Last year on Mother’s Day, my brother did one of the simplest, but sweetest, things that any of my siblings have ever done for our mum. Over the years we’ve made her plenty of scruffy cards decorated with stickers and bought her lots of chocolates. I once made her breakfast in bed, arranging some burnt marmite toast, an over-filled bowl of cheerios and a far too milky cup of tea on a tray. But, aged eleven, my brother veered off track and wowed. Using his initiative, he decided to cook her Welsh rarebit for breakfast and, to make it extra-charming, shaped it into two heart shapes. What a load of brownie points he won. He’s always been a mummy’s boy (grgh!).
Ignore my bitterness. Sibling rivalry is an essential. Plus, I’ve learnt a lot from him. In doing this, my brother showed how a small action with careful thought behind it makes a much bigger difference than something roughly done (I bought her a box of Lindor chocolates). Mums are simply the bomb. We want to help you show your mum how much you love and appreciate her, with a thoughtful and stylish gift this Mothering Sunday.
At Rosara, we’ve got a beautiful selection of items that you can choose for your mum. How about some artisan jewellery or fancy chocolate? What about buying her a beautiful, lightweight muslin scarf? Or how about a high quality ceramic mug in enchanting light cream colours? Great for your mum’s cup of coffee in the morning. If you are looking for something really special, why not a limited edition painting from Henrietta Lawson Johnson?
As with all public celebrations, there is a history behind this day. Traditionally, in the 16th century, Mothering Sunday was a time when people returned to the ‘mother’ Church where they were baptized, or attended services when they were children. This reunited families, as adults returned to towns and villages where they grew up and people were said to have gone ‘a-mothering’. It was often the only time that whole families could gather together, due to conflicting working hours. As they walked along country lanes, children would pick wild flowers or violets to take to church, or to give to their mothers. Later, it was custom for young people, working as servants in large houses, to be given a holiday on this day in order to visit their mother. They often took a gift of food or old clothing handed down by their employers. Eventually, this religious tradition evolved into the secular tradition of giving gifts to mothers. The roots of this holiday are therefore Christian, which explains why it is always celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent.
Pancakes for brunch or scones for afternoon tea are lovely ways you can treat your mum on this day. Traditionally, the simnel cake is cooked. Consisting of fruit cake with two layers of almond paste and a marzipan icing, this is a fruity and succulent treat. Why not bake this cake to serve for tea? Or, let us do the work for you, and pop in to the Yurt to sample some of Penny’s instead!
Written by Immy Higgins (who is perfecting her cheesy hearts as she writes)