Blog Linky Party ~ BC Good Life Wednesdays

Wed 1st, Jun, 2011

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G’day and welcome to Good Life Wednesdays at my old cottage!  Come on in and smell the herbs ;-)

I am, it seems, in my Herb Phase…if you have been with me a while, you will by now, realise that this too will pass…there was the French Phase, the Prairie Phase and the Industrial Phase  all of course wrapped up with flowers and coastal things…

I suppose it is to be expected when I have lots of herbs growing in the garden now after my recent digging and planting, to bring them in…


And oh how lovely they make it in here as Winter creeps in Down Under…

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thanks so much for the recommendations you left me when I tablescaped with herbs last week of what you like to bring into your home herb wise…




errrm I guess though that’s pretty much unlimited right?



and I must say I followed exactly your lead and went out the other morning gathering lots of different herbs and brought them inside…




I am not quite sure why I have never thought about a little pot of herbs sitting on my kitchen side, easy to grab…





this one is long gone now…stuffed the whole lot in Forty Garlic chicken last night…but there’s another one there in its place already…




…by the bedside…



for this I used the little bits that I pulled off of the bottom of the stems that were going into water…

and I stuffed into little jam jars…


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and then filled the jam jars with hot water to steep the herbs



Got a big old Mason Jar



and put some in the Sitting Room…






and there are bunches hanging all around…






So if you haven’t done this before grab some herbs from your garden or buy yourself a bunch and start enjoying

Righto let’s see what you are enjoying this week?



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46 Responses to “Blog Linky Party ~ BC Good Life Wednesdays”

  1. Don’t you just love the smell of those herbs throughout your home, Sarah? Our herbs are happily growing in our garden – basil, sage, lavender, cilantro, dill, thyme, and parsley. We use them in cooking all season long – and yup – they look cute just ‘hangin’ around’, too! lol!

    Hugs ~

    xoxo laurie

  2. tami says:

    There is nothing like fresh herbs. Love the animated water pouring. Wonderful job Sarah. And they look so pretty on the table. I just picked up a little vintage box and though of putting some fresh basil inside, I tend to use it more than the other herbs. Thank you for allowing me to join in on the party, have a Wonderful Wednesday, xxx tami

  3. Marnie says:

    I’ve put herbs in jars in the kitchen, but never really thought of putting then ’round the house. What a good idea! I still haven’t picked up that chocolate mint from Bunnings yet, on the to do list for tomoz.
    Thanks for hosting again, Sarah.
    x Marnie

  4. Meg says:

    I remember being at a friend’s parents’ house in college. A bunch of us were in the kitchen talking and her mom grabbed some scissors, went outside, and came back with a little bundle of herbs. She put them in a creamer and I thought it was the most spectacular thing ever!

    ps…can’t find our link back button for the linky party…??? Where did it go?

  5. Your herb tassles are MY new favorite thing, how enchanting! So sweet and simple, and most especially fragrant!

  6. Chloe says:

    Hi, the mention of Forty Garlic Chicken stuffed with herbs sounds delicious! I would love to give it a go if you decide to post the recipe. Thanks for hosting the link party!

    • sarah says:

      thanks Chloe I am starting more regular recipes here soon…as it is something I love to do….

      first up is

      Chorizo Stew

      Forty Garlic Chicken will be second


  7. bj says:

    Lovin’ all your sweet smelling herbs and the photos are awesome.
    Thanks, Sarah, for hosting…
    xo bj

  8. They look beautiful!
    Love your photos…Ive never planted herbs but would love to…which ones smell the most pleasant?

    Deborah xo

    • sarah says:

      Deborah…I love basil, rosemary and lavender…but really anything you find is lovely


  9. Mary K says:

    Hmmm? So, do the herbs in jars smell good on their own, or does the steeping release the fragrance? Or, do you steep, dry and THEN hang?? Or, do you rub the leaves to release the fragrance?? /Sorry, inquiring minds want to know.

    Thank you – they all LOOK good – I’m just curious about getting the benefit of the fragrance as well.

    Mary in MN

    • sarah says:

      thank you Mary

      the steeping brings the fragrance out in the room…the ones I steep are just the bottoms of the ones I have hung or put in jars…

      …I dry them without steeping first by just bundling with string and hanging..


  10. Kirsty says:

    Yum! I love fresh herbs!

  11. Awesome pics and lovin’ all your fresh herbs ! I can almost smell the sweet fragrance !!:)
    Thanks for hosting :)

  12. Jacqueline says:

    This is so simple, beautiful, and clever. Wonderful photos.

  13. I love all the green in your photos! I can imagine how wonderful these herbs smell. Your simple arrangements in the plain glass jars are so fresh and perfect. Great pics! :)

  14. Love the herbs in jars. I’ve got gardenias in a mason jar in front of the kitchen window right now, and every time a breeze comes through I get a whiff of them…LOVE the smell! As for herbs…I saw orange mint and chocolate mint in the farmers’ market this week…think I need to plant some of those!

  15. you always have beautiful photos to show!! thanks so much for hosting this party every week.

  16. I have herbs growing outside…going to copy you and bring some in and not just for cooking!

  17. amy says:

    Wow – what gorgeous photos! I’m not a good cook so don’t use herbs very often but they look lovely!
    Please visit my blog – i’ve got a giveaway on at the moment!

    Have a great day!
    love from

  18. Rachael says:

    in my apartment i unfortunately have nowhere to plant herbs nor do i know how long i’ll actually be living in Australia, but i will say i tackily ate the leaves off the mint in my champagne julep this past Saturday in darling harbour… lol

  19. Zosia says:

    It must be so fragrant in your house now that I could probably smell it here if I didn’t have this giant cold :-).

  20. Thanks for hosting Sarah…you do have the best ideas!!!
    Your photos always inspire me!!

  21. Giulia says:

    This is great, I never thought of using herbs across the house, except for lavender. My favourite are sage and rosemary, I love the smell of them in the kitchen.

  22. Poppy says:

    Such amazing pictures…your photography is always so beautiful… I loved all the whites and the herb greens… such a wonderful idea of putting them in mason jars and displaying sweet smelling herbs around your house. Loved the animated ‘water pouring’ picture. Beautiful herbs, lovely post! Thanks for being a gracious hostess each week.~Poppy


  23. Oh, your herbs look (and probably smell!!!) amazing!!! I’m jealous…I have a brown thumb…:(

    Thank you so much for hosting!!!

  24. Sibylle says:

    like the pictures! I bet your whole house smells wonderful!

  25. Nif says:

    Just found your site today… I love beach living {on my dream list}, and your pictures are beautiful! I will be visiting often. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Lovely as always. I can smell all the herbs as I am reading your post. I have the exact same basket as you have sitting on your table. Mine is a laundry basket my Dad found at a yard sale probably over 20 years ago. Unbelievable!

  27. Marcia says:

    Happy Good Life Wednesday Sarah! Thank you for hosting. I have finally started my herb garden here in California. I love to make a big jug of ice water with lavender, mint, blueberries, lemon and cucumber. It’s so refreshing! Have a great week, Marcia

  28. Cricket says:

    Sarah~ Amazing photos and herb garden!!
    Where do you find the time!!!
    You are such a breath of fresh air every time I visit!

  29. Lovely images…..have a great week Sarah. I am excited about joining the party with my pictures from a trip to Alaska last week.

  30. nothing like the smell of fresh herbs! lemmon, garlic and parsley baked chicken=yum!

  31. Lori-Anne says:

    Your house must smell wonderful! I’m in love with your curtains, btw! I’m guessing Anthro?

  32. Laura says:

    I know I always tell you this, but, your pictures blow me away. Just beautiful. Better than picking up a mag any day! Oh, and I always have a jar of herbs at hand… useful and pretty! Lx

  33. Jadyn says:

    Lovely – wish I could smell them! I have a small bunch of lavender from our garden tied to our shower…it doesn’t have a smell anymore, but it still makes me smile.

  34. Kris@ HipChicGypsies says:

    Thanks for a wonderful blog and hosting this linky party, I will be realaxing tonight with a cup of camomile & spearmint tea reading through some of these blogs (not sure how far I will get as this herbal infusion is tranquillizing ;)

  35. Serendipity says:

    I’m glad I am not the only one who goes through these addictive phases! It’s funny how once you start on something such as this you find yourself so totally engrossed. Your photos are so inspiring makes me feel like returning to my “herb” phase myself!!

  36. Flights Search says:

    I want to try one of this tips for this summer season. I love this topic. Nice traveling to this blog with holiday packages.

  37. Sarah, I really love your photos, so full of light and brightness…This must be Australian sun:). We’ve been also inspired by harbs, please have a look at our herb garden collection at Galeria Dekodom:
    or on our blog:
    Love, Bea

  38. Honey says:

    I’m inspired by your blog and all wonderful bloggers who have linked here. I’m happily your newest follower!

  39. John says:

    wow these photos are amazing! Seriously inspiring.
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    It is updated daily with the best that British Columbia has to offer.
    Thanks !