Archive | February 2019

St Valentine’s Day (14 Feb)

….its not quite as straightforward as you think:

It dates back to Victorian times, when people expressed their feelings with symbols (eg cards, flowers, gifts) instead of words.  For example, different blooms (and even the ‘number’ of blooms) have different meanings:

–  13 Red roses:  you have an admirer

–  6 Roses:  you need to be loved or cherished

–  2 intertwined Roses:  hint of a marriage proposal

–  1 Rose (any colour):  represents complete devotion

–  1 Rose (red):  symbolises love, romance, beauty and perfection!

 

It is often said, that plants and flowers start to grow on this day…….St Valentine comes on February 14th to bring keys to all the roots, meaning that nature starts to awaken!

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In the 1700’s, on the eve of Valentine’s Day,  single women used to sprinkle 5 bay leaves with rosewater and pin them to their pillow (ie one in the middle, and one in each corner).  They believed that the scent/ leaves would make them dream of their future husband.  Why not give it a try? :o)

 

Whatever you decide to do today, enjoy your ‘Day of Romance’!…..(and let the gardening begin!)

Candlemas Day (2 February)

Candlemas Day (also called Ground Hog Day) marks the midpoint of Winter, and is used to predict the weather for the rest of Winter:

If Candlemas day be fair and bright ,

Winter will have another fight. 

If Candlemas day brings cloud and rain 

Winter won’t come again.

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So:  if the sun comes out on 2nd February, it meant six more weeks of winter weather.

In 2019:  We had light rain….but the sun did come out!……Hope it means No More Winter Weather in Urmston!!!

Candlemas has been celebrated for hundreds of years and it was the custom for clergy to bless candles and distribute them to the people.  It was a festival of candles (ie a bright light, in the middle of a cold/dark winter, was placed in every window).

Any Christmas decorations not taken down by the Twelth Night (ie January 5th) should be left up until Candlemas Day (and then taken down).