Valentine’s Day

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The History of Saint Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day started in the time of the Roman Empire. In ancient Rome, February 14th was a holiday to honour Juno. Juno was the Queen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses. The Romans also knew her as the Goddess of women and marriage. The following day, February 15th, began the Feast of Lupercalia.

The lives of young boys and girls were strictly separate. However, one of the customs of the young people was name drawing. On the eve of the festival of Lupercalia the names of Roman girls were written on slips of paper and placed into jars. Each young man would draw a girl’s name from the jar and would then be partners for the duration of the festival with the girl whom he chose. Sometimes the pairing of the children lasted an entire year, and often, they would fall in love and would later marry.

 

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Under the rule of Emperor Claudius II Rome was involved in many bloody and unpopular campaigns. Claudius the Cruel was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. He believed that the reason was that roman men did not want to leave their loves or families. As a result, Claudius cancelled all marriages and engagements in Rome. The good Saint Valentine was a priest at Rome in the days of Claudius II. He and Saint Marius aided the Christian martyrs and secretly married couples, and for this kind deed Saint Valentine was apprehended and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off. He suffered martyrdom on the 14th day of February, about the year 270. At that time it was the custom in Rome, a very ancient custom, indeed, to celebrate in the month of February the Lupercalia, feasts in honour of a heathen god. On these occasions, amidst a variety of pagan ceremonies, the names of young women were placed in a box, from which they were drawn by the men as chance directed.

The pastors of the early Christian Church in Rome endeavoured to do away with the pagan element in these feasts by substituting the names of saints for those of maidens. And as the Lupercalia began about the middle of February, the pastors appear to have chosen Saint Valentine’s Day for the celebration of this new feaSt. So it seems that the custom of young men choosing maidens for valentines, or saints as patrons for the coming year, arose in this way.

 

Valentine's Day Cupid
Valentine's Cupid

St. Valentine’s Story

Let me introduce myself. My name is Valentine. I lived in Rome during the third century. That was long, long ago! At that time, Rome was ruled by an emperor named Claudius. I didn’t like Emperor Claudius, and I wasn’t the only one! A lot of people shared my feelings.

Claudius wanted to have a big army. He expected men to volunteer to join. Many men just did not want to fight in wars. They did not want to leave their wives and families. As you might have guessed, not many men signed up. This made Claudius furious. So what happened? He had a crazy idea. He thought that if men were not married, they would not mind joining the army. So Claudius decided not to allow any more marriages. Young people thought his new law was cruel. I thought it was preposterous! I certainly wasn’t going to support that law!

Did I mention that I was a priest? One of my favourite activities was to marry couples. Even after Emperor Claudius passed his law, I kept on performing marriage ceremonies — secretly, of course. It was really quite exciting. Imagine a small candlelit room with only the bride and groom and myself. We would whisper the words of the ceremony, listening all the while for the steps of soldiers.

 

Engagement rings and a Bouquet of red Roses go Hand in Hand.
Engagement Rings and red Roses

One night, we did hear footsteps. It was scary! Thank goodness the couple I was marrying escaped in time. I was caught. (Not quite as light on my feet as I used to be, I guess.) I was thrown in jail and told that my punishment was death. I tried to stay cheerful. And do you know what? Wonderful things happened. Many young people came to the jail to visit me. They threw flowers and notes up to my window. They wanted me to know that they, too, believed in love. One of these young people was the daughter of the prison guard. Her father allowed her to visit me in the cell. Sometimes we would sit and talk for hours. She helped me to keep my spirits up. She agreed that I did the right thing by ignoring the Emperor and going ahead with the secret marriages. On the day I was to die, I left my friend a little note thanking her for her friendship and loyalty. I signed it, “Love from your Valentine.”

I believe that note started the custom of exchanging love messages on Valentine’s Day. It was written on the day I died, February 14, 269 A.D. Now, every year on this day, people remember. But most importantly, they think about love and friendship. And when they think of Emperor Claudius, they remember how he tried to stand in the way of love, and they laugh — because they know that love can’t be beaten!

Valentine's Bouquet of red and pink Tulips
Red Tulip Hand-Tied Bouquet

Valentine Traditions

Hundreds of years ago in England, many children dressed up as adults on Valentine’s Day. They went singing from home to home. One verse they sang was:

Good morning to you, valentine;

Curl your locks as I do mine —

Two before and three behind.

Good morning to you, valentine.

In Wales wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on February 14th. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favourite decorations on the spoons. The decoration meant, “You unlock my heart!”

In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.

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Featuring 6 large-headed red roses with diamanté pins and 6 red carnations carefully arranged in mirrored glass cube.

In some countries, a young woman may receive a gift of clothing from a young man. If she keeps the gift, it means she will marry him.

Some people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine’s Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.

Hand tied Bouquet for Valentine's Day
Valentine's Rose & Lily Hand-tied

A love seat is a wide chair. It was first made to seat one woman and her wide dress. Later, the love seat or courting seat had two sections, often in an S-shape. In this way, a couple could sit together — but not too closely!

Think of five or six names of boys or girls you might marry, As you twist the stem of an apple, recite the names until the stem comes off. You will marry the person whose name you were saying when the stem fell off.

 

Hand made Interflora Valentine's Day Chocolates
Hand made Interflora Valentine's Day Chocolates

Pick a dandelion that has gone to seed. Take a deep breath and blow the seeds into the wind. Count the seeds that remain on the stem. That is the number of children you will have. If you cut an apple in half and count how many seeds are inside, you will also know how many children you will have.

Modern Valentines Flowers
Modern Valentines gift with flowers and chocolates

Order Valentine’s Flowers Online

Browse our huge selection of fresh flowers bouquets and Valentines arrangements at Lamber de Bie Flowers website http://www.lamberdebie.ie

You will find all you are looking for from single red rose, dozen red roses bouquet, fantastic tulip bouquets, valentines chocolates and much more.

Valentines bouquet of 50 purple tulips
Bouquet of 50 purple tulips

 

Valentines bouquet of 50 pink tulips
50 Pink Tulips for Valentines
Bouquet of 50 Orange Tulips
50 Orange tulips Valentines Bouquet

All flowers for the greater Kilkenny and Waterford area are delivered by our delivery team on a daily base. As a member of Interflora , Lamber de Bie Flowers at interflora can also deliver to almost any address in Ireland and the UK.

For deliveries outside of Ireland and the UK please contact us directly by email; info@lamberdebie.com or call us at 056-7770161 and we are able to organise delivery of flowers to most countries worldwide trough our association with Interflroa.

For a full listing of all Valentine’s Day flowers available online go to

http://www.lamberdebie.ie

 

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Our New E-Commerce Web Site is Live.

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New E-Commerce Web-Site Live Today.

New E-Commerce Web-Site Live Today.

www.LamberdeBie.ie

Our new e-commerce site is live.

Lamber de Bie Flowers is launching their new e-commerce website today to the World Wide Web.

From our website you are able to order flowers for delivery anywhere in Ireland, Northern Ireland and anywhere in the UK for next day delivery.

For delivery to anywhere else please contact us and we will be delighted to look after your needs.

After lots of preparations we are proud to introduce you to our new 24/7 online store. At www.lamberdebie.ie you will be able to shop from a large, and ever growing selection of flowers, bouquets and arrangements for every occasion.

We promise all our online customers the same attention to detail as well as the same approach of 100% satisfaction guaranteed for all our customers as well as for those lucky recipients of our flowers as we have been doing over the past 10 years in our 3 retail stores in Waterford as well as in Kilkenny.

Approx. one year ago I followed a number of courses in web design, not with the intention of creating our own but to make sure we would find the right partners in creating our new online flower web site.

12 Years ago we launched out first web-site and have learned trough trail and error, some times they were expensive lessons and other times, often with the help of friends we improved our than web presence.

This time, wanting to create e modern E-commerce site, we chose to work with a Waterford based company called Smartweb to whom I was introduced by Gavin Dixon. We have been using Gavin’s Company “BITS”(Business IT Solutions) for many years.

I met first with Eugene Silov, from Smartweb early this spring. The first number of meetings were about the layout and content required and that meant that I spent hours and days looking at websites from florists and other online product sellers. There was a lot of R&D (Rob & Duplicate) as well as finding solutions on how to implement our own ideas.

Our website is developed so that I control the input all products, descriptions and price as well as most other content. This was, and will be very time consuming but will be the only way I can guarantee that the site will be up to date always.

As our web site is now live our next step is to create a suitable google-adwords campaign in order to drive more traffic to our site as well as discussing further plans with Eugene for our site as I believe any store needs to be updated to keep it fresh.

We are 10 years in retail at the end of this month and I know that this is only possible trough constant improvement on the stores, services and products, this same approach we will use towards our online sales of flowers.

On our new site you will also find a selection of photos of wedding flowers we are creating. These will be continuously updated.

If anyone needs help with the development of an online store I would be more than happy to recommend Eugene from Smartweb. I look forward to working with both Bits & Smartweb in the future to constantly improve our service.

We sincerely look forward to any comments on how we can make the experience of shopping at our online store better.

Send us your comments to info@lamberdebie.com .

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LAMBER DE BIE FLOWERS – FINALIST IN RETAIL EXCELLENCE IRL. 2010

WE DID IT AGAIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday September 17th, 2010.

We are very proud to announce that Lamber de Bie Flowers have once again made it into the final for the best store of the year award by Retail Excellence Ireland.

On two previous occasions we received the winning award for best small store of the country, once for our Waterford store and once for our Kilkenny store.

With celebrating our 10 years in retail next month this is “The Icing on the Cake” to be placed once again in the final by the experts in retail from Retail Excellence Ireland.

The wait is now starting for the official awards ceremony this November in the Raddisson Hotel in Galway. !!!!

We are very grateful, especially to the team of Lamber de Bie Flowers that understand as we do that there is always room for improvement as well as their understanding for customer service and top quality flowers and creations.

I would like to take this opertunity to congratulate and wish every succes to our fellow finalists. Especially to the other 5 stores in our category and also to our friends of Arboretum lifestyle & Garden Centre. May the best one win on the night !!!!

An enormous thank you goes out to all our wonderful customers that inspired us over the past 10 years to be our best for them.

Below you find the list of all finalists in the Retail Excellence Ireland awards for 2010.

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Retail Excellence Ireland Store of the Year Finalists 2010

Best Small Store

Alchemist Earth Sarsfield Street, Limerick

Butler’s Chocolate Café Liffey Street, Dublin

Daintree Paper Camden Street, Dublin

Il Valentino Grand Canal Habour, Dublin

Lamber De Bie Flowers Ormonde Street, Kilkenny

McArdle Meats Charlestown Shopping Centre, Dublin

Best Medium Store

Corry’s Foodhall & Café Loughrea, Galway

DocMorris Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin

Hugh Maguire Craft Butchers Ashbourne Shopping Centre, Meath

Molloys Fine Foods Abbeytown, Roscommon

O2  Grafton Street, Dublin

O’Briens Wines, Beer & Spirits  Sandymount Road, Dublin

Best Large Store

Carraig Donn MacDonagh Junction, Killkenny

Howards Storage World The Park, Carrickmines, Dublin

PC World Jervis Shopping Centre, Dublin

Portwest Suffolk Street, Dublin

The Kilkenny Shop Emmet Place, Cork

Mulligans Pharmacy Tramore, Waterford

Best Xtra-large Store

Champion Sports Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin

Donnybrook Fair Morehampton Road, Dublin

Instore Spruce Avenue, Stillorgan, Dublin

Orchard Home and Garden Celbridge, Co. Kildare

Pamela Scott Bedford Row, Limerick

Weir & Son Jewellers Grafton Street, Dublin

Best Super Store

Arboretum Lifestyle & Garden Centre Kilkenny Road, Carlow

Debenhams Mahon Point Shopping Centre, Cork

McElhinneys of Ballybofey Ballybofey, Donegal

Superquinn Knocklyon, Dublin

The Loop at Dublin Airport, Dublin Dublin Airport, Dublin

TileStyle  Ballymount Retail Park, Dublin


When is Mother’s Day ?

When is Mother’s Day

Mothers Day is celebrated in several countries across the globe, though the month and date on which Mother’s Day is celebrated in different countries varies. Most countries celebrate Mothers Day on second Sunday in the Month of May. This Mother’s Day date was declared by US President Woodrow Wilson on May 8, 1914 when he signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. This US tradition of celebrating Mothers Day and paying tribute to mothers spread across several countries over the years and these countries too adopted second Sunday of May as Mother’s Day. However, in many countries the way Mothers Day is celebrated varies and is quite different from the manner in which Mothers Day is celebrated in US. But what is more important than the date and fashion of celebration is the feeling behind the festival. The idea of celebrating Mother’s Day the world over is to pay tribute to mothers for all their love and support and to make them feel special.

Mother’s Day Date in Different Countries

Mother’s Day in United Kingdom and Ireland:

The fourth Sunday in Lent.

2010 – March 14

2011 – April 3

2012 – March 18

2013 – March 10

2014 – March 30

2015 – March 15

2016 – March 6

United States, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and Turkey:

Second Sunday in the month of May.

2010 – May 9

2011 – May 8

2012 – May 13

2013 – May 12

2014 – May 11

2015 – May 10

2016 – May 8

Austria, Hong Kong, The Netherlands, Taiwan, Hungary, Portugal, South Africa, and Spain:

First Sunday in May

2010 – May 2

2011 – May 1

2012 – May 6

2013 – May 5

2014 – May 4

2015 – May 3

2016 – May 1

France:

First Sunday in June or last Sunday in May

Much of South America (as well as Mexico), Bahrain, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates:

May 10

Mexico: – May 8

Albania: – March 8

Russia: – November 28

Poland: – May 26

Indonesia: – December 22

Egypt: – March 21

Norway: – February 13

Thailand: Birthday of Queen Sirikit Kitiyakara – August 12

Sweden: Last Sunday in May

Lebanon: First day of Spring

Norway: The second Sunday in February

Costa Rica: August 15

Argentina: The Día de la Madre – The second or third Sunday in October


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The Story of St. Valentine

The Story of St. Valentine

By Lamber de Bie Dutch Master Florist

Every February the fourteenth, chocolate, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones across the world, all in the name of St. Valentine.

But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this day.

The history of Valentine’s Day — and its patron saint — is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred.

One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men — his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.

According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first ‘valentine’ greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl  “who may have been his jailor’s daughter” who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed ‘From your Valentine,’ an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It’s no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.

In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the seventeenth century. By the middle of the eighteenth century, it was common for friends and lovers in all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes. By the end of the century, printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged.

According to the American Greeting Card Association, an estimated one billion valentine cards are sent each year in the USA alone, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending day of the year after Christmas.

In addition to the Ireland and the U. K. Valentine’s Day is celebrated very big in the United States, Canada, Mexico, France, and Australia. Countries like Holland and Germany are only in the last few years getting into sending Valentines greetings. And still in very small numbers at that.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages (written Valentine’s cards didn’t begin to appear until after 1400), and the oldest known Valentine card is on display at the British Museum.

However the largest percentage of all valentine greetings are still sent by women, Irish men are getting more romantic. Valentines day is the one day that we will see at least as many men in our flower shops as we see woman buying flowers.

Lamber de Bie

Dutch Master Florist

A Taste of Christmas – A wonderful night.

The night started off with a performance of  the Newtown school music group.

First up: Kevin Dundon, Celebrity Chef.

Cooking up a storm.

Tanya, Mashy, Lamber, Margaret.

And then it was time that Lamber gave all his work away.

And here are some of the lucky winners.

Lamber de Bie – Dutch Master Florist at the Taste of Christmas in Ardkeen Quality Foodstore, 3rd December 2009.

A great Night.

A Taste of Christmas

Come and see two Masters at work!

Ardkeen Quality Foodstore and Lamber de Bie Flowers invites you to Ardkeen Quality Food Store on Thursday 3rd December from 7-10pm for ‘A Taste of Christmas’, showcasing some of the finest food & wine producers Ardkeen has to offer, and demonstrations by Kevin Dundon, Celebrity Chef, from Dunbrody Country House Hotel and Lamber de Bie, Dutch Master Florist from Lamber de Bie Flowers.

Kevin Dundon – Celebrity Chef

 

Lamber de Bie – Dutch Master Florist

Lamber will raffle all his creations on the night at this exiting event.

(Raffle Tickets Free for all attending !!!)

 

So come along this Thursday to Ardkeen Quality Foodstore in Waterford to seewhat’s instore this Christmas at Ardkeen Quality Foodstore.

A Taste of Christmas’, showcasing some of the finest food & wine producers the store has to offer.

Discover the best wine accompaniments for your Christmas dinner, stock up on the finest festive food and check out cookshops’ seasonal menu – all under one roof.

Chef Kevin Dundon will be here cooking up some festive food, Eamon from Knockanore will be showing us how to make Cheese, Lamber De Bie will add some glamour with fabulous flower arrangements & Kevin Sheridan of Sheridan’s Cheesemongers will be on hand to help you choose your Christmas cheese board. Adding a bit of sparkle, a Champagne Masterclass will be held in Cafe Lucia.

 

 

Lamber de Bie Flowers will be showcasing their range of new Christmas Decorations.             Now at 50% reduced prices.

 

 

 

Margaret will be there on the night to show you some of the nicest Christmas Table Centre Pieces available from Lamber de Bie Flowers at Ardkeen this Christmas.

We would love to see you here, for what we hope will be the kick off to a real festive foodie Christmas.

Please feel free to pass on the invite to your friends – the more the merrier!