Well between passing showers I managed to observe Venus this afternoon, only two degrees from the sun and 34 hours before mid transit.
I am pretty pleased with that feat, but a little sad that I couldn't actually scrutinise the planet properly.
I used a 30mm eyepiece to locate the sun, then setting circles to offset to Venus. The sky was so bright that Venus was mostly invisible to me even with filters, but every now and then it would present itself as an incredibly thin crescent barely brighter than the sky. Sadly every time I tried to centre it and change the eyepiece I would loose it and have to start again, so 40X was the highest power used. Still, two degrees from the sun is pretty good!
I was hoping to see a very extended crescent well over 180 degrees, but the sky was so bright that I think I could only see the brightest part of the crescent and it looked to be barely more than the usual half a ring.