Valentines day, things to do, things to make, places to go

girl with jar of hearts

Goodness it’s February already. My January’s are always like lightning because we have toooooooo many birthdays in our family in January – including me! but now it’s February and maybe sometimes the first glimpses of spring are starting to show.  I’m fond of February. I was married in February – not because of the Valentines day association but because it was out of cricket season!  Most years I try to take a special valentine image with a heart in it somewhere. The image to the left is this years attempt. This is a fun technique to try but it does need a lot of patience to get right. Pretty much all you do is cut a heart shaped hole in some card and then put that over the lens then make sure the fairy lights are far enough away to be out of focus which makes the lovely out of focus heart shape lights. If you have an SLR or even a bridge type camera why not have a go.


What’s your favourite Valentines day story? This wikipedia link is an excellent resource but probably should be taken with a pinch of salt!

Do you have plans for the day itself? Maybe a wee midweek meal out or just sharing some wine and chocolates and finding something good to watch.

If you fancy a night out the Albany in Greenock has a lovely sounding menu, the Inverkip hotel is also having a special Valentines day lunch and dinner and the Chartroom are extending their Valentine’s day special to the weekend! We really are spoiled for choice in Inverclyde


If you’re planning on staying in ( I will be – Mr Angel is working!) why not make your own chocolate truffles. They are so easy!!!  Just heat up a pot of double cream (300ml), don’t let it boil, with a knob of butter then add to a bowl of dark chocolate about 2 big bars (200 – 300g) let the chocolate melt into the cream stir it together then chill. When the mixture is cold, start making balls by spooning the mixture out and then rolling it around in your hands (this is very messy and sticky but fun if you’ve got the children involved too!) chill the balls for a bit while you decide what toppings to use. I like white chocolate but you could be totally decadent and have more dark chocolate or just roll the balls in cocoa or chopped nuts.  Sorry about the dreadful phone pic but they were yummy 🙂

girl looking down at a string of crochet hearts

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