I am sure Cadfael would rather have your honest opinion than not. Thanks for expressing it, George.
I have to say that I don't like the Adverts either and I may find a way around reducing them or at least moving them down to the bottom of the page so they are less 'in your face' but as this site is run out of my own pocket, it has to be well funded by paying ads.
The only up side is that they don't flash on and try and distract you, they just sit there, unlike some ad's I've seen which are very annoying.
Nothing is set in concrete as yet on the front page so I may well rejig things around in the future before an official launch.
This looks very promising from my point of view! will certainly help me keep in touch with my old home, I've already added it to my 'favourites' and look forward to seeing the site when it is finalised. Best Wishes, and Thanks