“Love Stinks” seems like the appropriate soundtrack to the legendary events of February 14th about 1,000 years ago. It turns out that tragedy had a hand in originating the now fluffed, candied, hearts and flowers holiday of today.
Claudius II, emperor of Rome during 270 AD was inclined to believe that marriage made men weak and that “love” was a distraction to the ultimate goal — fighting and winning wars. We don’t know if there was a personal reason for this opinion or whether or not he himself had an awful or distracting experience with love, but, being the Roman Emperor, he had the power to completely ban marriage and he did.
Some things in life, however, cannot be stopped by laws, opinions, bans, persecution or even the threat of death.
St. Valentine became the Ambassador Of Love and began secretly performing marriage ceremonies for couples desperately in love. He was arrested once he was found out (did a disillusioned bride or groom tattle on him?) and imprisoned.
There are a few legendary tales describing the happenings thereafter, but the gist of the story is that St. Valentine wrote a note to a girl that had fallen in love with him during his time behind bars. He wrote it right before he was killed. He signed it “From your Valentine”.
Good news is that Mr. Valentine has not been forgotten. Not by a long shot. His sacrifice for love has been celebrated and has grown in popularity and significance over time.
At this point in time, those who choose not to celebrate it or who choose to ignore it or (*GASP*) forget about it are the persecuted ones and seem to be eligible for their own kind of imprisonment.
That being said, we are still enjoying creating new versions of hearts and flowers in celebration of Valentine’s Day – see below 🙂
We were so happy in the office to receive these kind words from one of our valued customers – we were so excited that we may be oversharing 🙂
Hi Creekside Farms,
I want you to know how much I love your quality products. I purchased the pepperberry and eucalyptus wreath and garlands. When I received my package the items were fresh and fragrant, they held up beautifully throughout the holidays. Now that the season is over they have dried but are still just as beautiful (see pic).
Thank you for creating such a beautiful quality product. I look forward to future purchases.
Thank you, Ericka! We are looking forward to providing you with more freshness and fragrance for years to come.
“Life is not measured by the breaths you take but, by the moments that take your breath away”.
Perhaps a little preview of what is coming in the next few months – this rabbit caught Scott’s attention from his desk. We were able to snap a few pictures before we were spotted and the bunny got jumpy.
Don’t think some of us could stop ourselves from saying “awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww”
when this little cottontail started washing its face in the shelter of our lavender.
This stunning sunset made us feel like writing down just a few of our blessings:
we have no need for “hang in there” posters (the cat in the tree…) because all we have to do is look up and out. Whether we are in our office or our warehouse, we are surrounded by incredible, expansive views.
we don’t have to decorate our desks with pictures of some of our family members, because we pass them a hundred times a day, open a door for them, discuss an order, walk the fields, stress over rain or bring them back a burrito if we are out of the office.
what we are surrounded with is what we grow and the land we grow it on – how cool is that?