So it turns out that what I really needed was a day trip. I went to Oxford today - ostensibly for work, and feel so much better for it.
It wasn't really the Oxfordness of it, as much as it was the change and the inspiration.
I went to a craft shop and got some stuff I've been wanting for a while - a lino-cutting tool and some ink. I need to spend some real time on this to get the hang of different techniques, but I did a first bit of experimentation today:
I'm not convinced the ink is right, but it will do to get started with. I really love having a new craft to get buried in, I have quite a lot of ideas about what sort of thing I want to use this for, so I'm sure I'll have more pictures on this soon.
I also got what is probably the best ring in the history of the universe: