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For Mothering Sunday

By helenlinda
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

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Trout_Man 9 1 30 Wales
2 Apr 2011 8:47PM
A lovely presentation and interesting read Smile Geoff.

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cabbie Plus
11 31 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2011 8:54PM
Have to agree with Geoff well done again

AshTree 8 1.7k 6 England
2 Apr 2011 8:56PM
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!

franfoto 10 2 32 England
2 Apr 2011 9:00PM
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.

helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2011 9:07PM
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
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2011 9:33PM
unusual colour for a poppy but a lovely tribute for your mother and superb image taboot
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2011 9:35PM
Thanks Ann
baclark 9 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2011 9:47PM
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.....
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2011 9:51PM
beautiful image helen cracking work Wink
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2011 9:53PM
Thanks Barbara and Andy
AshTree 8 1.7k 6 England
2 Apr 2011 9:53PM

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).

helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2011 9:54PM too !!!
jackitec 9 16 Spain
2 Apr 2011 10:39PM
Super shot,

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
3 Apr 2011 1:23AM
A lovely image Helen-- enjoy the day!
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
3 Apr 2011 1:27AM
Beautiful work Helen. ..................Sandy
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
3 Apr 2011 6:21AM
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
Ray42 10 3 England
3 Apr 2011 8:10AM
A lovely and creative piece of work and an interesting write up too
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2011 8:15AM
Thanks Jack, Jenn, Sandy, Carol and Ray
3 Apr 2011 8:48AM
A beautiful mix of symmetry, light and colour Helen, very uplifting image,
bricurtis 12 2.2k 49 England
3 Apr 2011 9:14AM
Lovely delicate image Helen - interesting info I have learnt something - have a great day.
Alvar 11 23 2 France
3 Apr 2011 9:55AM
Lovely shot and fascinating narrative !!!
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
3 Apr 2011 11:11AM
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.
3 Apr 2011 11:17AM
nice image good use of the mirror effect like it a lot Grin
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
3 Apr 2011 11:20AM
Beautiful image and a very interesting explanation Helen.
DanielD 8 1 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2011 2:47PM
Superb capture and wonderful presented, Helen - great write up - well done

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
3 Apr 2011 5:06PM
A very beautiful image, Helen, and a very interesting write-up, too Smile
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Dave_Holdham 9 4 1 Wales
3 Apr 2011 5:33PM
Wonderful detailed image
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2011 6:19PM
A gentle and delicate offering for all tender and loving mothers everywhere.
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2011 7:35PM
Thanks everyone for your comments
10 Apr 2011 7:11PM
Excellent work - very feminine, soft and warm. A
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2011 7:44PM
Thanks Arthur

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