Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Mothering Sunday


The title Mothering Sunday, rather than Mothers’ day is a nod to my late mother in law. She’d no time for the latter as  for as far as she was concerned, it has it roots in commerce not religion.


As you might imagine, its been a bit of a melancholy one for me. But is has been a beautiful spring day.


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Joe knows what he thinks of Mothering Sunday, he ‘pot washes’ at the village pub at the weekend. Today he and his shift mate washed up for four chefs and 110 covers.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

5 thoughts on “Mothering Sunday

  1. At least you could celebrate the day by being a mother yourself, with one of the sons at home. I hope he fitted in making you a card or something. I was treated to an entire day in the garden, with no domestics at all. Wonderful, but I’m a bit stiff today.

    I have just spent a very enjoyable quarter hour looking at all your photos on Flickr. What a fantastic collection! Nearly every picture is memorable. There’s some pretty fancy focusing going in the bird and flower photos. I love the cat with his tongue out. I’ll check your Flickr page again. Keep looking out for new photo opportunities.

    • Thanks Joss, a long career working in flowers has rather tainted my relationship with Mothers day and valentines day! It was low key, I had some lovely messages from friends,who were thinking of me just because it was my first mothers day without a mum.
      Glad you like the photos, I’m off out with some arty friend on Saturday for the day, photography will be my medium of choice

  2. I agree with your mother-in-law, and sadly it’s the same with everything nowadays. `Your last sentence made me smile, in sympathy I might add. xx

  3. I’m glad you had a lovely spring day for Mothering Sunday. I like the name – it makes me think I should have called the Firefighter to do a little constructive mothering . . . ask how he and the Lady Alicia are doing, make sure they’re eating their vegetables, inquire after the granddogs. Hmm. Wonder how that would go over.

    I explored the hospitality birbals and concluded that I am simply unequipped to go out in polite company anymore. But then I realized that it’s fine. No one who makes a habit of going out with me would be likely to notice.

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