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Softness from a feather and a warm glow from a yellow poppy - memories of my wonderful mother

Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Lent.

Although it's often called Mothers' Day it has no connection with the American festival of that name. Traditionally, it was a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother and family.

Centuries ago it was considered important for people to return to their home or 'mother' church once a year. So each year in the middle of Lent, everyone would visit their 'mother' church - the main church or Cathedral of the area. Inevitably the return to the 'mother' church became an occasion for family reunions when children who were working away returned home.

The food item specially associated with Mothering Sunday is the Simnel cake. A Simnel cake is a fruit cake with two layers of almond paste, one on top and one in the middle. The cake is made with 11 balls of marzipan icing on top representing the 11 disciples. (Judas is not included.) Traditionally, sugar violets would also be added. The name Simnel probably comes from the Latin word simila which means a fine wheat flour usually used for baking a cake. There's a legend that a man called Simon and his wife Nell argued over whether the cake for Mothering Sunday should be baked or boiled. In the end they did both, so the cake was named after both of them: SIM-NELL.

Thanks for looking and enjoy your special day all you Mums
Helen

Brand:FUJIFILM
Camera:Fujifilm FinePix S9600 Zoom
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:29 Oct 2006 - 5:27 PM
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Title:For Mothering Sunday
Username:helenlinda helenlinda
Uploaded:2 Apr 2011 - 8:32 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Digital art, Digitally manipulated, Flowers & plants, Specialist / abstract
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Trout_Man
Trout_Man  6 Wales30 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2011 - 8:47 PM

A lovely presentation and interesting read Smile Geoff.

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cabbie
cabbie e2 Member 7cabbie vcard United Kingdom
2 Apr 2011 - 8:54 PM

Have to agree with Geoff well done again

Bob

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AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2011 - 8:56 PM

A very pretty image, and a lovely symbolic tribute to your mother.

Interesting write-up Helen, though I've always understood Simnel Cake to be traditionally eaten at Easter, hence the missing marzipan ball on account of Judas Iscariat's betrayal. I love the Simon and Nell legend, never heard that one before and I soooo want to believe it!

Theresa

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franfoto
franfoto  7 England32 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2011 - 9:00 PM

What a delicate image Helen and beautifully presented. Thanks for the history of Mothers day, I didn't know the origins of it until now, very interesting.

Fran

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2011 - 9:07 PM

Thanks Geoff, Bob, Theresa and Fran
From what I read Theresa the cake was given for Mothering Sunday and kept for Easter Day, so you are quite right

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8317 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2011 - 9:33 PM

unusual colour for a poppy but a lovely tribute for your mother and superb image taboot

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2011 - 9:35 PM

Thanks Ann

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baclark
baclark  53740 forum posts United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2011 - 9:47 PM

A truely beautiful image and a very fitting tribute to your Mum Linda. Hoping that all those with Mum's are able to spend time with them. Sadly some of us just have the memories left now.....
Barbara

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andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2011 - 9:51 PM

beautiful image helen cracking work Wink
andy

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2011 - 9:53 PM

Thanks Barbara and Andy

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AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2011 - 9:53 PM


Quote: From what I read Theresa the cake was given for Mothering Sunday and kept for Easter Day, so you are quite right

Oh I see! Yes, that makes sense! (I made a Simnel Cake once, it was absolutely delicious, but then I love marzipan Wink).

Theresa

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2011 - 9:54 PM

........me too !!!

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jackitec
jackitec  6 Spain
2 Apr 2011 - 10:39 PM

Super shot,

Jack.

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2011 - 1:23 AM

A lovely image Helen-- enjoy the day!

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2011 - 1:27 AM

Beautiful work Helen. ..................Sandy

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8146 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2011 - 6:21 AM

A beautiful creation, Helen, and a wonderful tribute to your mum, it's a sad day for those of us who only have memories. Carol

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2011 - 8:10 AM

A lovely and creative piece of work and an interesting write up too

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2011 - 8:15 AM

Thanks Jack, Jenn, Sandy, Carol and Ray

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Adrian_Reynolds

A beautiful mix of symmetry, light and colour Helen, very uplifting image,
Adrian

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bricurtis e2 Member 91925 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2011 - 9:14 AM

Lovely delicate image Helen - interesting info I have learnt something - have a great day.
Brian.

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Alvar  7 France2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2011 - 9:55 AM

Lovely shot and fascinating narrative !!!
Alvar

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2011 - 11:11 AM

A beautiful tribute.
I'm glad your writeup explains the roots of Mothering Sunday. I'd love to hear the tale behind the Simnel Cake as well.

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digital_boi
3 Apr 2011 - 11:17 AM

nice image good use of the mirror effect like it a lot Grin

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3 Apr 2011 - 11:20 AM

Beautiful image and a very interesting explanation Helen.
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DanielD  4 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2011 - 2:47 PM

Superb capture and wonderful presented, Helen - great write up - well done

Daniel

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TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2011 - 5:06 PM

A very beautiful image, Helen, and a very interesting write-up, too Smile
Trev Smile

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Dave_Holdham
3 Apr 2011 - 5:33 PM

Wonderful detailed image

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3 Apr 2011 - 6:19 PM

A gentle and delicate offering for all tender and loving mothers everywhere.

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helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2011 - 7:35 PM

Thanks everyone for your comments

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10 Apr 2011 - 7:11 PM

Excellent work - very feminine, soft and warm. A

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helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2011 - 7:44 PM

Thanks Arthur

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