...on a boat, on a budget or perhaps on the
First things first - the history of
Valentine's Day, also calledSaint
Valentine's Dayor theFeast
of Saint Valentine,is an annualholidaycelebrated
on February 14. It originated as aWesternChristianliturgicalfeast
day honoring one or more earlysaintsnamedValentinus, and is
recognized as a significant cultural and commercial
celebration in many regions around the world, although it is
holidayin any country.
associated with the various Valentines that were connected
to February 14 were added to latermartyrologies,including
of Saint Valentine ofRomewhich
indicated he was imprisoned for performing weddings for
soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to
Christians, who werepersecuted under the Roman Empire.According tolegend, during his
imprisonment, Saint Valentine healed the daughter of his
before his execution, he wrote her a letter signed "Your
Valentine" as a farewell.
The day first became associated withromantic lovewithin
the circle ofGeoffrey Chaucerin
the 14th century, when the tradition ofcourtly loveflourished.
In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in
their love for each other by presenting flowers, offeringconfectionery, and sendinggreeting cards(known
as "valentines"). In Europe,Saint Valentine's Keysare
given to lovers "as a romantic symbol and an invitation to
unlock the giver’s heart", as well as to children, in order
to ward offepilepsy(called
Saint Valentine's Malady).
Right, we've got that out of the way, but
just in case you woke up late, or simply forgot about
valentine's day, join the Eastern Orthodox Church as parts
of it celebrate it on July 6th and 30th July.
Right, so we all know that we're supposed to
dash out, buy cards, chocolates, flowers, new alternator
(sorry that was on my wish list) etc etc... instead go
for some of these more economical boat made
solutions... my personal favorite is #1.
Ever wondered what to do with the last bit
of Sikaflex at the end of the tube? Wonder no
more. Get an old (or even new) beanie hat and place
blobs of Sikaflex onto it in the shape of a heart....
Next time you're on the beach pick up a
couple of rocks, and simply draw a heart on them - leave
them around the boat and say that they're paper-weights or
something else ingenious!
For those wanting to give a personalized
gift, but lacking either the will, imagination, funds or
social skills - try this. However, these little
pouches could be filled with anything, from screws to
o-rings, instead of just sweets... the possibilities
Well, that's Valentine's sorted, next up
will be Easter.... watch this space.
CAKES AND SWEETS RECIPE IDEAS FOR THOSE NOT WANTING TO SLEEP
IN THE COCKPIT