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Into the blue for February

Roses are red, violets are BLUE, (shouldn’t that be violet?). Forget the violets, guys, red roses are the only option for a successful Valentine’s evening.  That’s Wednesday February 14th if you need a reminder. Get planning now!

Why are there no naturally blue foods? What about blueberries? In fact, blueberries are actually a deep purple colour due to the anthocyanin, a naturally produced chemical, in their skin. Never mind the hue, blue or not, they are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin K, fibre and manganese. So that’s your excuse sorted for another enormous blueberry muffin.

An incredible 12 carat oval blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds and set in white gold is the centrepiece of Kate Middleton’s engagement ring, which once belonged to Princess Diana. Who said second hand is not good enough?

The Ancient Egyptians held blue in high esteem as it was the colour of the heavens and of the sea, and thus associated with their gods. The term Egyptian blue was used to described what was the first synthetic pigment, comprising a mix including copper, silica, lime; it was manufactured by this well developed and advanced civilisation in the third millennium BC.

Blue blooded is a term used to describe someone who is from an aristocratic family. Their blood is not actually blue but red like that of anybody else. A recent interpretation of the meaning of blue blood is that many can no longer afford to heat their vast ancestral stately homes, so consequently are permanently cold, has no substantial supportive evidence.

Blue sky thinking – the concept of being unrestrained by conventional ideas or traditionally accepted views. As in Heston Blumenthal’s snail porridge. Alternatively, for that stress busting moment in your hectic day picture the bluest, clearest sky you can think of.

Chill out by listening to King of the Blues B.B.King. An iconic American musician who charmed a global audience with his rich mix of traditional blues, swing, jazz and pop, and named his guitar ‘Lucille’.

Blue Planet II. The spectacular BBC TV documentary presented by naturalist Sir David Attenborough.  As the most watched TV show of 2017 it shows that there is the most enormous market for top quality, informative, intelligent television.  Stop dumbing down to the mass audience, credit us with more intellectual rigour. And yes, the sex changing fish were scarily freaky, but the dolphins were oh so cute.

Images; February’s blue moon (Getty) The Bonham & Bonham Windsor Sofa, Uffizi Console Table, Lydia Mammes’ abstract painting ‘LM026’ (in partnership with Lisa Norris Gallery) & the Bonham & Bonham Cole and Kendal chairs.