Perhaps such worries were inevitable given the impracticality of taking bookings and the uncertain relationship between enquiries and actual turnout on the day - and at least two people who said they would be there, were not recognisable amongst the audience!
Anyway, an audience which had reached 65 when we kicked off and gained a few more - albeit a few filtered away at lunch time as expected - was a very respectable crowd. And a pretty varied one, too, with locals and visitors, academics and postgrads and an age range which must have approached 60 years. I tried to chat to as many as possible but did not manage all of you.
Everyone seemed to enjoy it - there were even pleas for another next year. Quite a lot stayed on for the walks round the immediate landscape -for which the threatened rain did not materialise though it wasn't far away. The presentations were very well received - and, to my relief, the technology worked apart from the failure of the remote mouse part way through the final talk (Sorry about that, Douglas, but I did press the buttons on the laptop very beautifully, I thought).
Perhaps there will be some sort of 'publication' - format as yet uncertain. Watch this space! And feel my unmitigated relief that it worked and is over and done with so life can return to its usual hectic whirl.