Hi Jane and welcome to caving and the cavers forum!
It's been a bit of an odd year for caving (and everything else), so it can't be the easiest time to get into it.
Hopefully things will settle down soon and we can get back to it a bit better, but in the meantime I tend to think of the forum as a bit like the only cavers pub that's still open! There are a bunch of regulars propping up the bar, while various passing cavers pop in for a quick half (or heavy session). Others sit in the corner listening to the chat but keep to themselves. While there may be the odd heated discussion, we all have at least one thing in common and seeing someone new joining our sport (and enjoying it) is something that I think everyone enjoys.