Valentines don’t always have to be sent by mail or appear as candy or chocolates (two distinct food groups). Both Clayton and Starr make use of the property as it occurs with vistas established by Clayton’s careful planting and maintenance as well as features which were constructed by Clayton.
This year Starr took advantage of a snowfall to snowshoe a heart in a field which is visible from the house. And instead of removing the Christmas lights, Clayton reattached them in a heart shape in front of the poured concrete wall which he installed as a sound barrier for a noisy road (which also supports espaliered wisteria for the Japanese garden). Voilà, two valentines.