But highly successful in that wifey obtained her visa at the first time of asking without any significant hurdles (she had to update her bank book and get a copy of a stamp in her passport but I was to hand to clear that while her application was being processed) to over come.
In fact it was so easy that I too will be doing it myself in May and saving a fortune in the process. It only costs THB 1 900, although we will have to go back to get her re-entry permit which will cost an additional THB 3 900 for the year. Hopefully that too will be as simple to arrange.
Anyway, we're both so happy at the result and couldn't believe it only took around two and a half hours from arriving to leaving. Outstanding.