I was round at a pal’s recently – we were admiring the newest grandchild, out in their conservatory. I did think when invited to sit in there that it suddenly looked a bit more cramped and full with furniture. As soon as I sat, I realised the dining chair was much more comfortable than the last time I was there. Yes, this was the change. Apart from there having been a new patio door fitted recently, they had changed their tiny fold down dining table and four somewhat spartan wooden dining chairs. Now I was viewing a larger table, felt protection awaiting cut to size. Underneath was a beautiful ercol dining table – an exsquisite quality piece. The six chairs still had the original cushions and each had the swan motif of the design name. It all lifted their room – the decorating was soon to begin and I’m pretty sure it would be just as impressive – appropriately reflecting the age of the 1972 dining suite!