I'm trying to make a small change to the 2 columns left design for the default category pages (specifically layer navigation). My design calls for adding the category title, description and thumbnail to the left column right above the layer navigation.
The problem is I can't find anything relevant at all. Searching for category and columns just brings forth the mass swarm of people who want to move columns around, not add to them.
I've tried adding a new block reference to XML files and adding a new phtml template for them but after about 10 tries of different methods of adding references blocks functions code snippets I've completely lost track and have no clue what the correct (or any working) method is.
If anyone can point me in the right direction at-least I'd at least be very grateful.