In the UK Mothering Sunday is a Christian Holiday, a date for people to return to their â€˜Mother (main) Churchâ€™ to celebrate the fourth Sunday of the festival of lent. It evolved to become a day when domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother church, usually with their own mothers and other family members. It was often the only time that whole families could gather together, since on other days they were prevented by conflicting working hours, and servants were not given free days on other occasions. The children would pick wild flowers along the way to place in the church or give to their mothers.
The days are getting shorter and the weather has turned colder. After a fantastic, long summer it seems that autumn is well upon us and winter fast approaching. At least the change in season also signals the end of one of those spring and summer frustrations – allergy symptoms – or does it?