Happy Valentine's Day!
So, how many red envelopes dropped through the letter-box this morning? Any chocolates waiting patiently on the breakfast table? Did a huge bunch of flowers appear on the door-step?
Worry not if you can't answer a hearty "YES" to any of the above..... there's still time to surprise your loved one with the delicious Valentine's menu at the Oakeley Arms. Click here for a sneaky peek......
and in the meantime, you can impress and awe your valentine with some of these fascinating Valentine's Day facts....
- It's thought that there was more than one St Valentine (14 of them in fact) - all of them were martyred saints in Ancient Rome; but not very much is known about the Saint whose feast is celebrated on the 14th February, other than that he was buried in Rome.
- Valentine's Day was first linked to romantic love by the poet Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century.
- But it wasn't until the 19th century that the tradition of sending Valentine's cards really took off. In Victorian times, the cards were surprisingly racy!
- It is an ancient tradition that a young girl should marry the first eligible man she sees on Valentine's Day... be careful who you bump into ladies!
- Don't forget your pampered pooch or spoilt moggy - about 3% of pet owners will send their pet a card or present on Valentine's day. Woof
- Encountering different birds on Valentine's Day can apparently predict your future... spot a goldfinch and you'll marry a millionaire; spot a robin and you'll marry a crime-fighter, and spot a dove and your marriage is sure to be a happy one. Dust off those binoculars girls!
- To be awoken with a kiss on Valentine's Day is considered to be extremely fortuitous. Pucker up!
- In a recent survey, the wild and rugged Welsh coastline was voted as one of the most romantic locations in the country, so why not surprise your loved one with a trip to the beach, and you'll have to snuggle close together to stay warm.
Whatever you get up to, we'd like to wish all our customer and friends a very happy Valentine's Day, from all of us at the Oakeley Arms!