February 14th

February 14th. St Valentine’s Day. But who was St Valentine and why do we celebrate it as a lovers’ day with red hearts, roses and sloppy cards?

St Valentine was a Catholic saint, or according to some sources one of two or three, all martyred, one of whom is said to have sent a letter to his loved one (his jailor’s daughter) from his Roman prison and signed it from your Valentine.

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Talking point

May used to be a good month with a number of holiday weekends to take advantage of sun and warmth. But the last few years have seen a change, and this year May was wet, windy and decidedly chilly, ensuring blossom and spring flowers were over before we had time to appreciate them. Now over a week into June, less than two from midsummer, and the weather remains changeable.

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