Well, talk about pressure. We've got a bank giving us a formal promise of lending which means we can bid on the flat I talked about. Now it's time to keep all available fingers crossed / pray that this will work out, and that we'll get as much money as we wan't from this flat. Thanks for your support, this is more exciting than watching scary movies on a roller coaster.
Today I found the beginning of an aubergine (ie. an eggplant) on my aubergine plants. These plants are quite old (about six months) and have been heavily assaulted buy the thrips, so I had given up hope. But there's still time for wonders, so if I take care of my plants I'll soon be able to make baba ganoush!