Romance & an Awesome Giveaway

All images courtesy of Quarters Hermanus

I married a wonderfully romantic man.  During our dating years, we were both working as chefs.  He courted me with warm pudding and lashings of custard – at midnight – after work. (If you work in hospitality, this is trés normal).  He perfected a fragrant and delicate spice mix from which he would make chicken and prawn curry to woo me with.

He won me over with his roast potatoes which still take hours to make and are crispy on the outside, perfectly soft on the inside.  He would buy me ridiculously expensive bouquets of flowers and have long conversations with me about silly things.  I would be on my cellphone which was the size of my hand and had its own aerial to ensure good reception, for hours. He bought me shoes for my birthday.  In the romance department, he was a keeper.

Fast forward 14 years and there is not too much wooing and courting going on around here.  Firstly, we have kiddos now, so if anyone is waking me up at midnight it’s to give me a two second tummy bug warning rather than warm pudding.  I am crazy allergic to most cut flowers in the house so usually have to put any bouquets outside and admire them through the window.  Once we realised we were parents with a home loan, we became dutifully practical and now expensive bouquets of flowers seem wasteful.   I would guess that right now you are thinking “Jeez Louise, this is a great story of romantic death!”  Stay with me.

Because when you have been married a long time, walked a bumpy road with someone marked with high highs and heart wrenching lows, something absolutely beautiful happens in your heart.  You will know it has happened when you begin to notice romance in places where you never saw it before.  Like in the cup of coffee you get every morning in bed; in the treat that waits for you on the top of the fridge on Sundays; in the clean children you weren’t required to bath, when he sits next to you while you watch Project Runway, MasterChef and Hart of Dixie, even though he hates banal and absurd television.

You will find romance really flourishing when you watch the man you married become a dad and see him take that job really seriously, everyday.  Folks, as I see it, you will find romance luxuriant when you are in it for the long haul despite the overwhelming effort which that demands.   You will find romance rampant when it is allowed to be many many different things, not just the usual stuff like roses and candlelight; because romance has the ability to be eternal if you are simply willing to see it.

To be clear though Dear Husband, romance is definitely absolutely still in new shoes.  And in spending two nights alone in a swanky coastal hotel, having lazy breakfasts that don’t include FutureLife, spilled milk or noisy little people.And I guess right now you are thinking “Wait! What? That sounds amazing!”  I know right.

During the day, Dear Husband, also known as Glyn Taylor, is the MD of Plan Red based in Cape Town.  Plan Red is the most forward thinking company offering Technical and Operational expertise in the hospitality sector as well as being a bespoke Creative Agency delivering cutting edge website and brand development services.

To celebrate Romance in all its forms and to mark my 100th blog post on Pomegranate Days, Plan Red has very kindly gifted an ahhhhmazing voucher which I will be giving to ONE very special Pomegranate Days reader.  This voucher is for two nights for two at Quarters Boutique Hotel in Hermanus and it is worth an amazing R 6000.

Just look at this gorgeous hotel located on the historic Hermanus Harbour and boasting one of the best views in the world.  I have been privileged enough to stay at this hotel, and it is every bit as wonderful as it looks.

I am beyond excited for you because Quarters Hermanus was recently voted as one of the top 10 hotels in South Africa for a romantic getaway.  Quarters Hotel is run by the amazing Elizma Gerber, and in case you didn’t know, woman GM’s are incredibly attentive to detail and just the absolute very best in every way so basically; I think that this must be the best ticket to romance EVER.

Are you looking frantically for something to click on so that you can enter?  We are almost there.  Before you enter please take the time to go through the rules so that you know exactly how the voucher can be used.

  1. The voucher is valid for two people staying in a suite for two nights, valid during the month of February 2014.  Booking is subject to availability.
  2. The voucher is given on a Bed and Breakfast basis ONLY and all additional meals, drinks or other expenses incurred at the hotel will be for the winners account.
  3. Quarters Hermanus is IN HERMANUS, WESTERN CAPE.  The winner is responsible for any and all of their own travel expenses to and from the hotel.
  4. The voucher is issued by Plan Red on behalf of Quarters Hermanus.
  5. The competition closes Tuesday 4th February 2014 at 12 pm.
  6. The winner will be drawn by random selection and will be announced here on the blog on Wednesday 5th February 2014.  The winner will receive a personal email from me.  The winner will then have until Thursday 6th February 2014 to claim his/her prize or I will draw another winner.

Now that we have cleared up all the rules here is what you need to do to enter.  This two night stay deserves a bit of effort so:

1. Comment on THIS blog post by completing the sentence: Love is….

2. Enter all your details on the Rafflecopter form below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Once you have done all that, you are in.  (Maybe you should just call grandma and tell her to get ready to babysit cos momma’s got an epic date!)

Cheers, Sam

37 Comments on Romance & an Awesome Giveaway

  1. Lavender and Lime (
    January 27, 2014 at 11:34 am (6 years ago)

    Love is ….. having someone who after 18 years still ‘gets you’ and still listens and shares and wants to spend the rest of his life with you, no matter what!

  2. KT Phillips
    January 27, 2014 at 12:12 pm (6 years ago)

    Smart, kind and important!

  3. Lize Smith
    January 27, 2014 at 12:22 pm (6 years ago)

    Love is a roller coaster of ups and downs,but love never fails….

  4. Jena Theron
    January 27, 2014 at 12:29 pm (6 years ago)

    Love is being content to do nothing exciting on a Friday night and still having the best time 🙂

    P.S There’s a typo in the populated text (@pomegrantedays) and I can’t tweet it again from Rafflecopter 🙁 Just so you know 🙂

    • Sam Taylor
      January 27, 2014 at 1:07 pm (6 years ago)

      Hi Jena. Thank you so much for picking that up. I have corrected it and trust it works now. PS I also love Friday nights in 🙂

  5. Marilize Holtshausen
    January 27, 2014 at 1:14 pm (6 years ago)

    Love is…… kind, forgiving, patient, filled with joy and sometimes tears, but most of all, love is unconditional……

  6. Michelle Faber
    January 27, 2014 at 1:33 pm (6 years ago)

    Love is …..everywhere around us.

  7. Kit
    January 27, 2014 at 6:09 pm (6 years ago)

    Love is laughing at the absurd things in life and turning stressful event into togetherness, just by seeing the funny side. Love is being together for years, and still liking each other. Love is all around, everywhere you go!

  8. Ysabel Lebon
    January 27, 2014 at 6:23 pm (6 years ago)

    Love is…worth fighting for!

  9. Cecile B
    January 27, 2014 at 6:28 pm (6 years ago)

    love is all around you 🙂

  10. Cheryl Marriott
    January 27, 2014 at 6:50 pm (6 years ago)

    Love is being best friends even after 42 years of marriage. Love is your man getting out of a warm bed when you come home late from book club to meet you at the gate because you are nervous to get out of the car by yourself. But, best of all love is your man singing on the top of his voice to Huey Lewis and the News ….. I am so happy to be stuck with you!!

  11. Dawn Arendse
    January 27, 2014 at 9:14 pm (6 years ago)

    Love is… walking hand in hand facing in the same direction and tackling life’s challenges head-on.Love is a simple smile, a warm hug, a seemingly discreet wink when no-one is watching. Love is knowing that if you have to choose again you’ll make the same choice.Love is loving each other in such a way that you inspire your children and others!

  12. Namreen Sonday
    January 28, 2014 at 7:43 am (6 years ago)

    Love is … not complicated or bound to certain moments and days…love is found in the simplest of things

  13. Michelle Rademan
    January 28, 2014 at 8:07 am (6 years ago)

    Love is…. Forgiveness, Acceptance, tolerance & being at ease in each others company

  14. Tracy Jacobs
    January 28, 2014 at 8:09 am (6 years ago)

    Love is…….putting his happiness before yours, not being selfish or inconsiderate, packing his suitcase for him when he goes away and placing chocolate on his pillow when he returns, when he leaves the credit card for u haha and trusts u with it! when u can see the tenderness in his eyes for u! makes u laugh every day……it’s all the little things that add up to one bug thing called love 🙂

  15. Gaelyn Cokayne
    January 28, 2014 at 8:42 am (6 years ago)

    Love is best friends on FIRE!!!!
    The day I met my husband on the beach in 2004, I knew he would marry me. The first year we knew each other, we became the best of friends, and that friendship ignited into a full blown firey love!
    My husband and I will be on holiday IN Cape Town next week and this would just be the most AMAZING experience for us to enjoy together.

  16. Taryn Pongrac
    January 28, 2014 at 8:49 am (6 years ago)

    Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres… (Love this verse!)

  17. Thora Haefliger
    January 28, 2014 at 11:39 am (6 years ago)

    Love is… being strong, but having someone next to you that are stronger and knowing he will rescue you if need be. Love is … a hand reaching out, touching your arm and hearing the words ‘Are you ok, Babes?’. Love is … knowing that you will be sad and lonely if there was no ‘him’. Love is … the giggles that only he can understand. Love is … well, sometimes just crazy,… other times just soppy, but most of times just wonderful!!

  18. Annalise Botha
    January 28, 2014 at 12:17 pm (6 years ago)

    Love is… Laughter

  19. Susann Deysel
    January 28, 2014 at 12:22 pm (6 years ago)

    Love is… eating popcorn out of the same bowl.

  20. Susan M
    January 28, 2014 at 1:04 pm (6 years ago)

    Love is….hugs from my sweet 7 year old son x

  21. Natalie Magnus
    January 29, 2014 at 12:12 pm (6 years ago)

    Love is …….. in two months marrying my soulmate, 29 March 2014. Yippeeee

  22. Betty Bake
    January 29, 2014 at 12:41 pm (6 years ago)

    Love is… a cup of coffee made with care, buying me my fav chocolate and then hiding it away from when I really crave it! 🙂 love is being there no matter what! especially when the serious stuff happens

  23. Kathryn Cupido
    January 30, 2014 at 6:02 pm (6 years ago)

    Love is…my wonderful husband who will take my kids, my nephew and their friends camping just because it is fun :)…and let me stay at home!

  24. Lee
    February 3, 2014 at 11:50 am (6 years ago)

    Love is like an eclipse, it has its light, it has its dark but at the end of the day its a thing of beauty no matter what

  25. Kath
    February 3, 2014 at 12:02 pm (6 years ago)

    Love is all the small things that we often take for granted. Like doing the washing up, a back massage, taking out the rubbish. It’s putting the other person first and choosing to love your partner every day.

  26. Heila du Toit
    February 3, 2014 at 12:29 pm (6 years ago)

    Love is being with someone who makes your heart smile.

  27. Flippenblog
    February 3, 2014 at 5:28 pm (6 years ago)

    Love is in the all day, every day detail.

  28. Elizabeth Binder
    February 3, 2014 at 7:33 pm (6 years ago)

    Love is ….. Kim Casali

  29. Wendy Nell
    February 3, 2014 at 7:35 pm (6 years ago)

    Love is not having to say a word because you both already know

  30. Cheryl Marriott
    February 3, 2014 at 10:10 pm (6 years ago)

    Love is still getting butterflies in your tummy when he walks into the room!

  31. Annalene C. Nel-Venter
    February 3, 2014 at 11:38 pm (6 years ago)

    love is, love is – you and me my lovey
    love is, love is – the drink of choice red wine – you have to sip it
    for love is as strong as death, love is a conqueror
    love is the truth that makes dreams a reality
    love is, love is you and me my lovey

  32. Mariam Dramat
    February 4, 2014 at 12:14 am (6 years ago)

    Love is Amazing ,love is the butterflies you get in your tummy,the extra heartbeat your heart have when you love someone ,the tingly feeling running through your veins and giving you that silly smile and sparkle in your eyes.

  33. Jasmine Gipson
    February 4, 2014 at 6:33 am (6 years ago)

    Love is all around us


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