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Happy Mothering Sunday to all who celebrate this occasion today!
This is a compilation image of St Giles Church in Durham (taken by my husband) and some flowers (taken by myself).

History of Mothering Sunday:

Most Sundays in the year churchgoers in England worship at their nearest parish or ‘daughter church’.

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. (It was quite common in those days for children to leave home for work once they were ten years old.)

And most historians think that it was the return to the ‘Mother’ church which led to the tradition of children, particularly those working as domestic servants, or as apprentices, being given the day off to visit their mother and family.

As they walked along the country lanes, children would pick wild flowers or violets to take to church or give to their mother as a small gift.


My name is Carol Bleasdale and I have been interested in photography and art since I was very young.

For my more recent work I am now combining my love of art and photography to produce Fine Art images and portraits.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you like what you see!

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  • Carol Bleasdale
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  • Rivendell7
    Rivendell7almost 2 years ago

    Beautiful image indeed, Carol, and just right for today! Love the superimposed colours, really effective!

  • Thanks Dave, it just all seemed to fall into place

    – Carol Bleasdale

  • Malcolm Chant
    Malcolm Chantalmost 2 years ago

    You have worked on this image so very well Carol it’s beautiful

  • Thanks so much Malcolm

    – Carol Bleasdale

    JUSTARTalmost 2 years ago


  • Thank you

    – Carol Bleasdale

  • billfox256
    billfox256almost 2 years ago

    Mother’s day here usually comes in May!!!! This is a beautiful remembrance !!!! Bill

  • I think they are two separate things Bill – our official title is Mothering Sunday (see narrative above) but it has been shortened to Mothers Day now. Either way, it’s a great day to get a little spoiled by the family!

    – Carol Bleasdale

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...almost 2 years ago

    A lovely composition dear Carol.x

  • Thank you Catherine x

    – Carol Bleasdale

  • aprilann
    aprilannalmost 2 years ago

  • Thank you so much

    – Carol Bleasdale

  • Christina Brundage
    Christina Brun...almost 2 years ago

    That is stunning, Carol. I love the write-up too – we have Mother’s Day in a couple of months, but no tradition associating it with church.

  • Thanks so much Christina. This day is so special x

    – Carol Bleasdale

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