Saturday, 14 February 2015

Hearts and Flowers

I have no truck with St. Valentine's Day, as the woman who wanted to sell us a bunch of flowers today found out. She tried her best; starting with a dozen red roses, progressing through sprays of carnations, posies of narcissi and finally a single wilting rose, she thrust her offerings at our lunch table trying to shame my husband into coughing up for floral display.  I hate this exploitative hard sell that makes people buy overpriced goods because of the date.  She took a long time to give up but eventually wheeled away her trolley of fading blooms, leaving us a single rose petal as a symbol of her defeat and our refusal to act like sheep.

But to prove that I have not completely descended into grumpy-old-womanism, here are a few snaps of today's hearts and flowers in Bodrum for you romantics out there. .








18 comments:

  1. if this was not a family site I'd leave a few expletive deleteds on everything from this to Father's/Mother's/xmas/birthday/anniversary/ you name it! J and I have had no problem just being spontaneous when it suited us rather than the crappy-tatty market. I really do not like sheeple - does that make me a grumpy old sod? Have a nice day :-D

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  2. I'm such a hypocrite. I've made lots o wooden decorated hearts to sell... but we never do anything special for the day ourselves. Rather like the archway though! Axxx

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    1. You are forgiven because your hearts are so tasteful

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  3. The day completely passes us by. I agree wholeheartedly with you...and with Alan about being spontaneous whenever one feels the mood. In any case February is a lean month as far as money is concerned...we'd rather spend what we have on the dogs x

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    1. YOu wouldn't be able to ignore it if you lived in Bodrum.

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  4. B to B, Yes, we feel the same way, but yesterday, we got such sweet comments from our Turkish friends we see on our morning walk, that they completely disarmed us. The simit guy gave us a free açma for sevgili günü and then our friends at the Heirloom Cafe gave us heart-shaped cookies and tea. The capitalists have very successfully cornered the market on our every emotion, but in the face of people's genuine affection, it's hard to be too grumpy.

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    1. I'm sure you two love birds inspire everyone.

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  5. You are not alone. Yesterday we voted unanimously to rechristen Valentine's Day - it is now called "Family Day" in our household, and was spent being incredibly silly, all together, and ended with a family viewing of "Madagascar" all crammed onto the sofa. Seeing all those traffic jams of cars with couples on their way to fill tables at restaurants and buy overpriced roses had us grinning our heads off.

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  6. I'm rather glad Liam got me a card and some delicious treats from Hotel Chocolat. We hit the pub afterwards but then it doesn't have to be a 'special' day for that!

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    1. I might have guessed that you two don't need an excuse to get lovey-dovey.

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  7. I detest this commercial nonsense....it degrades the real emotion.

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  8. We have no truck with it either. DH said yesterday that for him every day is Valentine's Day and not a card or rose in sight. :)

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  9. I have to admit that I found it quite sweet that some young friends of ours chose today to get married.
    For us though, it was a regular market day.

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  10. Turn it into a wedding anniversary you'll never forget.

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