I hope you and the Elves are enjoying the break from comments. I have to say though that I am missing them. Not the fiery robust ones — but the many thoughtful and helpful ones. I have realised that I rely on the commentators to analyse the significance of the posts and to point out how they fit with the overall pattern of what is going on. I am looking forward to the return of these kind of posts, which have always been the greater proportion of all the comments on your site.