Got a call this morning from the insurers telling me to go ahead with the repair to the camera lens. They will immediately send me a cheque for £506 (repair cost less £100 excess) and I am to pay the repairer direct on completion.
The repairers tell me they will order the parts today and let me know when it's done. I've asked for a delivery estimate but they haven't got back to me yet.
Fingers crossed it won't be long! I'm suffering withdrawal symptons. I got my first SLR in 1974 and have enjoyed taking snaps since then. As a result, I now have close to 60,000 images on my PC. (All backed up to two separate external, portable hard drives of course.)