A baby asked God, "They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?"
"Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you."
The child further inquired, "But tell me, here in heaven I don't have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy."
God said, "Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you. And you will feel your angel's love and be very happy."
Again the child asked, "And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don't know the language?"
God said, "Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak."
"And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?"
God said, "Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray."
"Who will protect me?"
God said, "Your angel will defend you even if it means risking it's life."
"But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore."
God said, "Your angel will always talk to you about Me and will teach you the way to come back to Me, even though I will always be next to you."
At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, "God, if I am to leave now, please tell me my angel's name."
"You will simply call her, 'Mom.'"
A Happy Mother's Day to all our PD moms!
Beautiful, Sandy! Happy Mother's Day to all of our Moms and Grandmoms!
I know it is Mother's Day, and I wish you mother's a lovely and jolly happy day, and long may mother's day continue for you mom's/mum's, however, this does mean you can have a day off, for the last few hours I received nothing in the way post, please ensure that I receive something by return of post thank you, love you all, Ray
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Ray, you got it. Thank you for the Mother's Day remembrance and I will try to get some things posted today. Just a quiet day but nice. I got a beautiul bouquet of mixed spring flowers from a special man in my life and then a beautiful plant from my son-in-law and grandchildren. A nice day all around.
Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Lent. Although it's often called Mothers' Day it has no connection with the American festival of that name.
Traditionally, it was a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother and family.
Today it is a day when children give presents, flowers, and home-made cards to their mothers.
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.
Children of the Gospel
Another thought is that the name comes from one of the Bible readings for that day, which refers to motherhood in a different way.
But the Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all,
The writer of the text wanted to explain to the Galatian community what their relationship as Christians was to the Jewish Law.
In the full passage (Galatians 4:21-31), the two children born by Hagar and Sarah to Abraham are seen as symbolising two promises from God.
One is the Law (or Torah), which is restraining and earthly. The other is the Gospel, which is spiritual and liberating. The Galatians are told to regard themselves as children of Gospel.
The attitude that the passage displays to Judaism is uncomfortable to modern readers, but made perfect sense to its intended audience at the time it was written.
Mothering Sunday was also known as Refreshment Sunday because the fasting rules for Lent were relaxed that day.
Originally, both Old and New Testament lessons on mid-lent Sunday made a point of food.
The Gospel reading from the New Testament told the story of how Jesus fed five thousand people with only five small barley loaves and two small fish.
Now there was much grass in the place; so the men sat down, in number about five thousand. Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted.
The food item specially associated with Mothering Sunday is the Simnel cake.
A Simnel cake is a fruit cake with two layers of almond paste, one on top and one in the middle.
The cake is made with 11 balls of marzipan icing on top representing the 11 disciples. (Judas is not included.) Traditionally, sugar violets would also be added.
The name Simnel probably comes from the Latin word simila which means a fine wheat flour usually used for baking a cake.
There's a legend that a man called Simon and his wife Nell argued over whether the cake for Mothering Sunday should be baked or boiled. In the end they did both, so the cake was named after both of them: SIM-NELL.
Simnel cake was traditionally given by servant girls to their mothers when they returned home on Mothering Sunday.
100g/4oz glacé cherries
225g/8oz butter, softened
225g/8oz light muscovado sugar
4 large eggs
225g/8oz self-raising flour
50g/2oz chopped candied peel
2 lemons, grated zest only
2 tsp ground mixed spice
For the filling and topping
Preheat the oven to 150C/280F/Gas 2. Grease and line a 20cm/ 8in cake tin.
Cut the cherries into quarters, put in a sieve and rinse under running water. Drain well then dry thoroughly on kitchen paper.
Place the cherries in a bowl with the butter, sugar, eggs, self-raising flour, sultanas, currants, candied peel, lemon zest and mixed spice and beat well until thoroughly mixed. Pour half the mixture into the prepared tin.
Take one-third of the marzipan and roll it out to a circle the size of the tin and then place on top of the cake mixture. Spoon the remaining cake mixture on top and level the surface.
Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 2½ hours, or until well risen, evenly brown and firm to the touch. Cover with aluminium foil after one hour if the top is browning too quickly. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes then turn out, peel off the parchment and finish cooling on a wire rack.
When the cake is cool, brush the top with a little warmed apricot jam and roll out half the remaining marzipan to fit the top. Press firmly on the top and crimp the edges to decorate. Mark a criss-cross pattern on the marzipan with a sharp knife. Form the remaining marzipan into 11 balls.
Brush the marzipan with beaten egg and arrange the marzipan balls around the edge of the cake. Brush the tops of the balls with beaten egg and then carefully place the cake under a hot grill until the top is lightly toasted.
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Ray, you shared one that I have actually had before and I do like it a great deal. A lot of people don't like the candied peel, but I have always liked it. I have always wanted the recipe, so thank yoiu for sharing this and about Mothering Sunday.
Thank you for this special Mother's Day gift as that recipe and the history are such a nice gift.
Linda, you will want a plate or a Cake Stand to put you cake on, as you in Stoke-on-Trent is well known around world the for their Pottery, I have found a really nice plate that I gave to my mum many years ago
You cannot eat eat off it, as the plate is made from Jasper, it is really for display purposes, I will therefore give you a cake stand this made from bone china OCR the patten is called please see below, you may have to cut you first, however,
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Ray, what fun reading through your comments and pics! Thank you for sharing this with us especially the history. Stoke-on-Trent seems like a lovely town. Do you have tourists visiting the pottery shop?
LOVE the stovetop above!
there is a vistors centre's around Stoke-on-Trent the Pottery is outstanding, they don't just make tableware however, the figrine's are also in a class of their own,
Diane looks simply divine in a deep pink off-the-shoulder gown that is decorated with paler pink lace and six creamy-pink roses. She carries a cream purse that is a delicate shell shape which is decorated with a pink ribbon, as is the single slipper that peeps from beneath her skirts. A stunning figurine from Coalport's Ladies of Fashion Collection. Sadly Coalport no longer produce figurines.
Linda is from the Coalport Ladies of Fashion Collection. The Collection includes many beautiful figurines all in elegant gowns with matching accessories and jewellery. Linda is shown seated in a cornflower blue dress which is prettily decorated at the bodice with a raised floral design in pink. She wears matching long evening gloves and her jewellery completes her stunning outfit.
this figrine is named Kate, again made in Stoke-on-Trent all together I have a total of 300plus Figrines this includes all the Kings and Queens of England that have been made including Henry VIII and his 6 Wives,
Oh, Ray, what an incredible collection that would have to be. Do they have Prince William and Princess Kate and now Prince George? I would think adding them would be high on the list. How about Princess Diane? These are wonderful. About how much do they cost, as a whole?
Now Diane, yes, that stove top is wonderful, but how about the bank of ovens on the wall behind....that would be wonderful any time but especially holiday time. I could bake up a storm.
Ray, I do have to get a cake stand as they would be wonderful for so many things as well; assorted cookies, cupcakes; I can see that it would be the perfect way to display the cakes, too.
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the above figrine was made by Coal Port in around 1980-1981, this is one of many, but not only was there figrines made, also display Plate, please see below
other figrines and Items have been made, and when there is a Royal Event be it Marriage, or a New Born, or anything to do the Queen this is big business for Stoke-on-Trent in more ways than one, Pottery is a collectors items and in time that price will go up even when the Figrine has retired as it know in Stoke, when it unobtainable this means the Figrine is retired,
Brings back memories of pottery shopping in England. Thank you so much for the recipes and the story behind Mothering Sunday.
I spent a quiet day, also, yesterday with my husband and daughter. I have beautiiful flowers from both of them.
Ray, I do have some pieces of pottery from the U.K. handed down throught my Great-Great Grandfather. The factory marks on them are from Worcester Factory and as I understand were produced right before they merged and became Kerr & Binns and before they became Royal Worcester. They have been in our family since the 1800's and I have no idea the appraised value, I just know that the family has always passed them down and my great-grandmother gave them to my grandmother who gave them to my mother and as my mother's eldest daughter, I inherited them. They have always gone to a daughter so now they are my daughter's and she has them in a special glass display case that my grandfather had made for them while they were my grandmothers.
I also have some pottery from Ireland. My son brought me some china from Germany, as well. I also have some Royal Stafford (a complete tea set and guess what Ray, there is the 3 tier cake stand; it made my day). I had not unpacked it from when my sister had brouight it to me and decided today was the day). I am so excited Ray; there are the tea cups, saucers, cake serving plates and then the tea pot, cream and sugar and then the cake stand.
Well, it is now out and I really love it. You just made my day, Ray. You posted this and it got me to thinking and I remembered that box that has moved so many times and across the country without my ever unpacking it. My grandfather had given it to my aunt to see that I got it as it was right aftermy grandmother and then my mother passed away. My aunt gave it to my sister and she just never remembered to get it to me until she moved and found the box. Well, it is now mine and what a wonderful surprise.
Sorry everyone, you don't have to read this, I just wanted Ray to know.
Linda, Royal Worcester. is very sort after, I hope you don't use the ware for every day use, the factory is in the County of Worcester, and I believe they also have a Factory in Canada, over the years there as been a down turn in Pottery in so much many Factories have closed or joined other Factories in a Group,
-Royal Worcester was a Member of the Spode Group until 2008 when Spode was brought out by Portmeirion at the same time Royal Worcester came under Portmeirion also along with Crown Derby, Pottery Firms do this to keep the name alive,
Wedwood brought Share in Royal Doultons, and another Pottery Firm call Aynsley Chinabrought out Beswicks Pottery who were very well known for the Animals Figrines, the Horses and wildlife had be brought to life as you see below
In relation to the Royal Worcester ware you have keep it safe, I was looking around at the old Wedgwood ware in their visitor centre some time ago, a Sauce Boat and Stand was priced by an Antique Dealer at £6000,00,
when buying Pottery never buy with a back stamp Made in the EU, this not in any way says it is made in England, buy with back stamp Made in England
Many jobs went abroad the share holders paid the price, slowly the firms are returning back home to the UK,
Beautiful pics, Ray. I have a small collection of Lladro. While In Wales, I completed my Stuart crystal....years and years ago!
Ray, would never sell as this is part of our family heirlooms; special things passed down from one generation to the next. All is in a very special glass display case that my grandfather made for my grandmother and is part of the heirloom collection. I also have a bone china chocolate set; the tall thin pitcher with a lid and then cups and saucers.
I will remember that about the stamp, too. So Worcester has merged a number of times it appears. The pieces I have apparently were from when they were a company on their own before their first merger. They are really, really old Ray and so beautiful.
No, they have never been used for everyday use at all; at least not since my grandmother inherited them.
Should I keep the Stafford china set for display and not use it? It does have the Made in England stamp.
Want it can't, have it, far too big, tried to talk my wife into it, but keeps refusing, never mind maybe oneday, who know's
Linda, in relation to Royal Stafford, I have found the website, and production started around 1906, your Tea Set I would advise that you could take it to an
Crystal is very much the same as Pottery, be it Stuart crystal or Waterford crystal, or even Royal Daulton, they are all collectable,
just 4 figrines of many that were made by Royal Worcester Factory
How beautiful, Ray. For some reason I didn't get the notification about this so just found it and it these are so beautiful.