Sorry, not very focussed this post. Christmas preoccupations and all that. But I have a couple of things to mention.
First is to give a plug to this particularly beautiful piece of music: Richard Harvey's Concerto Antico for guitar and small orchestra, soloist John Williams. Here is part III Cantilena courtesy of Youtube, but it's worth listening to the whole recording if you can. It's not terribly often a piece of music brings tears to the eyes so this is something special.
Next, if you are looking for an image manipulation programme for your family photos or cover art you could do worse than download GIMP. I've been playing around with this for the last few weeks and it's great, not least because it's FREE. Here's a picture I made earlier. It seems to go quite well with the music.