I have finally received my Carte De Sejour!!
There was a time, not that long ago, when I though this would never happen. I am now officially a resident of France (albeit a temporary one with restrictions on work etc).
I am more relieved than excited, the later wore off months ago when our visas were issued. However this little card is still the culmination of a marathon effort through an uncharted ocean of bureaucracy.
In the end all the effort, stress and cost has been been worth it and I'll recommend an adventure like this to anyone.
Before I get too carried away I should mention that Angela's card is still pending. Hope this arrives before our trip to Spain as our temporary extended permits have expired!