Barry, more encouraging words about my endeavours, thank you very much. We've had a very trying 2 years with my wife's health, then COVID and so on. To be able to finally do some active photography, has been very rewarding.
As for GIMP, I hadn't really heard about it before I looked into software needed to fiddle with my film scans. My exposure to software for film scans is modest at best, I've been using CS3 which, as I understand it, is a reasonably restricted early photo shop bit of software. I learnt what I needed to do and left it at that. Light room, I have heard of it, but never seen it; so I have no idea whether it would be good or bad for myself.
I'll look up dark table; an interesting name. But once I get going with GIMP, I should be fine. Always nice to know what is available though, so many thanks. You are right about one thing, the cost of GIMP, which is nothing, is sort of astounding for what it can do from what I have seen in online tutorials.
Tomorrow I'll have some scanning to do as I developed 5 sheets of FP4+ today, with a couple of those negatives being pretty much what I envisaged; they looked good even when wet over my light box. I wonder if there is any software called light box?