Herb Bouquet (and a lovely surprise)

3 Jan

I finally got around to spending some quality time with my herb garden.

I’ve really enjoyed having an abundance of Basil, Coriander, Thyme, Parsley  and Vietnamese mint at my disposal. But with the weather we’ve been having lately, hot days followed by episodes of torrential rain – the garden has totally boomed. (you’d be forgiven for thinking Melbourne had vacated somewhere tropical to drink cocktails and get a tan)

As a result my beautiful herb garden has become a little overgrown. I was too embarrassed to take a before shot – this shot was taken after some real serious pruning. It still looks like some kind of herby wilderness!

I’ve made enough Pesto to feed a small army and eaten copious amounts of Fresh Tomato and Basil salad but I can’t keep up. So I got to thinking…. what’s a quick and easy way to share this harvest with my nearest and dearest.

A herb bouquet – something that’s perhaps been done a million times before but it was a first for me. I was quite happy with how it turned out. It smelled incredible and if you cross your eyes and squint a little bit it almost looks like an actual bouquet of flowers!!

While I’ve got you I  must say a big shout out thank you to Hollie @ Too Beautiful for Earth for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. So unexpected and such a lovely surprise!

Going by the rules of this thing – here’s 7 things you may or may not know about me….

1.  I’ve worked for the same company for 9 years – which seems to be a bit unusual these days. Long service leave is just around the corner! *exciting times*

2. I’ve watched the entire series of The West Wing twice and plan on giving it a third run through in the near future – pure television brilliance.

3. I grew up in Adelaide and moved to Melbourne as a teenager. Although Adelaide will always be very dear to me Melbourne is now my home.

4. I have what I feel to be an irrational fear of ghosts. Especially considering I’ve never actually seen one. I get unexplainedly teary just listening to someone telling a ghost story. I can’t explain why, I’ve felt this way for as long as I can remember. I’d love to know for sure that ghosts aren’t real (at least in the scary-haunting-people-and-freaking them out sense) but I’ve got a sneaking suspicion they are.

5. My partner Scott and I dream of one day living on a big property and becoming reasonably self-sufficient – not 100% self-sufficient but as much as we can manage while still having a life!

6. I have been keeping a sourdough starter alive for 9 months now. I make my own bread each week and have only bought bread once or twice (in dire emergencies) since learning how to bake it myself – something I’m a more than little bit proud of!

7.  My partner and I bought our first home together 2 and a half years ago – easily the biggest, best, most incredibly fun adventure I’ve ever been a part of. So many good times.

And now for the 15 blogs I most admire, am inspired by and that give me a giggle –

In totally random order … (just like my craft-slash-junk-slash-clean washing-slash-anything else without a home spare room)

I’ll sleep when they’re grown

Walking on Travels

No Names No Pack Drill

Never done it that way before

Sew Make Believe

Too beautiful for Earth

I’ve become my parents

Joy the Baker


Handmade Life

Sugar and Stripes

Meet me at Mikes

Parenting illustrated with crappy pictures


Musings by an ND Domers Mum

The Rules of the Versatile Blogger Award

Thank the award-giver who nominated you and link back to them in your post.

Share 7 things about yourself.

Nominate 15  blogs you enjoy reading

Inform the bloggers of their nomination.

Add the Versatile Blog Award picture on your blog post


10 Responses to “Herb Bouquet (and a lovely surprise)”

  1. Kate January 3, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    Thank you so much for the award! 🙂

  2. Debbie January 4, 2012 at 5:49 am #

    Thanks for the nomination — now I know what my next post will be about!

  3. jell jell @ I'll Sleep When They're Grown January 11, 2012 at 6:49 am #

    Thank you! You are now listed in my Fake Awards Shelf page. I need to catch up on some blog love so I’ll be sure and link you when I do!

  4. courtney January 20, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    You’re lovely friend Simons just pointed me to your blog! Bookmarking this right now 🙂

    • kazualkreative January 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

      Thanks Courts! That’s so nice of you (and Simone) 🙂

  5. nonamesnopackdrill February 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    I am also irrationally petrified of ghosts! Can’t watch movies with dead people walking around… nightmare fodder. And I had a friend that used to do the sourdough thing, it’s been on my to-do list for too long. Just realised what this versatile blogger thing is so thanks so much for thinking of me! And I will get on to following up on the rules soon 🙂

    • kazualkreative February 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

      You’re very welcome! It took me a bit to work out what it was too 🙂 Have to say again – loved your last post. Laugh out loud funny! Yell out if you want any pointers on the sourdough thing – I’m definitely no technical expert but I’ve managed to keep my starter alive for almost a year now.. so I must be doing something right I reckon! 🙂

  6. diaryofachefswife February 19, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    Your herb garden looks so beautiful – full of yummy and fresh ingredients! We are thinking of growing our own mini herb garden this spring/summer since my husband has been wanting to pick his own herbs for a while now. And I guess if it gets overgrown, I’ll know to make an herb bouquet for our friends and loved ones – great idea!

    • kazualkreative February 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

      Why thankyou! 🙂 I can’t recommend having your own herb garden enough – it always feels so special to be able to pop out into the backyard and pick herbs fresh. Especially with the price of herbs at the supermarkets these days! All the best with yours!

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