A brief explanation of our silence: My partner has been ill - seriously so and, over the past ten days, mortally so. For nine of these past days she has been in (and, indeed, this message is written from) hospital.
On Monday night we faced each other directly once again; I went to walk her Home.
But it was not her time so, as her sleep grew easy once more, I stole silently away. My duty was unneeded.
My partner is now recuperating steadily and an imminent release from hospital is anticipated, though there may still be some challenges to face in the weeks ahead.
But face them we will - and our courage shall not be found wanting. The all will soon be told.
Until then; good night.