I had chosen the food based upon his favorite dishes, no heart shaped pink blancmange for us, but there would be gorgeous Chinese spiced braised pork using one of our favorite recipes by Bill Granger : (recipe found here), with trifle or tiramisu to follow, and homemade strawberry and rhubarb wine to drink.
I would fetch the small box of previously made valentines decor items from the loft,and add copiously to them from ideas found on my valentines pinterest board. Music would be chosen wisely, and a romantic evening in front of the fire cosied up would be perfect.
Ah but good intentions are a wonderful thing. Spending so much time recently decorating the bathroom meant no time or inclination left for crafting at the last minute, I had forgot to get the pork when shopping, and hubby was on call and couldn't even have a drink.
But it is just one day out of the year after-all.
We have spent the weekend together working on the cottage, walking in the sunshine, taste testing this past years demijons, and we even got around to having the pork for dinner yesterday.
So who is to say valentines must be celebrated on February 14th or never. Celebrate on the 15th, 16th, 24th or everyday in little ways.
(Above photo from a previous year)