Happy Valentine's Day!...A special day for many throughout the world...How are we celebrating this year?


A pretty pink rose with Happy Valentine's Day wishes for all of our readers both today and tomorrow, depending on which side of the International Dateline you're residing.
As the years of world travel literally fly by, the special occasions and holiday become less important to us.  Instead, we focus on the exquisite joys of daily life, simple in their execution and complex in the layers they represent in our world journey.

View from the car while driving on Highway A6 in the Huon Valley.
Valentine's Day is another of those special occasions that we've gradually lost interest in celebrating with gifts, flowers or lavishly prepared meals.  Tonight, we're have delicious leftovers which is quite fine with us.

In our old lives, it was an entirely different scenario.  Tom would always come home from work with a big bouquet of flowers, an embellished greeting card with handwritten loving words contained therein. 

Apples ripening ready for the picking.
I'd bake a heart shaped cake (yes, I had two heart shaped baking pans), decorated with a loving touch (no, I wasn't the best at decorating cakes) along with the special dinner, a beautifully wrapped gift and of course, a card.

Church in a small town.
Around this "holiday" and others (seemingly perpetrated by Hallmark) lie a certain number of expectations.  Easily, these type of celebrations may result in a degree of disappointment and heartbreak if one or the other of a couple doesn't hold up their end of the deal. 

Huumm...another vehicle atop a roof of a fuel station.  Must be a trend here in the Huon Valley.
We're way beyond setting ourselves up for such potential disappointment.  Besides, in many parts of the world, particularly less developed countries where we've spent considerable periods of time, its simply not possible to shop for such items when Valentine's Day isn't celebrated worldwide.

Splendid scenery.
As in this statement from The History Channel at: (click the link for the origins of Valentine's Day:

"Typical Valentine’s Day Greetings    
In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century.

By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology.

Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings."

An unusual fishing boat.
As it turns out,  Valentine's Day, my birthday (February 20th) and our wedding anniversary (March 7th) fall within a three week period.  Were we to make a fuss over each of these occasions, we'd be in a predicament. 

This fuzzy fruit left us curious.  What could it be?  Shaped like a pear, fuzzy like a peach.  Any suggestions?
A warm embrace, a kiss and a loving smile is all either of us needs or wants on these otherwise celebratory occasions.  Besides, neither of us has any room in our luggage for any superfluous items.  We strive to keep it "light" in every way possible.

We took this photo through the water marked window to the end of the dock to find this Black Faced Cormorant.  She/he stayed at the end of the dock for a few hours in the rain.
By no means does this diminish our love and devotion to one another which we revel in each and every day.  How many couples spend 24 hours a day, seven days a week in each other's company and still adore each other after almost 52 months of traveling the world (and together, almost 26 years)?  We're blessed.  We're grateful.

However you celebrate Valentine's Day, or not, have a loving, fulfilling and meaningful day!
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Photo from one year ago today, February 14, 2016:
Love comes in many forms.  This year ago photo was posted on Valentine's Day in 2016.  For the birth of a new little cria, please click here for the story.


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