Valentine's Day, also called St. Valentine's Day, day (February 14) when lovers express their affection with greetings and gifts. Although there were several Christian martyrs named Valentine, the day probably took its name from a priest who was martyred about ad 270 by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus." - Encyclopedia Britannica
Is your favourite cake and rich coffee cake topped with crunchy walnuts? Or perhaps a moist carrot cake with a delicious cream cheese filling? What does that really say about you and how can you send the perfect slice to someone else?
We all have that someone who is especially hard to buy for and actually these people are becoming less and less rare. Why? Because we all like to treat ourselves to things occasionally. So the things that you may have been hinting at for months, well you just bought! We've been having a look around for some great surprises. From the people who say, "no don't get me anything" to the people who you'd be in trouble for not getting something for but you haven't got a clue what to get!
Get ahead for Christmas by making your Christmas cake on "Stir up Sunday". It's the last Sunday before Advent and is the traditional start of the Christmas season celebrations. This year it falls on November 25th.
So October has arrived and I don’t know about you but you really notice the evenings are drawing in much quicker now. In fact, in a number of weeks we will be putting the clocks back an hour as daylight saving time takes effect (28th October). This period of the year can be of dread to some people, especially those that suffer from SAD (seasonal affected disorder). The longer nights meaning we hibernate into our homes (and burrows), the long summer evening memories fade quicker than the twilight that precedes the night.
The weather is definitely on the change, whilst cycling last weekend I noticed that the sides of the road and pavement had begun to accumulate brown leaves which have dropped like the temperature. The challenge of dressing as a cyclist is all to apparent as you end up wearing far too many layers and soon you find yourself with no pockets left to stuff that extra gilet that was such as good idea at 8am.But i was reminded that as hot as the summer has been, autumn is soon to follow with the home comforts, bronzed woodland hues and the off pumpkin or two ready to lift the spirit when the evenings start to draw in.