Friday 18 February 2011: The Humble Hellebore
In Stirling this weekend dropping Bob off for his half term holiday (he's very excited to be spending the week with his Nanna and Poppa)
Before leaving though it was Kay's Birthday at work, cue many chocolatey treats! and I decided to finally heave myself out of my cold induced lethargy and go for a swim. On my way to the pool I spied this lovely patch of Hellebores! I love Hellebores but they never seem to survive long in my garden. I got a few snaps of them on the way there and then took a few on the way back.
And because I watched Clash of the Titans last week (truly awful!) a little bit of Greek mythology about the Hellebore:
Melampus of Pylos used hellebore to save the daughters of the king of Argos from a madness, induced by Dionysus, that caused them to run naked through the city, crying, weeping, and screaming.
(sounds like a good thing to have around just in case)
Incidentally I have spent the last week umming and arring about doing our local triathlon, I love cycling, I do a bit of running and, when I do it, I enjoy swimming. Well whilst in the pool today I had a sudden rush of endorphins and decided I would do it! (I can't otherwise explain why I decided on such a rash course of action!)
So I am publicly committing myself to taking part in the the aforementioned athletic competition (unless they are no longer taking bookings ....) its on 17th April so not long to train but its not a big proper triathlon just a nice small one (400m swim, 20k ride and finishing with a 5k run) I should be able to manage that!) I am also going to try and raise some money for Odeys Macmillan trek to Peru