We spent much of the day trying to call Cousteau-cub, but to avail. Hopefully she will see the Facebook messages and read this.
The Gorse Fox has spent the rest of the day in close orbit of the adminisphere. bills to check up on, receipts to scan and shred, phone calls to make. It appears that we cannot install the gas fire that we wanted without reducing the bore of the flue. Gorse Fox is now chasing other options to see if problem is endemic in gas fire design, or a limitation of one manufacturer.
Finally all the empty boxes have been collected by the removals chaps. The garage looks surprisingly accessible again - though not enough to house the car, yet.