I had the pleasure of taking a tour round a very old village recently as a member of my family has bought a stone conversion over that way. All oak trees and country lanes. The local villages are very pretty, lots of stone cottages, beautiful churches and importantly, stone and thatch pubs. One such delight was chosen for our lunch on moving day – the menu was varied and reasonably priced. The beers were respectable, but the main attraction for me was the gorgeous old furniture in the parlour and snug areas. Three hundred year old dressers lined two walls, and the tables had been made from old trestles taken out of the church some hundred years ago – having served as very uncomfortable seating in a church for centuries before that. All this wonderful old oak furniture was so much more interesting than any of the local village gossip, which was aplenty too.