Old Portuguese folklore rediscovered.
Muito Obrigado for yet another wonderful story. We are flying to Porto tomorrow to begin our new life somewhere along the Costa Norte. Your posts have been both informative (our U-Crate will -- eventually -- join us in Portugal) and inspirational.
I love this story, carol! Michael and I journey next week to our new chapter on Santa Fe. I’ve got all those herbs growing on my doorstep and will package them up!
This was so beautifully written. I especially appreciate how you connected the history of herbs to your family's history. My mom and grandma are firm believers in the healing potential of Chinese herbal brews. Maybe it's time I sat down and picked their brains on the topic. :)
What a beautiful story. Thank you...this may explain the little old lady who sometimes is in front of the Mercado selling single rosemary or thyme branches.
This was fascinating to read! And your little packets of herbs look lovely.
Loved this story! Thank you for sharing it!
Carol, such a wonderful strory about your Dad and the traveling herbs. Some traditions should be carried on. I'm glad you made some safe travel packets for you and Paul.
Carol, I always learn from your writing and I really liked this piece!
Wow! Beautifully written! A pleasure to read. Check also the small bunch we collect and keep in Ascensão: Dia da Espiga - https://hortodocampogrande.pt/flores/dia-da-espiga-conheca-a-historia-e-o-simbolismo-desta-data/ and/or the other bunch for Palm Sunday: https://dias-com-arvores.blogspot.com/2005/03/domingo-de-ramos-tradies.html. And the common usage of herbs for infusions, that people pick themselves, prepare and drink.
What a lovely story and memory to have and a great tradition to carry on.