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Valentines day
Fri 12-Feb-10
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mutley
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Valentines day never got anything ever as its was not my cup of tea, BUT saying that, my mother brought jade a bottle of wine to give to me for valentines day, So now i thinking this should be at least every month as we should not lose our Traditions it not about the wine ...Whistle

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Not my cup of tea either but not averse to some little home-made gifts from time to time to show appreciation - now that is a tradition worth starting.Cheers Enjoy your wine Mutley

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Little thoughtful gifts can be at any time of the year and probably mean more because they are not contrived.  

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Quite agree Danast - let's have the spirit of Valentine's throughout the year without the crass commercialisationCheers

Fri 12-Feb-10
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I often wonder how Valentine's Day got started. Was it a Hallmark (cards) invention?

Nowadays it has become like Christmas - just too commercial.

Giving when you feel like it, when something special warrants it, or maybe something small but well thought out on the big holidays - I like that.

But being forced to mark a commercial occasion like Vally Day or even Christmas with expensive presents just makes me really angry. But most people expect that.

Non-conformity 'r us.

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But I just know that you will be doing something very meaningful for your Fiona on Sunday.  She so needs  a wee something to make her feel good.  And you Danny are just the man to do it.  Doesn't have to be big, you know that.  

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I hope so, Danuta.

Some time off together and a drive to the coast might normally be a tonic, but I don't know if her stamina would last, and that could spoil it. I am not a "things" person and she is. Maybe a very special garden item that she would never buy for herself because she would consider it to be a totally outlandish and wasteful frippery.

Must try B&Q or Homebase tomorrow (Sat) Cheers  Laugh

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Partner away for weekend.Frown But he left card and chocolates.SmileSmile

Now I have to make card and chocolates before he gets back tomorrow...

Somewhere in yesterday's Guardian someone wrote that Valentine's day can't be blamed on the 20th century, or the Victorians, and suggested that Pepys Feb. 14 diary entries show it goes back a long way. I remember it in elementary school as an excuse for a party. We all made big envelopes with our name on, hung them on the wall around the classroom, and put Valentines in each other's envelopes. Then on the afternoon of the 14th we opened the envelopes, and had juice and cookies, or maybe candy hearts.

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We celebrated with an outlawed second Bloody Mary with brunch, then back to bed with the newspapers to snooze happily.

Perfect! Smooch

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Have not had a bloodymary for a long time sound nice do you put a little black pepper in your also a small pinch of salt too.

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Yes indeed, Mutley.  A little black pepper and a good pinch of celery salt, along with a dash of Worcestershire sauce. I only ever enjoy it at lunchtime. Not something I would normally ask for in the evening or in a bar.

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Traditionally February 14th is the birds' wedding day- the day they choose who they will nest with- not sure if that tradition came before human Valentine on the 14th started or after, but certainly it was around in Medieval times.

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Dan and I usually don't go out to dinner on Valentine's day since the crowds make me nuts. We both try to make a effort to do little things for each other all year long. I resent being forced into a one day "love-fest" since thats most people think everyone is supposed to do.

I was curious after Danny asked if Halmark started Valentine's day, so I thought I'd check good old Wikipedia, and you know what? I'm still not really clear how it started.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Valentine

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What about this entry?

http://www.pictureframes.co.uk/Saint-Valentine.aspx

Read 'St. Valentine's story' - it's a nice thought!

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Valentinus was martyred for performing christian weddings on the sly in Rome I believe, and I think celebration in his honour may have been mentioned by Chaucer. Though I am happy to be corrected on that if I'm wrong.

Very romantically I was presented with a ring by my beloved on sunday. Admittedly it was a ring that I already owned, the engagement ring my father gave my mother and that at some point had to be cut off her finger becuase it had become too tight. He had taken it to have that cut repaired and it was a lovely surprise, as now I can wear it every day without fear of catching it and breaking it. There has been talk of getting it re-sized to fit my left third finger, but not as far as I'm aware in any promisory capacity.

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