Love Actually...Is All Around (Happy Valentine's Day!)


I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine's Day this weekend whether you were celebrating with your partner, friends or even just taking the opportunity to show yourself a little t.l.c. While I don't like to buy into the commercial hype around the day too much I do think it's nice to show a little extra love and affection to the ones you love. We shouldn't need a special day just to show that we care so I'm always a bit wary of those who seem to go all out for Valentine's Day with over the top presents and gestures and the shops really take it too far with the amount of rubbish they put on sale this time of year, seriously, how many teddies and heart-shaped crockery do they think we need?! I think a thoughtful card with some romantic words really is enough, although I am partial to receiving flowers too! To me, Valentine's Day is about spending quality time with who you love and doing something you enjoy together whether it's a stroll around a park, breakfast in bed, cuddling up watching movies or going for a meal, it's fun to take a break from the usual weekend routine of shopping and housework and do something romantic. 


This year's Valentine's Day marks 7 years since Harry and I first got together in 2008. We'd actually been seeing each other for a couple of months beforehand but it was at a Valentine's Day party that we made our first appearance as a 'couple' and so just a few days later we agreed that yes, we were in a relationship. Since then we've typically merged Valentine's and Anniversary celebrations into one and over the years we've cooked romantic meals, gone out for dinner and a movie, sent cards in the post while I was away at university, and even been bowling. This time around we decided on taking a scenic drive through London for a picnic in Richmond Park followed by a trip to Westfield Stratford on the way home for a spot of shopping and a meal at The Real Greek because I've wanted to go there for ages! I spent ages picking out the right card for Harry, I didn't like any in the supermarket so I had a look on NotOnTheHighSteet.Com and chose this one from The Literary Emporium. I've ordered from this seller before and I love all of their booked themed gifts, it's well worth checking out if you have an bibliophile friends! The card I chose has 'You are my sun, my moon and all of my stars' written in a gold script on a dark blue background and is a quote from my favourite poet, E.E Cummings. I also liked it because it's similar to what Daenerys and Drogo say to each other in Game of Thrones which is a reference I knew Harry would get! He treated me to a beautiful bunch of flowers, an extra single red rose (which I put in our bedroom in a milk jug vase) and a Boofle themed card with a cute polaroid style design. 


Our day didn't go completely as planned mainly due to the weather. It wasn't forecast to rain but of course it did meaning our picnic was rained off and we had to eat it in the car. It was still delicious though complete with brie, goats cheese and crackers, strawberries and grapes that I painstakingly cut into hearts, cookies and homemade baked doughnuts and finished off with mixed berry fizz. We did drive a few laps of the park in the car but we weren't motivated enough to step out into the cold and rain unfortunately. Instead we drove back through Chelsea and down the Embankment and arrived at Westfield a bit earlier than planned. At The Real Greek, which is out on 'The Street' at Westfield, we chose to sit in the enclosed terrace and ordered the set menu. The meal was compiled of flatbread, tzatziki, and a hot butter bean and tomato ragu for starters, and chicken skewers, lamb kefte, greek salad, spinach leek and feta filo parcels, and chips for our main. The service was ridiculously quick and the atmosphere was nice with a red rose on each table. The food was really really good, and although the portions looked small it was actually very filling. For dessert we popped over to Marks and Spencer to pick up a chocolate cake and double cream to take home where we lit candles and devoured our desserts with a glass of fruity Pimms. 




While it's super cheesy I do think it's sweet to see so many people out celebrating Valentine's Day. In Richmond park we saw tons of couples and families out for a romantic stroll and at Westfield there were lots of women and little girls carrying fresh bouquets of flowers. With so much doom and gloom in the world at the moment I think a day like this just goes to show that there is still a huge amount of happiness and love around us... and I'm going to stop there before I start accidentally quoting Hugh Grant at the end of Love Actually! So there we have it, just a little more pink and red for your blog feed before we can finally start heading into Spring.



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