Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme….

Heavy Metal, Rocking Dog

Heavy Metal

These words are from the lyrics of the traditional English song“Scarborough Fair”.In 1966 the song was revived by Simon and Garfunkel. “Are you going to Scarborough Fair? Parsley, sage, rosemary, & thyme. Remember me to one who lives there, she once was a true love of mine”…

The time has come for some self sufficiency, so I have been planting herbs to avoid the exorbitant cost of piddly little supermarket packets! Indeed I have planted Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, together with Bay, Mint, Basil, Oregano and Caraway. There are also plantings of Dill, Fennel and Angelica, Chives, Sorrel and Coriander.

Over the years I have accumulated various tin buckets, watering cans and baths. These are perfect for growing herbs, never seem to age, are indestructable by frost and look good when amassed with old terracotta pots. I also love my roll top bath, which came from an Undertaker’s. When we were living in Chippenham in the late 80’s I spied the forsaken bath from a bedroom window. I cheekily asked the neighbouring Undertaker’s whether I could buy the bath. A few £’s later Andyman and I were lifting the extraordinarily heavy bath across the gardens of five properties to finally reach ours. Since then it has done four more house moves and gone through numerous colour changes, with another one beckoning! There is another bath story but that can wait until another day.

I am looking forward to the herbs establishing themselves, and being able to pick mint for summery Moroccan style mint infusions. Both savoury and sweet recipes will benefit from my latest herb growing efforts, together with producing great Mojito’s!

One of my most favourite smells in the world is watering herbs after a baking hot day. I can imagine it already!

Newly Planted, Rocking Dog

Newly Planted

Herbal Bath, Rocking Dog

Herbal Bath

Undertaker's Bath, Rocking Dog

Undertaker’s Bath

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