I don’t know how you feel about Valentine’s Day. Personally, I am fond of this reason to celebrate the man I love. What I am not a fan of is the cheesy red hearts, gaudy red teddies stuck in unattractive mugs with hearts all over them which adorn the shelves of every major supermarket and gift shop at the moment. I like the subtler approach. Softer colours like greys and soft pink are so much more romantic to me.

What to actually do on the day itself… mmm. I am not usually a huge fan of the expected roses, dinner-and-a-move, cookie-cutter Valentines date. Besides, then you have to rush back to relieve the baby sitter, it sort of takes the fun out of it anyway. For those of you that feel the same, I have put together three things to do with your love on Valentines.

  • Go make something. I think dates where you actually do something together are most interesting. Check out the local papers or magazines for workshops and demos. Sometimes you will find couples cooking classes or a beading workshop. Don’t worry about the man in your life and his first impression. It is good for him to be pushed outside his comfort zone and I guarantee that he will end up loving it.
  • Go Explore. Why not jump into the car and head into the hills. You don’t have to drive far in South Africa from any point to find some fabulous hikes and trails to explore. Going somewhere new, especially somewhere you might not normally think to go, makes for an interesting afternoon.
  • Go picnicking. Wherever you are their will be either a park or gardens which are really lovely to visit. On the South Coast, other than the beaches, there is the wonderful Bellevue Park Gardens in Ramsgate. Here in Pietermaritzburg, Alan and I have visited the Royal Botanical Gardens. Why not pack a basket with some lovely decadent eats and treats and head out for a lazy afternoon under the trees. It doesn’t get more romantic than that.

Everyone’s definition of “cheesy” is different; Valentine’s doesn’t have to be the same old thing. I’d love to know what you have planned!