Linky Party ~ Good Life Wednesday

Wed 20th, Jul, 2011

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We are home from Western Australia and pleased to be back in our old cottage…

Renovation planning has started and back-to-reality life has started already…and I am chasing my tail already…hmmm, not sure quite how that happened…it seems like only a few hours ago I was lying back in a spa gazing at the stars ;-)

So just a quick hello from me today and welcome to Good Life Wednesday

…my Good Life this week is about the goings on in my garden…


when you arrive home after dark, in the cold of Winter and before you do anything else go out to check on your herbs, vegies, bulbs and flowers by torchlight you know you may well have a problem… ;-)

That is exactly the first thing I did, after the long flight from Perth and the taxi ride home…

all was well, my lovely neighbour, she of pool-building fame, watered all my salads, herbs, flowers and seeds while we were away and I was eager to see how it was all doing…

…suffice to say everything is thriving and green and our first night home, having nothing much but pasta, parmesan in the cupboards and a garden full of salad and herbs, it was just oh-so-wonderful to be able to pick fresh from out there…I know I keep going on about it but it’s true…neither of us had the energy to even think about take-away we were that tired…so the unexpectedness of fresh stuff in our own backyard after a day travelling was wonderful..


sooooo, a gardening post coming up soon, I hope you are interested in my gardening adventures…to be honest it is giving me a whole lot of pleasure right now and we have extended the very small patch that I started with all the way down to the shed and a lot more things have gone in….I am willing these next few weeks of Winter to fly by so I can get tomatoes and summery things in…I have read that in Sydney, in a sun-drenched warm spot (which I have plenty of in my garden) tomatoes will go right through the Winter her so I may just stick one in anyway…

as I was down on my knees in the undergrowth with the torch I spied these little babies….love love love snowdrops…




I thought they’d go nicely with my new vintagey milk bottle.



Anyway I had better be off…back soon, I have got so much to show and tell you, just need time people, it’s those pesky kiddos and their sport again I tell you… :-)

…hopefully some Beach Cottage shop news soon too!




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25 Responses to “Linky Party ~ Good Life Wednesday”

  1. Catie says:

    Welcome home Sarah!! Thanks for hosting too. : ) It’s soo funny to hear you talk about winter while I’m enjoying summer here in Calgary, Ab, Canada. I WISH our winter was as warm and snow free as yours. And once again, beautiful pics!! ~ Catie

  2. loulou says:

    Hi Sarah,


    just simplicity at it’s best.

    I luuuuurve the colour the bottles give off.

    To me it’s a blue-green shade. I call it Seafoam.

    I did a post on it yesterday actually.

    thank you – good luck with the schedule


  3. Love the bottles. When I have my dining table actually back I’ll be copying this idea right away.

  4. Welcome home!
    Sounds that you had a lovely time in Parth:)
    Love the bottles and your shots are stunning as always! Looking frwd to your garden posts!:)


  5. Marnie says:

    Thanks for hosting, Sarah. Glad you’re back safe n’ sound.
    x Marnie

  6. Eileen says:

    Hi Sarah, Loving the idea of picking some fresh veggies straight from the garden. Especially after a long trip. I can appreciate that enjoyment 100 %. I have a bag of fresh green beans just picked today from my daughter’s garden, and some yummy strawberries out of my back yard.
    We have the absolute best tomatoes here in New Jersey, but they are only good in July and August. So good in fact we eat tomato sandwiches. Just salt pepper and mayo with tomato on bread. So good. I’m excited to follow your gardening escapades. I love a sweet garden. Thanks for hosting this party once again.

  7. Welcome home. You will be settled in no time with all your energy. Happy to be here again this week. Thanks.

  8. bj says:

    So glad you had such a nice vacation. Welcome home, Sarah…:))
    Love your bottles and snowdrops..and can’t wait to see your garden.
    xo bj

  9. I love the simplicity of the bottles, beautiful. Thanks for hosting this party….always so much inspiration from your blog! :)

  10. Looking forward to your gardening stories.

  11. Beautiful, it seems so strange to me that you have salad growing at the same time as Snowdrops, my Snowdrops are usually surrounded by snow!. anyway your meal sounded wonderful, there is nothin like home grown, you should try early potatoes, there is nothing like it :) x

  12. Zosia says:

    Welcome home! Love the snowdrops.

  13. Alison says:

    Hi Sarah, yep it is nice to get home from a holiday. I have a veg garden and love picking in the afternoon for dinner fresh tast so good. Oh and the tomato plant, I have a self seeded cherry tomato out behind my back fence covered in flowers cant wait to be picking tomatos in the middle of winter.

  14. Annette says:

    Dear Sarah,
    What a beautiful blog you have – I always get that feeling of summer vacation, when I read it. Strange how you write about winter, with flowers, salad and tomatoe plants as the only residents in our garden in winter are the snow sleighs of the children and a lot of snow.
    Greetings from Germany!

  15. As usual, your photos just blow me away…they are so lovely. Thank you so much for hosting! I hope you have a wonderful rest-of-your-week!

  16. Welcome home. It sounds like you had a lovely trip. How fast we can leave a relaxing vacation and get back to our busy lives. I am looking forward to hearing about and seeing your garden.

  17. Kerry Rossow says:

    Gardening used to just be a way for me to share something with my father. Now…I find that I just love it. Hours can pass while I am elbow deep in dirt.
    Thank you for hosting such a lovely party!
    Kerry at housetalkn.blogspot.com

  18. sibylle says:

    great inspiration!

  19. So simple and lovely. Bottles and flowers

  20. hi sarah.

    i’m afraid gardening has lost its charms on me these days. mainly because of the size of our property (wayyyyyyy too big) and the fact that weed pulling no longer has therapeutic effects (it used to actually calm me down, now it inspires cursing).

    i was sooooooo excited to find your limoncello post, and can i just say: you consistently win me over with your generosity of spirit, authenticity, and beyond glorious photography! it was like i had no choice and immediately went hunting for organic lemons and a vodka i was sure wouldn’t wreck me with a hangover. i guess the trick is the WAITING…am i right? cannot wait to taste its goodness. thank you so much for this lovely lovely blog!


  21. Poppy says:

    Welcome back, Sarah and thanks for hosting. It’s nice to hear you are picking herbs from your garden in winter… wish we could do that, it would have been wonderful if it were ever possible…loved how you displayed those milk bottles…. so refreshing and pretty. Looking forward to seeing more of your garden. Have a great week!~Poppy


  22. Good Wednesday to you, Sarah! Gorgeous pics. Looking forward to seeing your gardening adventures. Thanks for hosting.

  23. Welcome back. I visited Perth fr the Travel Australian Business Show in 2000 and have some lovely memories of my trip there. Thanks for hosting another lovely party. Take care Anu

  24. bianca says:

    I am so looking forward to reading about your gardening adventures, I live in a bayside apartment so I will just have to watch your garden grow till I buckle in and move to the country!!

  25. I’ve tried starting tomatoes from seed in August, but here in Western Sydney, it’s a fraction too early and they don’t grow well. Your climate is a bit milder than mine, so perhaps you could manage it!