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Saturday, 1 February 2020

It's February !

It's a little hard to believe … but it's February already, and this year it's a leap year, yes there are 29 days in the month! I wonder how many additional marriage proposals there may be? See the folk traditions in this link here

Perhaps being February, Valentine’s Day is on people’s minds, February is a big month for flowers. But, oddly enough, the red rose is not February’s birth month flower! 

The birth flowers that belong to February, are the violet and the primrose.



Violets signify watchfulness, loyalty, and faithfulness.
Give a violet to someone to let them know you’ll always be there for them!


The other February birth flower is the primrose, which lets someone know you can’t live without them.

Like the violet, February’s birthstone is a purple colour... it’s the beautiful amethyst.
  • This gem is a form of quartz; it can range from a pale lilac colour to a deep, rich purple.
  • The name is based on a Greek myth that speaks of a nymph named Amethyst who was inadvertently turned into white stone; in remorse, the Greek god Bacchus poured wine over her to turn her a beautiful purple.
  • The amethyst was thought to prevent intoxication and keep its wearer thinking sharply. It was worn by English royalty in the Middle Ages. 
Did you know:
  • February is the only month to have a length of fewer than 30 days! Though it’s usually 28 days, February is 29 days long in leap years such as 2020. 
  • January and February were the last two months to be added to the Roman calendar (c. 713 BC); originally, winter was considered a month-less period.
  • Originally, February was made the last month of the calendar year. Eventually (c. 450 BC), February was moved to its place as the second month.
And as it's February, it could be time to celebrate five seasonal foods!
Like hardy celeriac, a low carb favourite, and turnips - both versatile and plentiful, making vegetarian cooking easy. Crisp chicory comes in delicate yellow or bold red varieties and is perfect for adding crisp crunch to winter salads. For sweeter treats, beautiful blood oranges and tropical passion fruit add vibrant colour to any grey winter days. Read more here

Cream of Celeriac Soup
see details here


You will find a variety of articles, studies etc. plus recent news/views and recipe ideas within this blog, we hope something for everyone to read and enjoy ... but please note, not all may be suitable for you.

If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan

29 comments:

Tom said...

...where does the time go?

Rose said...

February is a good month for us...our granddaughter's birthday is in February.

My name is Erika. said...

Happy February to you also.

Elephant's Child said...

The year is zipping past isn't it? I have a fondness for violets and primroses.

Margaret D said...

Very interesting regarding February...love the flowers too.

Christine said...

Thanks for helping celebrate February, another cold month, if short!

peppylady (Dora) said...

My Birthday is in February

Linda said...

Happy February! I'm looking forward to flowers.

Valerie-Jael said...

Have a great February! Valerie

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

February;s flowers are beautiful.

Jo said...

February already! Where do the months go?

mamasmercantile said...

My goodness where did January go?

Sandy said...

I didn't know it was leap year! My sister has a birthday today. I am going to send her violets. Than you!

sheila 77 said...

The soup looks terrific. I've never used celeriac so this will be something new to try in February.
Thanks for reminding me that this month has 29 days this year, I will look forward to the extra day (although it isn't really, but it is good to think so).
The photograph of the violet is wonderful, thanks for that.

Mary Kirkland said...

It's my birthday month. I love the purple violets.

Jeanie said...

I loved this fun post! February does bring lots of pretty sights to be sure, hearts and flowers among them! Happy Month!

sandy said...

ahh violets - love - ... happy February to you and Eddie - and that soup looks delicious!!

Chatty Crone said...

I love February!

Lee said...

You took the thoughts right out of my mind! As I was waiting to drift off to sleep last night I, too, was thinking..."Well! That's one month down already! February has arrived!"

I even remembered the night before shortly after midnight to say "White rabbits!" a couple of times! Now I wait and see if any luck will come my way! I'm not holding my breath! :)

Our photos said...

Nice flowers !

happyone said...

Some interesting facts about February!!
The flowers are beautiful.

Teresa said...

Feliz febrero.

Crafty Green Poet said...

I would have thought snowdrop would be the February birth flower!

Sue said...

Lovely flowers, and the soup looks good too. Have a very happy February, Sue xx

Snowbird said...

What a lovely post Jan, I did enjoy it.xxx

Martha said...

A very lovely post. Happy February!

eileeninmd said...

Happy February to you! Love the beautiful flowers and the soup sounds delicious!
Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week!

carol l mckenna said...

Happy February to you and lovely floral macro shots and yummy soup too ^_^


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William Kendall said...

Beautiful flowers.