A is for antique furniture.
I think they might be from the 17th century and they are still in everyday use in the monastic community's refectory in Switzerland!
And you really must enlarge the photos to see the exquisite detail of ornate carving.
Are those numerals? Do they really say 1663??
Two antique chairs flank an old clock.
The swinging pendulum and the loud ticking are almost hypnotic.
I soon learned not to sit near the clock in the semi-darkness and silence of early breakfast.
(Linking to ABC Wednesday.)