A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds

Sunday 3 April 2011

Mothering Sunday

Today is Mothering Sunday. We are now midway through Lent and in this country it was the day when young British girls and boys who were "in service" i.e. worked in a large house, were allowed to visit their family. They were allowed to bake a cake to take along (traditionally a Simnel cake) or pick a bunch of flowers or vegetables from the garden to give to their mums.
This beautiful flowering "Yoshino" cherry is originally from Japan where the centuries old practice of "Hanimi" was to picnic under the flowering cherries. I think it is a bit chilly here for a picnic today.

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