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Mothering Sunday

By helenlinda
Mothering Sunday is not a fixed day because it is always the middle Sunday in Lent (which lasts from Ash Wednesday to the day before Easter Sunday). During the sixteenth century, people returned to their mother church for a service to be held on Laetare Sunday. This was either a large local church, or more often the nearest Cathedral. Anyone who did this was commonly said to have gone "a-mothering", although whether this preceded the term Mothering Sunday is unclear. In later times, Mothering Sunday became a day when domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mothers and other family members. It was often the only time that whole families could gather together, since on other days they were prevented by conflicting working hours.
[We tend to forget the background so thought I would just add a little information]

We moved this from Mum and Dad's garden when we sold the house - and it is the first time it has flowered. I took this yesterday afternoon when we had a break in the cloudy sky and the light improved a little. So for all those who go a-mothering, remember your Mum or celebrate being a Mum today, have a super day.

Tags: Flowers and plants Helebore Mothers day March 2010 From mum and dads garden

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Mynett 11 142 6 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2010 8:00AM
How nice to know the story behind mother's day.

I love the image Helen, the detail is first class and I love the way it fades into the darkness of the background.


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CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
14 Mar 2010 8:02AM
What an absolute beauty, Helen, a superb capture and presentation. Carol
helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2010 8:04AM
Many thanks Linda and Carol
andylea 11 37 1 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2010 8:16AM
wonderful presentation cracking detail a beautiful capture Wink
cassiecat 11 39 46 England
14 Mar 2010 8:38AM
pretty. nice to have such a connection for mothers day, enjoyed the write up.lesley
colmar 12 42 35 Scotland
14 Mar 2010 8:45AM
A grand narrative to set the scene in context and a beautiful image captured so well the detail is strong and the bg works so well Colin
heids 10 1 1 Scotland
14 Mar 2010 8:55AM
Stunning image. Love the subtle lighting and detail.
baclark 10 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2010 9:03AM
have some of these in our garden. Beautiful capture and thanks for the reminder.
JohnH37 13 1 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2010 9:19AM
Beautiful photograph and beautiful subtle light.
EAS 10 1 13 Scotland
14 Mar 2010 10:14AM
A truly gorgeous image of this beautiful Hellebore and a most informative write-up.

14 Mar 2010 10:36AM
a beautiful flower, the lighting is superb...
GalleryGirl 12 4 2 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2010 10:41AM
Stunning work!
Happy Mothers Day

Marilyn x
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2099 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2010 11:30AM
Really beautiful - and thanks for reminding us that the day wasn't simply cooked up by the greetings card industry!
10 10 10 England
14 Mar 2010 11:50AM
Beautiful image and loads of information.
AnneWorner 12 620 43 United States
14 Mar 2010 1:35PM
Absolutely exquisite!
pluckyfilly 13 351 33 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2010 1:52PM
lovely shot - how they hang their heads this flower, making it difficult to get a half decent shot but you have managed this one well
Rende 12 38 4 Netherlands
14 Mar 2010 1:56PM
Beautiful lighting and detail Helen; lovely macro!
Bob_V 12 1 2 United States
14 Mar 2010 2:28PM
This is so gorgeous Helen, such fantastic work.
helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2010 2:37PM
Thanks everyone - because its in a tub Ann, I was able to put it on a table to take a photo, otherwise its head is at a terrible angle to get a photo from.
taggart Plus
15 47 13 United States
14 Mar 2010 2:55PM
Happy Mothering to you, Helen!
helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2010 3:04PM
Thanks Jenn
sable 11 9 7 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2010 3:25PM
What a beauty!! I like the subtle light - the detail is so crisp and clear - a simple frame that really compliments the image - Elizabeth
helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2010 3:27PM
Thanks Elizabeth
accipiter 10 61 England
14 Mar 2010 3:30PM
Subtle and lovely. A
14 Mar 2010 3:38PM
lovely shot good subtle lighting your deserved 30th vote click
helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2010 3:45PM
Thanks Arthur and Graham
14 Mar 2010 4:25PM
Beautiful capture, excellent light.
gingerdelight 13 298 11 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2010 4:27PM
A beautifully lit study Helen - well presented.
mikbee 12 3 8 Scotland
14 Mar 2010 5:24PM
A well detailed image Helen.And I did not know Mothers Day had a ''history''.But as usual it has been hi-jacked by the greedy money makers !!
helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2010 6:12PM
Thanks Christine, Carol and Mick
TrevBatWCC Plus
11 13 13 England
14 Mar 2010 6:14PM
A very beautiful capture, Helen, and just begs to be viewed large, to appreciate the beautiful detail. A very interesting and informative, write-up, too. Well done.
TrevB Smile
helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2010 7:08PM
Thanks Trev
Anjantoo 11 7 1 England
14 Mar 2010 7:11PM
A beautiful image Helen. I love the way you have presented it.
Dave_Holdham 10 4 1 Wales
14 Mar 2010 7:28PM
Wonderful lighting, great shot well presented
Roly 12 Wales
14 Mar 2010 9:18PM
Super image and an interesting write up too.
14 Mar 2010 9:44PM
Wonderful 'period' style of compostiton - very nice
helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2010 10:24PM
Thanks Jann, Dave, Roly and David
14 Mar 2010 10:44PM
A superb image well taken and presented.
helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 7:07AM
Thanks Rob
ChiliMan 13 135 17 Singapore
15 Mar 2010 7:25PM
Thanks for the info! Fascinating.

As for the image...holy cow...ammmaaazing. The light and shadow balance so well and it looks like one of those images found in a flower pictorial book like a Harold Feinstein one.

helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 7:56PM
Thanks Andrew
Suehh 12 39 6 England
15 Mar 2010 8:50PM
An absolute wonder! Sue
helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 8:56PM
Thanks Sue
nickyv32 12 135 England
16 Mar 2010 7:43AM
Stunning shot Helen, love it

oll1e 12 57 2 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2010 7:47AM
oh Helen this is lovely ,my wife loves Helibores and she spotted this straight away Smile,perfect for Mothering sunday Smile
helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2010 8:08AM
Thanks Nicky and Oll1e - and particularly to Nicky for her UA
AshTree 10 1.7k 6 England
16 Mar 2010 8:16PM
A really superb image - Hellebores are among my favourite flowers, and this is a gorgeous capture.
And thanks for the background info - my daughter was asking me if I knew why Mothering Sunday is a movable feast and though I knew it was connected somehow with Easter, I wasn't sure of the detail and now I know!

helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2010 9:07PM
Thanks Theresa - glad that was helpful
pascalg Plus
12 37 France
21 Mar 2010 5:34PM
this is beautiful, again...
helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2010 10:20PM
Thanks Pascal

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