I'm amused and impressed by a British man's desire to express his love for his girlfriend. He certainly chose a unique way to do it!
She may have said she didn't want a present, but romantic Jeff Brook-Smith had no intention of leaving his fiancee disappointed.
The lovestruck ex-fireman wowed his partner of seven years - not to mention dozens of passers-by - with an astounding hundred-foot message that he carved in the sand with a rake as a surprise for her birthday.
Determined Jeff Brook-Smith, 62, spent a painstaking four hours raking the beach near the couple's seaside home in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, to create the stunning image proclaiming his devotion to partner Janet Shipley, 61.
He scrawled: 'Happy Birthday Janet! With all my love Jeff' on the seafront, measuring an incredible 120ft by 50ft.
Jeff even researched tide times and pored over forecasts to ensure inclement weather would not spoil his masterpiece.
He said: 'When I asked her what she wanted for her birthday she was very modest and said she didn't want anything. That was when I came up with the idea. I wanted to surprise her.
'It was hard work, like raking 20 allotments. But I was really pleased with it, and Janet was astounded. She thought it was absolutely fantastic.'
(Click the picture for a larger view.)
Who says the day of the romantic gesture has passed? Good for you, sir!