When I was growing up we used to visit my grandparents very infrequently – they seemed to live on another planet, as travel was nowhere near as easy to arrange back then. Once a year we would visit that dreadfully stuffy, old fashioned house with no mod cons. The kitchen comes to mind – a grim scullery affair, a butler sink – so fashionable a must have today – with a wodden draining board. Cold running water only. A houdini style free standing cabinet against the far wall had a cupboard at the top, a pull down hatch door which served as the only work top in the place, and larger cupboard below for the pans. There was a proper larder though – with a marble shelf and very strong wooden shelves above and below. What was in that house was all wood – no mdf, upvc, plastic. All glorious hard working oak. If only I could see and smell it today.