Nice lookin', Pseud! I like the CH, because it add some different texture. But, I could see how it might be distracting. Perhaps, if the left corner doesn't fill in, just move it more to the left so it blend in there better. Though, I, too, would just let it ride for a bit.
As to the numbering shot, how was that done? Just change the shot to greyscale and add numbers via photoshop? I've got the freeware irfanview program. I wonder if I could do the same with that. I'd like to try that for my next posting!