I had some girlfriends over for afternoon tea during the week. I decided to use my new melamine plates I had bought to go camping with. I think they looked gorgeous. The pastel colours as so soft and feminine. One of my friends said she could not believe I was going to use them to go camping. So after a bit of thought I have decided that I won't take my pretty plates camping. I will rummage through the cupboards to see what else I can find. They won't be as pretty but they will be practical.
Valentine's Day is named afterSaint Valentine, a Catholic priest
who lived in Rome in the 3rd Century. There are many stories about St Valentine
and over time these stories grew into the legend we know today. At the time of Valentine's life, many
Romans were converting to Christianity, but the Emperor Claudius II was a pagan
and created strict laws about what Christians were allowed to do. Claudius
believed that Roman soldiers should be completely devoted to Rome and therefore
passed a law preventing them from marrying. St Valentine began to marry these
soldiers in secret Christian ceremonies and this was the beginning of his
reputation for believing in the importance of love. Eventually Valentine was found out and
jailed for his crimes against Claudius. While imprisoned, Valentine cared for
his fellow prisoners and also his jailor's blind daughter. Legend has it that
Valentine cured the girl's blindness and that his final act before being
executed was to write her a love message signed ‘from your Valentine'.
Valentine was executed on 14 February in the year 270.