Valentine’s Day is
just around the corner and love is in the air here at Florence and Amelia’s! We’ve been hard at work decorating our windows, centred
around a vintage typewriter and the famous poem “I carry your heart” by E. E Cummings (one of our favourites!) We’ve
used red and pink flowers hanging from rustic branches and a scattering of rose
petals creating a subtle yet warming valentines display.
One of our favourite gifts in store for Valentines are the handmade candles from a local artisan, Black Sheep Candles. With scents such as Pink Champagne and Pomelo, Raspberries and Peppercorn and a yummy Warm Vanilla, all beautifully decorated in red ribbons and roses, they’re the perfect romantic gift for a loved one.
Did you know the real history of Valentine’s Day is not comprised of roses, chocolates and gifts? Instead, crime, imprisonment and execution are at the genesis of this modern day love fest, dating back to the man whose martyrdom inspired the holiday. In the 3rd century Roman King Claudius II made the unpopular decision to ban marriage among young people believing that unmarried soldiers fought better than married ones. There is where Valentine comes in, the priest believed marriage to be a god-giving sacrament and began officiating marriages in secret. Valentine was eventually found out and imprisoned. The priest was eventually beheaded and then named a martyr for his Christian beliefs for giving his life to perform the sacrament of marriage. Every year on the 14th February we spread love and peace in his honour.
Wishing you a fun and loving Valentines Day!