My Valentine’s Day to remember


Kathy on her wedding day Valentine's Day. It's a special day for most people who are half of a couple, but it could have been particularly memorable for me…

Valentine's Day 23 years ago…

It was Saturday 14th February 1987, and my boyfriend Olley had booked us a table for two to eat at our favourite wine bar, Le Cochinet, just around the corner from our flat in Maida Vale, in west London.

As we were reading the menu, several friends walked in, saw us and hijacked our romantic evening! We moved to a larger table and enjoyed a sociable meal full of laughter and good wine – it was six days later that I learned what I had missed out on…

Popping the question

Olley had planned to ask me surely the most romantic of questions that night, but his plans to propose marriage to me had been thwarted by the arrival of those friends of ours.

It was at our kitchen table on Friday 20th February, while he was eating a bowl of re-heated bean stew and I was nursing a heavy cold, that he finally managed to put it to me that I might like to spend the rest of my life as his wife. (You can see a picture of us on our wedding day). The rest, as they say, is history.
I'm actually quite happy that it turned out that way – it's fine to enjoy a romantic moment along with the rest of the world on Valentine's Day, but I like having my own special day. The 20th of the month is more important to us as a couple than the 14th.

Our plans this Valentine's Day

Having said that, we'll be out on Saturday night this weekend. Yes, in fine tradition we'll be eating with friends again, but celebrating Chinese New Year at Kong's, our local Chinese restaurant.

There'll be live music and lion dancing, and no doubt lots of good food and wine, and more laughter.

So whether it's Valentine's Day, the New Year of the Tiger or anything else you're celebrating this weekend, I'll raise a glass to you.

Have fun!

Kathy x



  1. Mary February 9, 2010 at 6:44 pm -  Reply

    What a lovely story Kathy and isn’t it nice to be different and have 2 special days in February. My husband and I will have been married 14 years this year and are having a meal out on Saturday night; he is out with his mates on a pub visit on Sunday! How is the diet going? I have lost 7 lbs in 3 weeks and do my pilates 3 – 4 times a week and already feel the benefits after only a few weeks. Have a lovely Valentines Day x

  2. kathy tayler February 11, 2010 at 12:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Mary.
    Nice to hear from you!
    Have a lovely meal on Saturday night – are you going to have pudding or will you stick as close as you can to Diet Chef, I wonder?! I haven’t really been eating Diet Chef for a few weeks and I’ve put on a few pounds. I’m cross that I’ve let it slip, but I’ve been coping with a few things at home and work and sometimes you can’t do it all, can you?
    Anyway – I have a week off work next week so I’m determined to do a bit of exercise and get back on track with losing weight. Alongside a couple of meals out with Olley, that is, as the boys are away on trips with their schools, so we will have a glimpse of what life will be like when they’re off and gone – we plan to make the most of it!
    A whole week of lie-ins – can’t wait!!
    Hope all is well with you – have a good week.
    Kathy x

  3. Mary February 17, 2010 at 8:37 am -  Reply

    Hi, hope you are enjoying your week off. Probably mis lead you in last e-mail but I am not doing diet chef…a bit too expensive for me but I go to a Slimming World class and I find the eating plan works fantastic for me and YES I had a pudding on Saturday….weigh in this evening though and hope the extra pilates this week has accounted for my excesses on Saturday. If not, its only a small blip! Been decorating my daughters room this week. She is in her brothers room as he is on his first skiing trip with his school ( he is yr 7) and we only heard from him when he arrived in Austria – no signal on his phone so he asked the teacher if he could borrow his to quickly speak to us. I am so glad he has had the opportunity to go away but having sleepless nights cos I haven’t heard how he is doing…I suppose no news is good news but can’t wait to see him when he gets back Saturday. Enjoy the rest of the week. Love Mary x

  4. Gail February 22, 2010 at 11:52 pm -  Reply

    Kathy, a close up picture of your wedding photo please. I’ve strained my eyes trying to get a proper look at your wedding dress. I must say your husband looks rather handsome though. I love weddings and wedding photos and I’m afraid I must put my hands up and say I am one of those people who stops if I see a wedding, especially if I see the bride. It is such a happy occasion and the happiness does seem to rub off a bit, so more close up photos please so nosy old me can have a good butchers.
    Hope you enjoyed your week off with plenty of lie-ins and, hopefully, breakfast in bed. I can hear you laughing at the last bit, but you never know.
    Don’t go beating yourself up about weight issues. It is very hard to lose weight at our age, I’m 53, so go easy on yourself.
    Take care,

  5. sylvia March 2, 2010 at 3:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Cathy
    What a beautiful bride you were.You look stunning!It says a lot for you and your lovely husband that you have spent so long together.My husband and I will be celebrating our 29th wedding anniversary on the 28th March.I was only 19 at the time we got married and I am still very happy.Take Care Cathy.x

  6. kathy tayler March 10, 2010 at 11:33 am -  Reply

    Hi Mary
    I hope your son had a great skiing trip and that you both survived the separation. It’s horrible not being able to speak to them, isn’t it? But when we went away there were no mobile phones. I remember going to America for 3 months when I was 18 and I only rang mum a few times. Feel dreadful about it now, of course. And when mine are away, I know they say no news is good news, but it doesn’t feel like it. i just want to know they’re happy. Both my boys had a fantastic time – I hope yours loved his skiing too!
    Kathy X

  7. kathy tayler March 10, 2010 at 11:37 am -  Reply

    Hi Gail
    I had a wonderful week, thank you, and didn’t set my alarm once! breakfast in bed didn’t happen, but I was treated to a cup of tea once!
    I’ll see what I can do about some more wedding photos, and yes, Olley is still looking good, 23 years on. We’re both looking a little rounder around the middle, but as you say – let’s not worry too much about that.
    Take care
    Kathy x

  8. kathy tayler March 10, 2010 at 11:40 am -  Reply

    Hello Cathy.
    Congrats on reaching 29 years of marriage in a couple of weeks – i hope you’re planning a lovely day, especially as it’s a Sunday. I’m so glad you’re so happy – you prove that marrying young can be absolutely the right thing to do – if it’s to the right man!
    Have a great day.
    Kathy X

  9. Hilary Keeling June 9, 2010 at 10:31 am -  Reply

    Dear Kathy, I thought you looked really lovely today [Wednesday]. What a colourful top. Is it from QVC? Regards Hilary

  10. Helen Naidas July 28, 2011 at 3:32 pm -  Reply

    I liked you when you were a TVAM girl and I like you now presenting on QVC, I think you are so natural and simple in your ways, not pretentious in any way at all, all the time and that is what I like about you!
    Keep up the good work and just be yourself because I like you just the way you are.
    Best regards,

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