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Monday, March 27, 2006

Flowers for Mother

Today was Mother's Day in the UK, and I realised that there wsa a bit of trivia that quite a lot of people might not know. The origin of the UK Mother's day goes back to when a lot of peole had servants, and they were allowed one day a year off to go and see their mothers.

This picture was taken at the early delivery rush at my local florists, Molly & Bill Stevens in Forest Gate If you ever find yourself over this part of town, looking for flowers you really won't do better. Two other pics on My Other Stuff.

posted by Ham at 00:03 -- Comments here: 10

Comments on "Flowers for Mother"


Blogger Denton said ... (04:50) : 

Given our common ancestry I assume us celebration of mother's day comes from the UK. However we celebrate on a May 14th. I will have to ask around about why. A quick Google indicates in the UK the holiday is called "Mothering Sunday". Is this accurate?


Blogger Brian said ... (04:53) : 

We have a Mother's Day in May in the USA...
Great Spring shot, lovely to see the flowers again this year, I think you are earlier with Spring than we are...


Blogger santy said ... (05:21) : 

Hi, Ham! Thanks for visiting my blog :)In Indonesia, we celebrate Mother's Day on the 22nd of December. I love those flowers on your picture!


Blogger midnitebara said ... (07:14) : 

I didnt know that! Thanks!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:20) : 

The real origin of Mothering Sunday is described in Wikipedia. It is true that servants had a day off and were reunited with their families, because they traditionally returned to their 'Mother Church' once a year during Lent.
Link to Wikipedia Article


Blogger Nicola said ... (15:03) : 

Interesting! I always thought Mother's day is the same everywhere. We also celebrate it in May in Germany. Nice bouquets of flowers!


Blogger Lisi said ... (16:17) : 

very nice, Ham, in HK, scene like this only happens on Valentine's Day


Blogger Ham said ... (01:45) : 

Denton - yes, it is called Mothering Sunday - interesting how there seem to be so many variations on a theme around the world

Brian & Lucy - spring is late over here. It i sonly now getting off the ground. I'd suspect that these flowers are grown in glasshouses or in Africa.

Santy - Interesting, does the Dec 22 date mean it is wrapped in the Chrismas story, or it that just coincidence?

Lisi - this day is the very busiest in the florist! (although prices might go higher for valentines day)


Blogger santy said ... (08:22) : 

I believe it's merely coincidence, Ham.


Blogger mimi buzzard said ... (11:43) : 

Hi. This isn't about Mother's Day but just to say that I really like your blog (I also checked out your other one which is also fascinating)and so you now have a new fan!


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