I read this book recently for our book club. We all loved it too.
Going by our experience Mr.B. will soon be very hard to winkle out of said chair, so comfortable is it!
These chairs are wonderful if, as you say, a smidgen, a humungous smidgen, expensive! Both my stepmother and mother-in-law had one.
You sound as if you had a wonderful day. Hope you are feeling better now. Have a peaceful New Year. Love Pat.xx