Thursday, April 07, 2011

A Whole Lot of Things Going On!


Mothers Day Gift: Well Dressed Bunny by Barbara Prime

In the United Kingdom, there was a celebration called Mothering Sunday, which fell on the fourth Sunday of Lent (3 April in 2011). Most historians believe that it originated from the 16th century Christian practice of visiting one's mother church annually on Laetere Sunday which meant that most mothers would be reunited with their children on this day when young apprentices  and young women in servitude were released by their masters that weekend. As a result of secularization, it was then principally used to show appreciation to one's mother, although it is still recognized in the historical sense by some churches, with attention paid to Mary the mother of Jesus Christ.
By 1935 Mothering Sunday was less celebrated in Europe. The idea was revived by the American soldiers who came to fight in World War II who celebrated Anna Jarvis' Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May. People from Ireland and UK started celebrating Mother's Day on the fourth Sunday of Lent, the same day on which Mothering Sunday had been celebrated before it disappeared. Some traditions were revived, such as the tradition of eating cake on that day, although they now eat simnel cake, instead of the cakes that were traditionally prepared at that time.
Mothering Sunday can fall at the earliest on 1 March (in years when Easter Day falls on 22 March) and at the latest on 4 April (when Easter Day falls on 25 April).

Miss Dior Cherie

Natalie Portman is a very busy young woman. Oscar winner and awaiting her baby's birth in a few months time, she's now also the new face of Miss Dior Cherie. 

Her natural beauty really shines throughout the promotional advert   displaying a cheeky, cute side similar to Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffanys. 

 I would have never have thought of trying this scent before, but now Natalie is the new face I may just have to investigate. 

I would also like to add, whenever this advert appears on television all knitting, sewing and any other hobbies cease. I'm immobolised through awe.

James Brown London- Intensive Hair Mask

My hair is naturally curly underneath at the back and usually  my hair is chemically straightened on boards, a process that takes forever but with stunning results and super-duper straight hair- even when left to dry naturally. So without a doubt my favourite product of the moment for using between salon visits, is the aforementioned -Intensive Hair Mask by James Brown London.  I first came across the product when I received a free sample tube with a popular women's magazine and I've been hooked ever since The tube prevents you from using too much product. It smells divine -unique as floral scents go, really classy and natural- not all chemically and synthetic. It makes my hair the softest it's ever been since I was a child and the shiniest too. Not salon expensive but not so cheap you wonder what's really in it.

March Blanket Squares:  From Joy
PhotobucketThink I mentioned in a previous post that the knitting forum I am a member of has organised a blanket swap. Whereby each month we send two knitted or crocheted squares to our swap partner- person is different each month. The swap is ongoing each month of this year, by the end of the year we will each have enough squares to make  a friendship blanket for ourselves.  Which I think is very cool.
I think the squirrel square is going to be the centre piece for my blanket. :D

Squares I made for my swap partner: I think it's a done deal I will be making an owl square for my blanket. Watch this space, Lol


Day Out

My mum and I made a decisive move to take a day out yesterday, she wanted to raise my spirits and cheer me up.
However I had the deed of  driving everywhere, so I don't know how that was going to lighten my mood,  lol.

We ended up in the lovely little village of Aberfoyle.  The village lies at the heart of Loch Lomond  and  is without a doubt the most important gateway to the Trossachs and has something for everyone, including those who love old mysteries.  See below:

The Reverend Kirk

Robert Kirk, 7th son of the minister of Aberfoyle was born in 1644AD. He had a fascination and belief in the magical world of Fairies. Robert also became a minister and after preaching at Balquhidder he came to the Aberfoyle ministry. He should have been remembered as the person who provided the first translation to Gaelic of the book of Psalms, however it was the publication of his book "The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns, and Fairies" in 1861 which was to fire the imagination of historians as the Reverend Robert Kirk disappeared in mysterious circumstances.

Legend  has it that the inhabitants of the Secret Commonwealth, namely Fairies and the like were furious at the Reverend for disclosing all their secrets and they planned revenge. Daily Robert Kirk would walk from the manse to Doon Hill, one day in May 1692 he did not return. Legend tells us that at Doon hill the Fairies appeared and took him to the underground world of the Fairies. The pine tree that still exists at the summit of Doon Hill, the only evergreen on this forested hill is said to contain his imprisoned spirit.

Another part of the legend states that somehow the Reverends wife was given one chance to retrieve her husband from the Fairy kingdom. She was told that he would appear to her once during a service at the Old Kirk. When this happened she was to throw a knife at him. In the event she could not bring herself to throw the knife and so lost her husband forever.

That's one way to get rid of your husband and have a quiet life.  Lol
Do you believe in Fairies?  I do.


  1. Happy Birthday To You!!! Hope you have a wonderful day xx

  2. Thank you Pinkshoes! Had a wonderful day, very exhausting. I will post pictures on here of the celebration and what I got up to! xx


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