As it is night-time, I’m sure that by now, it is Valentine’s Day all over the world! I’m having a funny old V.Day this year, surrounded by it as my family are florists and own their own flower shop, which meant they were rushed off their feet today… I popped in later in the afternoon, and I must say, it was sweet watching a few men walk in and buy their partners a beautiful bouquet and knowing that some lovely ladies were going to get a sweet surprise when they arrived home…
I’m as anti the commercial nature of Valentine’s Day as the rest of us, I suffered through Christmas just a couple of months ago, seeing the $2 shops packed to the doors with cheap Christmas crap, and Valentine’s Day has snuck up on us, can you believe it is mid-Feb already? Despite all of my anti views, there is a side to Valentine’s Day I have to muse about here, and that is the sweetness of knowing that people are going to feel special when they receive a bunch of flowers from their partner who might not be able to show them affection at other times in the year. And I’ve been thinking about the people in a relationship which is struggling, where the partners are having a hard time loving each other, making time to remember what romance is about and sharing some much needed love….
What has turned Valentine’s Day and all other Days like it into what it is now? Commercialism? As the consumers we have the power to stop it…. Do we need to buy heart shaped crap that will end up in a landfill? Or will a pot plant or a baby tree to plant in the garden do the trick? I’m not really sure of the answers, but I will admit that I got my beloved KB a Valentine’s Day present because I heart her heaps, and although I try to show it every single day, it was fun to wrap up a little token of love and give it to her. Although we celebrated yesterday just to be a bit different.
As she was running low on her kereru face cream, I bought her another bottle… Kereru (named after a native NZ bird) is a fantabulous grass-roots company that makes oils, creams and candles, you can look at their website HERE which explains their company ethos and shows pictures of their farms and how they make their products. It’s a very small business and their products are only found in the real health shops, not the vitaminey-supplementy-pretend-health shops… I met the owners a few years ago when I lived a bit more of a hippy lifestyle and did arts and crafts markets, and fell in love with their products and attitudes… It sounds like I’m giving them a plug here, and I kind of am, but sadly they don’t sell their products outside of NZ and as most people who read my blog are not from NZ I’m really just showing off about this fabulous company that sells wonderful skin creams…. Sorry about that!
And as you can see, I knitted KB a hat. it’s a funny shaped hat, but she has been going on and on about how her ultimate hat would be long at the back, so I bought some lovely soft merino wool and gave it a bash! She loved it, but to be honest, I have the sneaking suspicion that she did not think it was her ultimate hat, but knew that if she said that, I would cry. So in my mind, it is the ultimate hat, and probably in her mind, she has yet another knitted hat that is not quite her ultimate hat.
She is tooooo sweet.
I finished my long mitts today! Joy! I haven’t taken any pictures of them yet, but here is a progress shot!
Oh, and a few of you asked how Raymond and his fleas were…. seems to be good! We have been giving him applications of Diatomaceous Earth powder daily, which he seems to really enjoy for some odd reason!
He looks like a pretty happy cat to me! And no fleas…
OK then lovelies, have yourselves a beautiful day or night,
Lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX