Not really! I guess I should have expected that being owned by one company (still under contract) but committed to joining another (contract signed and waiting to join!) wasn't going to be as easy as "garden leave".
I can understand the principle of Garden Leave and to be honest it has been a great pportunity for me to relax an have some time out but has it had the desired affect?
For the answer to that you would need to ask the question "What was the desired affect?" or at least "What was the objective?". I suspect the answer is no - but don't tell anyone because it would be a waste of time and money to find out!