with love from King Street

Romantic that I am, for Valentine’s Day I gave the G.O. a print-out of a news article… Johnny Cash penned quite possibly the greatest love letter of all time because it reminded me of us, and a box of his favourite Ferrero Rocher chocolates.

The article details the top 10 greatest love letters and John’s love letter to June Carter.

We get old and get used to each other. We think alike.

We read each other’s minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted.

But once in a while, like today, I meditate on it and realise how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met. You still fascinate and inspire me.

You influence me for the better. You’re the object of my desire, the No. 1 earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much.”

The thing is, I would’ve printed the article and given it to the G.O. anyway. Ditto for the chocolates.

The G.O.’s gift to me was better: a no work Saturday. We slept in, drank coffee and wandered up King Street to see what we could see at Newtown Community Markets. The G.O. bought me a bunch of flowers. He does that from time to time. Rainbow roses on this occasion. My favourite colour.

Happy Valentine’s Day from King Street, Newtown.

36 thoughts on “with love from King Street

    1. Thank you. We’re both Johnny Cash fans, so the letter of course got my attention, and their story appeals to us. Many years we watch Walk the Line on Valentine’s Day 🙂


  1. Just two young romantics still aren’t you.Chocolates and flowers though they didn’t both travel in the same direction.
    Sleeping in is a rare treat in itself and a total work free day is a great prize. I’m sure I’d have enjoyed a walk down your King Street to see the shops and the market. Maybe stopping for a coffee or even something to eat. I’m glad you had a lovely day
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx


  2. That’s how Valentine’s Day should be. What a special gift the G.O. gave to you — a Saturday off work and a wander down what looks to be a fascinating street. Enjoy the rest of the day. 🙂


    1. I think Australian Valentine’s Day is one size fits all. Do as much or as little as you like. During the day at least King Street wasn’t OTT with it, thankfully.


    1. The commercial aspect of Valentine’s Day is off-putting. Even had we been thinking about going out for dinner as we sometimes do on a Saturday night, we never would on Valentine’s Day. Quiet night in for us 🙂


  3. That is a lovely letter from Johnny Cash – and thank you for walking me around Newtown again. It’s been years since I’ve been there, and it made me miss the inner west. I lived and worked in that area for a few years and loved every minute of it.


    1. I thought the letter was a worthy #1, and it worked instead of a card which we sometimes do, sometimes not. I like King Street because as a far as I can tell there’s something for everyone 🙂

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    1. I can’t help myself, I like soppy. It was thanks to you I walked King Street with Valentine’s Day in mind… but I’m pleased to say the theme wasn’t overpowering, about usual for Australia which is happy to take it or leave it, I think.


  4. How odd to read about your day when mine is just starting! My Valentine’s greeting was a quick 2 line email just to tell me he’s OK – he’s in Ghana and has been without power or internet access for 3 days – so short and hasty though it was, a great way to start my day alone! I love your rainbow roses – ‘my favourite colour’ – that’s so you. A way of seeing things that’s oblique – do I mean that? Well, whatever! I hope Sunday’s as good a day for the two of you, if not better. M


    1. In return, I read about your Valentine’s Day as my Sunday was just beginning! I can live with ‘oblique’. My attitudes when a young adult tended to black & white, thankfully mellowed with age to greys… even later, it occurred to me as I never could settle on any one favourite colour or flower, that rainbow often the preference of very young girls suited me just fine as well. Once you attain a great deal of it, and its requisite attitude, age is no barrier…
      Despite its venture into romance our weekend pretty much is as usual, and good enough 🙂


  5. I’m not so much a romantic, but I love that letter. Also, I wouldn’t mind if my husband did something romantic once in or twice a year, but after almost 30 of those years, I think he’s tapped out. 😛 Thanks for sharing this. Happy Valentine’s Day (although it may be over for you, we are in the midst of it).


    1. Thank you 🙂 I wonder if Johnny Cash knew when he wrote those words, the wider impact they’d have. Similarly sometimes the little gestures we make or receive don’t seem romantic but they are in their own way, probably most notable by their absence.

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  6. A lovely letter from Johnny Cash, more romantic than the ring of fire! And such a nice way to spend the day. Mr T will not participate in the day in a commercial sense, although is happy to enjoy any other forms of romance offered or reciprocated.


  7. People can make fun of the hillbilly music, the Carter family, and Johnny Cash, but despite a lack of “Hollywood sophistication and polish” they were down to earth and knew what was important and how to say it. A perfect message. Thanks
    Looks like you had a perfect Valentines – enjoyed all the pictures!


    1. Thank you 🙂 Maybe we all have a bit of ‘hillbilly’ in us! I know I do… you can take the girl out of the country but… I’m constantly surprised when people assume I’m originally from the city…


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