Valentine's Day

...on a boat, on a budget or perhaps on the off chance!

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First things first - the history of Valentine's Day:

Valentine's Day, also called Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is an annual holiday celebrated on February 14. It originated as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honoring one or more early saints named Valentinus, and is recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.

Several martyrdom stories associated with the various Valentines that were connected to February 14 were added to later martyrologies, including a popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome which indicated he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, Saint Valentine healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius, and before his execution, he wrote her a letter signed "Your Valentine" as a farewell.

The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). In Europe, Saint Valentine's Keys are 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 off epilepsy (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.

What to get your valentine

...if you want to end up sleeping in the cockpit - otherwise take a look below for some great sweet ideas.

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.


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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....  Brilliant!


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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!


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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 are endless.

Well, that's Valentine's sorted, next up will be Easter.... watch this space.



Baileys Irish Cheese Cake

Oh boy, if you are in someone's bad books, make this and all will be forgiven.

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Irish Fudge

Remember to leave some for the intended recipient!

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Butterscotch Chews
something to get your teeth into.

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or...the savory solution...

Quick and easy Valentine pizza.

If you can turn on the cooker, you can make this.

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1. Buy pizza of choice.
2. Cut pizza into shape of heart.

3. Cook pizza, serve and all will be forgiven.........  (don't burn pizza)

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