Sometimes men aren’t the most romantic creatures, not helped of course by unrealistically raised expectations from those of us who read romantic novels or watch slushy films. So I took matters into my own hands and bought myself a beautiful orchid on behalf of Bruce. This made both of us happy. It may not be the traditional way of celebrating Valentine’s Day but it works for us. Love you hun, and thank you for the gifts you give me every day of love, patience, support and delicious cooking! xxx



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  1. Mildly surprised that you think ‘slushy’ films are the province solely of women.Elvira Madigan is one of the finest films I have ever seen, I like all of John Hughes’s films, and just last night I watched Twilight for the nth time.


    1. I didn’t actually specifically say just women. It’s my experience that I like the romantic films and my partner doesn’t. I’ve not heard of Elvira Madigan – I’ll look it up.


      1. When I saw this at university, the ending completely floored me. I couldn’t move such was the sadness I felt. My girlfriend decamped to the bar and said, ‘I’ll see you there when you’ve pulled yourself together.’


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