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Valentine’s Day is right here!!

I was given a jolt the other day when I found that my wife, who is usually totally disorganized, had purchased and secreted away a Valentine’s Day card for me. Those of you that read this blog regularly know that she’s very much a last minute kind of girl and one year was searching Platres, the Cypriot mountain village, on the actual day, for a card and gift. Having said that it was one of the more memorable Valentine’s Days with me convinced she’d find nothing and instead I got a fabulous and huge card with words like they were written for us and a naff but forever memorable pink stuffed rabbit on a spring that croaked ‘I love you, I love you’ with every slight movement! Now this year it’s my turn to be disorganised as I’ve yet to order flowers or a card. Still, she’s currently in the UK visiting her mother so I’ve got plenty of time to get things done. If you’re not so lucky in having your partner go away at the time you need to get things organised then don’t panic. All you need is a laptop and a credit card and you’re away without him or her even noticing. This is what you do…
Send yourself a secure email with your card details but not the security code, you’ll have to remember that one. Then whilst checking the computer for football scores or the latest soaps, quickly read the email whilst logged on to www.cosmeagardens.com. Choose a fabulous bouquet from their marvellous selection and enter the card details from your email. Perhaps throw the odd comment across to your partner such as ‘city have just gone ahead, I can’t believe it!’ or ‘I knew that would happen, Josie’s going out with that Darren that had an affair with her mother’ and they won’t suspect a thing!
What’s even better now you (and I) have left it so late is that Cosmea Gardens are rewarding us laggards by offering an online discount – can you believe it, we think we’ve messed up and still we get the best deal. It’s certainly not like my Christmas shopping where by leaving it all last minute I buy the very first thing I see, no matter what the cost, because the countdown to Christmas is ticking away and I’ll never get it all done. Psst, don’t forget to use coupon “verylastminute” to save 10% on a minimum of 50Eur purchase.
The card is the next detail and if you haven’t organised it, you can still take the lazy way out by using one of the online card designers who will send a personalised card to your beloved with just a few details and for even fewer euros. What could be simpler? Now I’m wondering whether it’s possible to do the same with dinner for the big night too, meals on wheels – OK, maybe not a pizza or take away delivery, but a sumptuous three course meal with champagne? Come on Google… D.E.L.I.V.E.R.Y.O.F.V.A.L.E.N.T.I.N.E.S.D.I.N.N.E.R
Ah, no luck this year but maybe next year with you internet entrepreneurs?

Valentine’s Day is around the corner!

Spring is (almost) sprung and a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love. So said Tennyson and whilst spring is perhaps a little way away from most of Europe, in Cyprus already the spring flowers are out and people are coming out of their homes to enjoy the spring sunshine.
It’s time too that young men (and young women!) should be turning their thoughts to love and especially the love of their life.
This year Valentine’s Day is very special for it falls in a leap year and that means that ladies, you can take matters into your own hands and pop the question rather than wait for dilatory boyfriends to get to the point.
2012 should see an increase in the number of proposals on Valentine’s Day, repeating a pattern that has been seen in leap years in the last decade.  So guys, if you don’t want to be beaten to it, what should the plan be for Valentine’s Day? My tips for success are to have the card on the mantelpiece or on the bedside table so she gets it when she wakes up or gets up. That’s really important because it shows straight away that you haven’t forgotten the day. Next, get flowers delivered to her place of work. From what I understand that fulfils two purposes in the mind of a woman; the obvious in that it tells her that you love her but also enables her to have bragging rights over her colleagues but, and this is the important bit; the bouquet needs to be bigger than those received by her colleagues! You need to carefully consider your Cyprus’ florist – are red roses too common as well as too overpriced and what should be the alternative? It’s a good idea to be different but then will red carnations look cheap?
Try other little things for her like hiding little notes or gifts in her bag. Women’s handbags are so cavernous these days that avoiding her finding it too quickly (if at all!) shouldn’t be too hard and if she misses it on the day, there’s a good chance she’ll find it at some later date and so you’ll still get the appreciative response.
In the evening there’s the obligatory meal out usually exceedingly expensive because all the restaurants know it’s one of their biggest nights of the year. You will have had to book early or it could be a less than romantic take away. That said, if the weather’s nice enough, (OK maybe in Cyprus!) there’s a sort of shabby chic to getting fish and chips and sitting on a park bench somewhere underneath the stars with champagne to up the tone and maybe a romantic gypsy band to serenade her – as long as you haven’t kept it totally a surprise and she’s sat there freezing in a strappy dress she thought would be ideal for the restaurant of that TV chef!
Then, if it’s the big one, what about the ring? Do you choose it and hope she likes it, or do you pop the question with a paper ring with ‘IOU one engagement ring’ on it? The trick is, keep the moments light, avoid intensity, prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Happy Valentine’s Day!