In a series of pre-Valentine’s Day conversations with some male friends of mine, that came up on a whim, I came to the realization that I urgently had to put this article together due to the fact that a large percentage of these gents had no clue it was Valentine’s Day weekend! Talk about being clueless. Well it happens, what can I say? I am here to save their relationship!
Valentine’s Eve Blues
Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday, the quiet day in the city, some of you lovebirds will be honouring your love on a night out on the city this Saturday night. If this is your approach, then The Booth Hall’s launch of the Hereford Blue’s Club should be right up your street. We must not forget the UN-Valentiner’s who want to carry on happily without sparing a thought for the day that belongs to lovers.
The Ancient Tradition of Love and Seduction
Fill the Bath with fizzy bath bombs from Papaya, create ambiance by lighting candles and putting on some Duke Ellington or Billy Holiday, bring a bottle of wine and let the romance bubble over.
Then when you are nicely relaxed and squeaky clean, head for the bedroom where you have your Valentine Day gifts waiting for you.
The Kamasutra is not only a guide to sex positions, its main purpose is to dive deeper into the meaning of how one interprets and feels love in their day to day lives, with the sexual positions partnering alongside ones emotion to create a heightened experience. It’s tasteful and profound.
You should be able to locate this book or other books on the subject in local book shops around the city.
Poetry and Love Letters
PJ Harvey reminds us in her song The Letter, how much the simple act of putting a pen to paper and expressing your affections for someone can induce euphoric, sensual feelings that express unceasing loyalty for the one you love.
Make the experience even more memorable by writing a beautiful letter or poem and putting it into an antique box, where the apple of your eye can keep these letters tucked away for a lifetime, only to return to the collection (hopefully) over the years. Magical.
Valentine’s Day Dining…Viva La Romance
For those of you who do wish to hit the city on Sunday for a token outing, I recommend Gilbie’s Bar and Bistro on St. Peters Street off of Commercial Road. A longstanding bistro loved by many over the years, this place oozes romantic ambiance with its candle lit tables. There is a bit of mystery to the place as well, it is off the beaten track but still in the city centre. One must search for the little walk way that to leads to this little destination hidden by walls that open up to outdoor seating, and a cozy little nook that specializes in tapas, old world wines and premium cocktails.
Gilbie’s will be serving their usual Sunday Roast but also have a Valentine’s Day Special that consists of 3 tapas and a bottle of quality Prosecco for £20. Deal! They are open from 11-5 tomorrow. Consider making a reservation so the lady/male you are courting isn’t disappointed.
Perhaps you have decided at the last minute you want to propose to your partner, and nerves have kept you from getting it together, so of course, I am here to help.
Maybe you would like to ask the girl/guy you have been dating for a long term relationship. Take them for a romantic walk along one of Hereford’s beautiful bridges, the most perfect places to be in Hereford. Cozy up, look into their eyes and say your piece.
Let your partner know you have been listening to their rants about their personal interests by buying them something related, even better, perhaps a vintage golf club for the golf lover. Or buy her a beautiful vintage piece that can become a family heirloom, or a classic pearl necklace a la Audrey Hepburn. If you give yourself enough time, run to the Hereford Antique Centre or Lizzie May Vintage on Widemarsh Street.
Your Own Compilation of Love Songs
This is my personal favourite. Nothing says devotion more to me then having someone put together a play list of songs saying they care, and think of me romantically when they hear those songs…sigh…so romantic.