Hello again!

November 18, 2017

Sorry folks, it’s been a while! This is the first of our blogs since our old blogging site unfortunately closed down earlier in the year.

 

We’re feeling grateful for another lovely year with lots of great families, reiki practitioners, family, friends and guests coming to visit.

 

Belcho, our puppy who is now 2 years old,  has become a little star with all the kids and even got a postcard from one of his fans!

It’s been a prolific year for the other sort of kid too. Do you remember Monnie and Dennie, our 2 goats?  Well, they are now 6 years old and we thought we might be retiring them this year but what do you know – they had 5 kids, 3 males and two females.  We’ve kept the two females so this is our first winter to have 4 goats.  The two younger ones started going out with the shepherd in September and had to wear little ties to be sure he would recognise them and they are already pregnant.  Fast work with  old billy!

 

A big hit was the Bulgarian singing holiday in Spring.   Stela and Mitko did an amazing job and their students learned 5 songs over 3 days.  Yuliana and the village choir were delighted to host them for a fimal concert in the village bar.

Farm life continues with arrival of the compost, new raised beds, chutneying, making perry with our amazing pear harvest and all that good stuff!!

Best surprise of the year was a secret cinema for Chris’ birthday in the park opposite.  For a few days before the event, Paul helped put up the massive screen, made some new artistic entrance gates and a bbq.  This was all going on under Chris’ nose but luckily he didn’t notice until 5 minutes before we kicked off!  Great wee evening with our 70 year old neighbours giggling down the back with their cups of popcorn and sweeties!

 

And still so beautiful here in all seasons! 

Shepherding

June 10, 2015

ShepherdingOur friend and great helper, Alper, from Turkey spent a day with our village shepherd.  The old tradition of taking animals to pasture is still alive and well here in Bulgaria.

Wild Thyme Eco RetreatAlper took our goats, Dennie and Monnie, down to meet the herd as usual in the morning and then spent the day wandering the fields with Razim.  It helped that Razim is Turkish Bulgarian so he and Alper could chat in Turkish.

Village flockThey hung about under trees in the shade; met with other shepherds; made a fire to cook lunch; rallied the flock; and kept an eye on the sheep dogs who protect the animals from wild dogs and wolves.

 

Herbal Healing: Agrimony

February 6, 2015

Agrimony

To whet our appetites for the Herbal Healing Course in May this year, here’s a little information about one of the herbs we shall meet along the way.  There are still a few places left on the course.  Contact us to book.

This is Agrimony (agrimonia eupatoria, also known as cocklebur, church steeples, tea plant, catch as catch can, furr burr). There are several subspecies Fragrant Agrimony (agrimonia procera) and Bastard Agrimony.

It is a perennial and grows in dry grassy places between June and August. You may know it by the sticky burrs.

Its uses are primarily to stop all sort of bleeding. It also aids the liver and digestive system and can help with problems in the urinary tract and will ease the pain of kidney stones, IBS and chronic systitis.  In children it can help with bed wetting, anxious potty training and incontinence in the elderly.

It helps with stress, tension and pain by restoring balance and releasing constricted energy.

On our herbal healing course, we will learn how to collect agrimony; how best to dry it; and how to make it into various types of medicine, samples of which you can take home with you.  The course will be led by UK herbalist, Frances Wright of Green Lane Herbs, a herbalist with over 20 years experience.

Trip Advisor Award 2015

January 23, 2015

Award 2015

We are so pleased and amazed. We just heard that we were selected as the Tripadvisor Traveller’s Choice no 1 bed and breakfast/guesthouse in Bulgaria. Thanks to all our amazing guests who took the time to write reviews for us. It’s wonderful that our little eco-retreat has been acknowledged like this! For full details, click here.
#TravelersChoice2015

Local herbs

September 19, 2014

Herbal Medicine Course Bulgaria

This summer we had a wonderful visit from herbalist, Francis Wright.  She was amazed by the proliferation of herbs and wild flowers here in Spring and taught us lots about their various healing properties.  We also learned to make tinctures and are building up a little store of herbal medicines to use for ourselves and friends.

Wild Flowers Bulgaria

Francis has promised to come back and join us in June 2015 to teach a course in identification and use of local herbs.  We will be working with local women to share knowledge and experience.   If you are interested in joining Francis for the course, please email us (hello@wildthymefarm.org).

Wild Thyme Organic Farm & Eco-holiday, Kliment Ohridski 9, Palamartsa 7850, Popovo, Bulgaria; hello@wildthymefarm.org; Ph: (00359) 0876562746 or (00359) 0877383790