People frequently ask me about the origin of my business name, Wild Thyme Orignals. As a trade name, it’s been with me since about 2000, but it’s been in my life for a lot longer than that. When I was a little girl, my mother gave me a book of Shakespeare for youngsters. The book had belonged to her as a child in 1956. It was wildly abridged, but quite appropriate for a child of 9. In it was a marvelous chapter called “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” What I remember most about this book was an illustration of a beautiful, gossamer fairy crading the neck of a half donkey, half man. What? I was fascinated! I can still see the picture when I close my eyes and think back… And a few words stuck fast in my mind as well…
I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses, and with eglantine:
There sleeps Titania some time of the night,
Lull’d in these flowers with dances and delight.
“A Midsummer-Night’s Dream” (2.1.260-5)
I’ve seen the Fairy Queen’s resting place in my imagination over and over again since then. I think it’s the place I’d most like to be if I could go anywhere real or imaginary….