JUD0607 – Family weekend
The older I get the more I enjoy spending time with ‘my people’ so on Saturday we took the kids swimming and on Sunday we went to a ‘real hike’ again, to the mountains. Turns out that one of our girls has a vertigo in the chair lift and the other one is addicted to beach balls (which she tries to steal).
On the topic of the local flora, we walked along a meadow with Alpine orchids or Knabenkräuter. In Greek mythology, Orchis was the son of a nymph and a satyr. During a celebratory feast for Bacchus, Orchis committed the sacrilege of attempting to rape a priestess, resulting in his being torn apart by wild beasts, then metamorphosing into this slender and modest plant.
And since we are in ancient Greece, lets look at the etymology of another name: Windröschen (Anemone). Apparently, the anemone sprang from the tears of Venus when she wept for Adonis:
Where streams his blood there blushing springs a rose
And where a tear has dropped, a windflower blows.
5 km walking/hiking/stroller pushing….