......I manage to sort out my blog background OK. I'm pretty sure the problems were caused by the template I was using (shame as I liked it!). In the process of searching for another one this morning I came across some which, when previewed on the providers' own websites, had the floating box :) So, if you get the 'dreaded floater', that's most likely gonna be the root cause. It appears that some providers of free templates have their limits and then the likes of Photo Bucket step in to say now they need to pay and that transfers onto your blog too.
So, for now, I have a standard Blogger template - nice and simple with the little flying birdies at the top. I do not want to go down this road again - unless any of you lovely ladies can advise me where to find a lovely simple background that isn't likely to cause future floaters I'm sticking with it! It came in a buff colour but was easy to change to pink. - it has to be pink of course :)) However, you do need sunspecs right now as some elements are in a reddish orange - err, nice :( Whilst you can change the colour of a lot of parts of the text easily in Design mode - it appears that you do need to fiddle around with the HTML code to then be able to change some things. I know, to get 'simple' I have to choose the difficult route :(
So, keep your sunspecs handy for now - once I get my thinking head on and change the HTML without wrecking the blog - normal service will resume.
Before then, I have more wedding stationery to do - but am at the halfway point with a lot of the elements ready just to assemble the last ones. Another three hours should see me breathe a sigh of relief!
But, if you managed to read this far - well done. And as soon as the blog background is fixed I have a little give away to celebrate 300 postings and being a gnats whisker away from 100 followers.
Have a great day :))