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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The voucher is issued by Plan Red on behalf of Quarters Hermanus.
- The competition closes Tuesday 4th February 2014 at 12 pm.
- 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:
2. Enter all your details on the Rafflecopter form below.
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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!)