The bottom section didn't take nearly as long as I expected. I am absolutely thrilled with how this has come out. Toccata no 2 has been an exceptionally rewarding stitch in no small part because it took me out of my 'comfort zone' as a stitcher. As a result I'm now seriously considering taking some of the RSN Goldwork courses.
DH lived dangerously when I was showing it off to him when he complemented me on the row of gonks at the bottom!! Honestly Men!!!