Many thanks to all suggestions and advice given re blog header, I think there's been a slight improvement - basically I needed to resize my picture by pixels rather than measurements. It has gone slightly out of sharp focus but I think I can live with that for a little while! Sadly I don't have Photoshop as I think that is what was really needed, but you live and learn.
To all those with children who were reluctant to go back to school yesterday, can I please reassure them that the staff would have been feeling the same! It was so hard to go back. I thought I had left things in an orderly fashion, I'd even left myself notes on what needed to be done. Letters stored on the computer post dated to 4 January etc (I am school secretary not teacher!) but I was hit by beginning of term-itis and let's just say it took a little while for my brain to defrost. Thank goodness I only work until 12.30 on a Monday! Highlight of the morning? - opening my new 2010 Brad Pitt calendar to hang on the wall. At least I have a nice view now ;-)