About the Wild Thyme Fairy

To the best of my knowledge I have never found Wild Thyme but then again, I have never looked for it. Until now. Thanks to a violent encounter with a railway sleeper in 2010, I am enduring a period of enforced convalescence while my face rebuilds so have taken the time to stop and examine my surroundings in a little more detail. I am an avid foodie and love cooking. My husband, Captain Ahab, is a fanatical narrowboater.

Foraging has given me a focus for my recovery, an aim while aboard Wand’ring Bark, our 42 1/2 foot narrowboat and a new lease of life in the kitchen. Plus I just love the idea that it is possible to get something for nothing. Well, alright, something for a bit of effort.

My other notable obsession is Shakespeare. I am meant to be studying an MA in Shakespeare and Theatre with hopes of one day completing a PhD but all that is currently on hold. There isn’t a character in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream called Wild Thyme but if there were, I like to think she would have been a six-foot tall tornado of chaos who crashed about the hedgerows creating a stir wherever she went. She would probably have worn Doc Martens too and looked nothing like this:

but I can only work with the material provided, *sigh*.

Anyway, I look forward to sharing this blog with you. I intend it to be about the canals and rivers, the hedgerows and parks, the wild food and recipes. With a bit of luck it will be around for a while and I won’t poison us all on during my early attempts at identification!


4 thoughts on “About the Wild Thyme Fairy

  1. Hello Belle,
    I am a medicinal herbalist and over here in America we often refer to foraging as wild crafting. I wild craft tincture of Arnica which is a Goddess send when one has sore muscles or torn soft tissue. It pulls white blood cells to the injury site and helps it heal, taking down the swelling, and healing the bruising.

    I also forage and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to do so while visiting for three weeks beginning May 21st. I am looking for nettles which my fiance Les (NB Valerie) tells me are in plentiful supply–and Comfrey.

    Nettles are a really good spring tonic for low energy amongst many other things. Picked with latex gloves and blanched in very hot water for one minute, they lose their sting. They can be added to vinegar for a healthful splash on a salad, or dried, and frozen like fresh spinach and then layered into lasagna or quiche; they can be dried and sprinkled into soups, stews ans sauces and you won’t need any salt. Delicious!!

    Comfrey is one of my favorites as well. It is also called knit bone because that is exactly what it does as well as soothe smooth muscle distress (intestinal pain) as a tea.

    I’m also looking for burdock root.

    Thank you for sharing your joys and journeys. I look forward to following your blog.
    May you heal well soon!

    • Hi Jacqueline, what a fantastically informative comment! Thank you so much for taking the time to do this. I am healing well at last, but will enjoy adding some nettles into my diet – they are VERY plentiful at the moment! Enjoy your time over here at the end of the month & happy foraging đŸ™‚

      • My mother was Cicely Mark Barker’s Wild Thyme Fairy. I always love looking at the picture. We always called our NB Wild Thyme but now there are so many on the river that it has lost its “specialness” for us.

  2. Hi there going to try your chuntney, like you have limited resources due to being housebound, and abundance of wild yellow plums in garden…..housebound simply because my house is constantly broken into if I am not here…..such is life

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