February is the month of love, right? What with Valentine's Day and all that, and I have to thank Pam (your embroidery patterns are just darn cute) for reminding me of this otherwise honestly, it would have slipped my mind that this fatal date was soon approaching.
A day, which before the martyrdom of no less than 3 Valentines, goes seemingly back to Ancient Rome lupercalia (like we care.... but this way we'll look as if we know something, thank you Messieurs Wales and Sanger).
In France, there are few artists who are as closely linked to St Valentine's Day, love, and Cupid as Raymond Peynet.
The girl and boy in his paintings are a representation of him the poet (which you may recognize because he wear an artist's hat), and her, his muse/sweetheart.
In the picture two down you see a representation of a kiosk, which is where is is meant to have met his wife, in Valence, in the South of France. It now is called "Le kiosque Peynet".
Here it is again in the background!
In 1985, the French government thought it would be a good idea to pay tribute to Peynet with this special edition stamp for Valentines Days.
Love in the North coming soon. ... Meanwhile be wise, don't forget that love is in the heart and not in purses or wallets.