Roses are red, violets are blue, we’ve a few ideas for Valentine’s … but have you? Fear not, lovebirds, Larks will set those hearts a-flutter…


HAIL Bishop Valentine, whose day this is;
      All the air is thy diocese,
      And all the chirping choristers
And other birds are thy parishioners;
      Thou marriest every year        
The lyric lark, and the grave whispering dove,
The sparrow that neglects his life for love,
The household bird with the red stomacher;
      Thou makest the blackbird speed as soon,
As doth the goldfinch, or the halcyon;
The husband cock looks out, and straight is sped,
And meets his wife, which brings her feather-bed.
This day more cheerfully than ever shine;
This day, which might inflame thyself, old Valentine.


— verse from ‘Epithalamion Vpon Frederick Count Palatine and the Lady Elizabeth marryed on St. Valentines day’ by John Donne (1572–1631)


Valentine’s Day a.k.a. Saint Valentine’s Day a.k.a. The Feast of Saint Valentine, originated in Western Christianity as a liturgical feast day honouring one or more early saints with the name Valentinus.

February the 14th first became associated with the annual celebration of romantic love in the 14th Century, an era when the concept of courtly love bloomed and blossomed. The first recorded evidence of this was a poem referring to ‘Volantynys day’, written by Geoffrey Chaucer in ‘Parlement of Foules’ (1382).

By the 18th Century, celebrating the day evolved into something more akin to modern day Valentine customs, with lovers expressing their innermost feelings through the giving of flowers and confectionery and the sending of greeting cards or ‘valentines’.


larks-gifts-key to my heart-wooden-key-ring larks-gifts-northern-soul-mate-wooden-key-ring larks-gift-best-kisser-in-liverpool-wooden-key-ring


In Europe, the Saint Valentine’s Key is gifted as a romantic charm in Padua, Italy, symbolically inviting to ‘unlock’ the lover’s heart. Above: ‘You Make Me Happy’ and ‘I Love Us’ Wooden Decorations £4.99; Wooden Keyrings £4.99 all by Wotmalike at Larks

larks | homeware | wooden sign  larks | homeware | wooden sign

northen soul mate mug from Larks Liverpool larks-Liverpool-northern-soulmate-coaster-2-gifts

Above: Wooden Signs £6.99; ‘Northern Soul Mate’ Mug and Coaster all by Wotmalike at Larks

larks-clothing-frilly-knickers-red larks-clothing-frilly-knickers-black-and-white

larks-clothing-frilly-knickers-pink larks-clothing-frilly-knickers-black-and-red

Above: Frou-frou dessous… Frilly Knickers (various colourways and sizes) £12.99 – £14.99 also available in store

larks-homeware-soft-furnishings-morrissey-cushion-red larks-homeware-soft-furnishings-robert-smith-cushion-red

Above: Morrissey and Robert Smith Cushions £36 by Lost Plots available at Larks

larks-accessories-patches-rainbow-heart larks-accessories-patches-bae larks-accessories-patches-queer-rainbow

Above: Iron-On Embroidered Patches £3 – £12.50 from a selection available in store at Larks

larks | homeware | framed art print | mr and mrs 

Above (l-r): Mr & Mrs’ Framed Glitter Tattoo Print £25 by DeBono & Bennett;  ‘I’m Drawn To You’ Leather Pencil Set £11.50 by Ark both available at Larks