Well done you.
I really liked the "A PLACE CALLED MAREHAY" page and as for "Whadayersay?", well, it tickled me no end.
It's also encouraging, as you say, for anyone thinking about starting off to just take the bull by the horns and go for it.
You are absolutely right in that you don't need the latest, greatest software to produce good results and you certainly don't have to learn complicated code or any one of lots of equally confusing things. There are web designing sites out there that would have you believe that you need to be some kind or quantum physics professor just to make a homepage, and nothing could be further from the truth.
All you need is the time and inclination to try and you have obviously done just that and come through shining.
You aren't the only person that uses free software from magaziine cover CDs to good effect, so it does go to show that you don't need to invest anything other than your time and imagination.
Thanks for sharing the site with us.
It certainly bucked me up this morning.