Good Things Can Come in Threes…

Today is Sunday, March 26, and I have three things to crow about…

First, today is Mother’s Day in the UK, a day when I get lots of nice prezzies. This date doesn’t coincide with Mother’s Day in other countries around the world, but in Britain (in case anyone didn’t know!) we’re sticklers for tradition. And our Mother’s Day – or as it was  originally called, ‘Mothering Sunday’ – originated several hundred years ago and has gradually evolved to become what it is today, with Mums getting cards and gifts ranging from flowers, chocolates or meals out and so on…

I wrote a post about the history of Mothers’ Day two years ago, and retweeted it last year. It would probably be pushing things a bit to retweet it again but a link to the original post can be found here.

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The second thing I’m happy about is that today the clocks have moved forward an hour, putting us into British Summer Time (BST). From October to March we’re on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). In the UK the clocks go forward at 1 am on the last Sunday of March – which, from what I’ve seen on other people’s blogs, is a week or so later than in the US – or, at least, in some areas of the US.

Moving the clocks forward means a lot to me because I loathe the long, dark nights of winter and now daylight lasts an extra hour every evening! Yippee! It does mean that mornings stay dark an hour longer, but that gradually adjusts over the next few weeks. Naturally, in contrast, I whinge and moan every October when we move the clocks back and evenings get dark an hour earlier. Then it’s boo-hoo time!

Many people remember whether clocks move forward or back with this little saying, which I believe came to the UK from ‘across the pond’: Spring forward, fall back.

This is interesting because we haven’t called autumn “fall” in the UK for a few hundred years. Apparently, the word travelled to America with the early settlers and stuck, whereas its use eventually changed to autumn here. According to this site the use of the word was first found in print in 1545 in an archery instruction manual by Queen Elizabeth’s tutor Roger Ascham, who refers to autumn as faule of the leafe. 

I don’t intend to write about the reasons behind the moving backwards and forwards of clocks, other than to say it involves daylight saving time (DST) and its use has interesting origins. Perhaps I’ll write about that next year.

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My third thing to be happy about today is my latest review of Shadow of the Raven on Amazon UK. I confess, I haven’t read any books by Giles Kristian, so that’s something I’ll do as soon as I finish Book 3 of my trilogy. This is the review, which I’ve just copied from Amazon. I’ve no idea who Catherine is, but I’m very grateful for her lovely review.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read.

By catherine stelfox on 21 Mar. 2017

 Format: Kindle Edition

Well written with fabulous characterisation. I would even go so far as to say that Milli Thom is very nearly up there with Giles Kristian: Strong praise indeed. I’m eagerly looking forward to reading the next two books in the series.
Millie Thom makes every action lend weight and meaning to the story. That the author knows her subject well shows in her attention to detail.
All this contributes in making this book a thrilling reading experience, and my delight in finding a new author who can provide my ongoing cravings for a Viking fix is to be celebrated.

*****

Lovely spring… Who wouldn’t be happy at this time of year?

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About milliethom

I am a reader and writer of historical fiction with a keen interest in the Earth's history and all it involves, both physically and socially. I like nothing better than to be outdoors, especially in faraway places, and baking is something I do when my eyes need respite from my computer screen.
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14 Responses to Good Things Can Come in Threes…

  1. draliman says:

    Great, now I have to drive to work in the dark again… 😦
    Interesting that we once used “fall” over here. I always though it was an American invention.

    • milliethom says:

      I also thought ‘fall’ was an American invention until I looked it up. In fact, Louise said she thought the word was originally used in England when we were talking about it (like you do 🙂 ) some time ago. I didn’t think anymore about it until I looked it up earlier today.
      One of the objections to moving the clocks forward is that of extending the dark mornings – with increased likelihood of traffic accidents and dangers to children on the way to school.
      At least the dark mornings won’t continue for too long. 🙂

  2. anroworld says:

    What a delight to read your happy post, you spread the joy of this season! Congratulations with wonderful review to your book, dear Millie, you certainly deserve it!

  3. How exciting! Congratulations on all of the good things happening now. May the trend continue. Happy Spring.

    • milliethom says:

      Spring is always the best time for me because I really do hate the dark nights! I love the long hours of twilight we get during the summer and getting dark at 4 o’ clock in the afternoon during the winter months is something I’ve always found hard. Happy Spring, Jo!

  4. leggypeggy says:

    Wow, congratulations on all counts, but especially the review.

  5. I enjoyed your post, and you made me smile, thank you. Glad your day was a happy one. Congrats on the great review, you deserve it. 🙂 x

  6. milliethom says:

    Thank you, Lynne. It was a lovely day yesterday, and the sun was shining, too! We had a great meal out in the evening, so it was a very happy day all round. 🙂

  7. irinadim says:

    Congratulations on the great review, Millie! Glad you enjoyed your English Mother’s Day. 🙂

  8. elliebleu says:

    It sounds like you had a lovely Mother’s Day. The photo of all the spring flowers is so pretty 🙂

  9. milliethom says:

    Thanks Ellie. Spring flowers are always a joy to see, and even better when the sun shines. Unfortunately, here in the UK we have quite a lot of rainy weather in spring. 🙂

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