"only" our 6th wedding anniversary...
.. so a very Happy Anniversary to you, my dearest hubby!
We received gorgeous, special anniversary cards from my Mum, and mother-in-law.. and will be spending a cosy night in together with lots of nibbles and treats!
According to tradition, we should be gifting each other sugar (can't complain! I'm all for anything calorific.. lol), amethyst (my favourite stone, and my hubby did actually buy me a beautiful amethyst ring 2 years ago for Christmas), wood or iron, and Calla lilies.
We chose to get married in Gibraltar as it is a British territory, and borders Spain where we live.. it is also a really charming place, with oodles of military history, the famous Barbary apes - which must never leave or else the Rock will leave British hands - lovely old buildings along winding lanes, and stunning views back to Spain and over to Morocco.. it was the perfect place to start our married life together.
Today is also St Piran's day in Cornwall, (which is sometimes spelt Perran too), who is the patron saint of tin miners. He stands here beside the traditional Cornish flag; a white cross on a black background.
The largest St Piran's Day event is the march across the dunes to St Piran's cross which thousands of people attend, generally dressed in black, white and gold, and carrying the Cornish Flag. Here are some of the legends surrounding this man:
The heathen Irish tied him to a mill-stone, rolled it over the edge of a cliff into a stormy sea, which immediately became calm, and the saint floated safely over the water to land upon the sandy beach of Perranzabuloe in Cornwall, where his first converts to Christianity were animals.
St. Piran lit a fire on his black hearthstone, which was evidently a slab of tin-bearing ore. The heat caused smelting to take place and tin rose to the top in the form of a white cross (thus the image on the flag).
Whatever you believe, have a great day today.. and may love and goodwill be with you! xx