces when they see me stalking them at Oxonmoot an other conventions. But no; to be serious - they are really lovely people. Tim Kirk did an original drawing in one of my autograph books; and you know Rhona Beare? (yes, you do - the lady who wrote to Tolkien about bridles and head-stalls) - that good lady actually wrote a sixteen- line poem about Faramir in that same autograph book. I'm very fortunate.
Still; that's enough rambling. I'm not sure of my way around here just now, but I'm sure there will be lots of opportunities for me to join in. So long for now.