Yay! Brendan has done miracles. I have a computer. And the best part - my hard drive with my photos seems to have been OK - my C Drive was the broken one, and it mucked up my other hard drive. So I am pretty happy about that.
It's rained here about 6 times in the last three weeks. That's apparently quite a lot. It's almost never very heavy, but I'm sure in 6 months I will be very keen for rain.