Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day Sweeties! If you’re a singleton hope you bought yourself some flowers…or at least a yummy big bar of chocolate. And if you’re in a special relationship hope your beloved has made you feel special…and that you’ve done the same for him/her.

One of my favourite novelists is Anne Tyler. Her writing is elusive and true and when it comes to matters of the heart she navigates closeness and distance, yearnings, bafflement and tenderness like a master mariner. I want to include a quote from her book ‘Ladder of Years’ in this blog because it celebrates the rich mysteries of the prosaic…it is certainly not the stuff of twenty red roses, champagne and fine dining.

‘She saw herself riding in the passenger seat, Sam behind the wheel. Like two of those little peg people in a toy car. Husband peg, wife peg, side by side. Facing the road and not looking at each other; for why would they need to, really, having gone beyond the visible surface long ago. No hope of admiring gazes anymore, no chance of unremitting adoration. Nothing left to show but their plain, true, homely, interior selves, which were actually much richer anyhow.”
— Anne Tyler (‘Ladder of Years’)

Lots of love and sparkles,


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