So who was Saint Valentine?
And why have I never had a Valentine card except for ones made by the children at school when they were little?
Saint Valentine was a 4th century martyr, and little is known about him ......or them because it seems there might have been two ............ a Roman Physician and a Bishop in Italy.
The link between Valentines Day and romance dates to the 14th century and was probably due to it being the eve of Lupercalia, an ancient Roman festival of fertility. It was also the day the birds were thought to choose their mates.
It was the Victorians who started sending cards and for a time these became comic and rude and the tradition fell out of favour, gradually being revived through the early 20th century.
I've found one weather saying for the 14th
St Valentine Breaks the Back of Winter
So things can only get better from now onwards.
Although it still feels like Winter here and we've had some really cold winds whipping across the fields. I'm not going very far at all, need to shake off this sore throat, ear ache and general grotty-ness first.
Thank you to everyone for pancake comments..........We had pancakes..........they were good.