Cutest. Husband. Ever.
Aw, man. Just when I complete hours of work researching the sordid details of 25 Of The World’s Most Infamous Marriages, all of which end in divorce or death, I stumble across this marriage-affirming story.
As reported on Yahoo, 70-year-old Winston Howes spent weeks planning the heart-shaped meadow he built specifically to honor his wife of 33 years, Janet, who died suddenly from heart failture 15 years ago at 50 years old.
Howes spent weeks planting 6,000 oak trees to etch out a giant heart in the middle of his field in South Gloucestershire. He planted the trees across the six-acre field so that the heart would point to his wife’s childhood home.
The garden has matured into a peaceful oasis where the farmer can go to remember his wife.
The meadow can’t be seen from the road and was a family secret until photos of the crop were taken by a balloonist who happened to sail above the farmhouse and heart-shaped field.
Howes tells The Telegraph, “I came up with the idea of creating a heart in the clearing of the field after Janet died … I thought it was a great idea — it was a flash on inspiration — and I planted several thousand oak trees … Once it was completed we put seat in the field, overlooking the hill near where she used to live. I sometimes go down there, just to sit and think about things. It is a lovely and lasting tribute to her which will be here for years.”
You can see several more photos the heart-shaped meadow and pictures of Winston and Janet from when they were younger and just before she died by clicking over to Yahoo. Such a sweet couple and gratifying to know that real love stories are still all around us despite an epidemic of divorces.
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