A little more explanation on the boxed in gable. Not boxing it in would have meant cutting the house siding and establishing a water tight joint there, in addition the co-joining roofs would have created a water dam which would have been hard to seal up. Boxing in the gable solved both of these problems relatively easy. Here are a couple of pictures.
Well I think a bottle of the captain's best is in order, cheers all. Thats from the heart not a pilfered signoff.