>I do keep trying! I’ve had a browser tab open here at ‘new post’ for ages but simply hadn’t got around to it (what is a ’round tuit’ I wonder?). So here’s a catchy-uppy post inspired by yesterday, which was a gloriously lovely day.
and I have always been the soppiest, most optimistic kind of romantics. We happily lavish upon each other with fuss and gifts, both equally excitable and delighted whether giver or recipient! She bought Rachel
and I pants (by which, for my American readers, I mean underwear rather than trousers); mine were splendid chappy type Calvin Cleins (my favourite types
in different colours) and hers classy but lacy black numbers. Lu also brought home a super make-at-home Indian meal (which I cooked) for us to enjoy, as it’s probably Rachel’s most favourite food and makes her dance a happy jig.
Rachel is always the most romantic when you least expect it, such as secretly making this smashing model picture of the three of us for her Lupercalia (our version of Valentine’s) gift.
Or in her usually beautiful, quiet and unassuming ways that many would take for granted but I adore. Such as always setting my duvet just right on the bed when she retires, so it’s ready for me, or magically making my clothes from yesterday appear clean and folded on my dresser today (every day).
I remember a time years ago when I took Rachel as a surprise to Chatsworth grounds; we lay on a blanket by the river and feasted on fresh strawberries. Later she confessed she wasn’t very keen on strawberries, but the thought was lovely! Then there was the time she finally confessed that as grateful as she was, could I no longer put Turkish Delight (a type of candy) in her Yule stocking as she didn’t really care for it. She explained that the only reason she’d taken the ‘Turkish Delight’ from the proffered chocolate box several years earlier was so that I didn’t have to eat it as she knew I didn’t really like them! Those are the moments of Rachel-romance that mean so much if you knew her.
So, yesterday morning I got up and went on the daily dog walk with Rachel. My gifts to her are usually my time and company in a way that I know she will really enjoy, as I’m often so busy day to day that we don’t get enough special time together, other than Monday-night-cinema-date-night or Thursday meander around the market morning. Pics from the walk follow.
Bright blue skies belied the chill in the air, but it was crisp, brisk and refreshing. We shared the sunshine promise of Spring to come.
Super shapes in the trees, then my beautiful long haired German Shepherd dog Bear, tongue lolling from running around having a wonderful time.
After the dog walk I took great pleasure in stealing Rachel away from her writing for a couple of hours prior to the ‘writing group’ she attends on Monday afternoons. I stole her away to the Northern Tea Merchants
on Chatsworth Road as we love it there. Perfectly, quintessentially English with so many varieties of tea (and coffee) it smells divine. We had a truly delightful hour or so of scrumptious food (lovely and healthy too) and super crockery, after which I went home and she to her writers.
Note to self; must take mummy there when she next visits.
In the evening we all ravenously fell upon the delicious Indian Lu provided and I’d cooked, enjoying each other’s company for our Lupercalia dinner. I was meant to be taking Rachel to the cinema. Lu had opted to stay home and rest as having worked the day she was exhausted as of course she’s still recovering really. However when we arrived our film of choice was (very unusually for Chesterfield on a Monday evening) completely booked out! So we came home, I made popcorn for me and fetched ice cream for Rachel, whilst we snuggled on the sofa and watched a funny film called Due Date together. Lu slept through it, naturally 😉
Altogether my kind of Valentine’s day celebrations. I am incredibly lucky to have both Rachel and Luisa in my life and it’s at times like this even more than usual, I know it.
Love you both, wyves xxx