The Herbs and The Adventures of Parsley   Classic BBC kid's animation by Michael Bond

On this page ..... Bits and pieces that may get a page to themselves eventually,but find a home here in the meantime.
Either because there's not a whole lot to say about them.Or simply because I don't have much information to pass on yet.
Talcum Powder and Character Soaps  Both by Morny

These all carry the following copyright mark -"Film Fair 1971 based on the BBC TV Series The Herbs/Adventures of Parsley"
The pics show 1 tin of talc (front and back views) and 1 box of soaps {2 examples of the same box,front and back} -with each box containing 2 soaps.
As far as I'm aware,this was the entire extent of the soap and talc range. So if you fancied a soap other than Parsley it looks like you were out of luck. Which is slightly disappointing,because several other kids tv contemporaries got larger ranges of individually boxed characters. With the Magic Roundabout and Camberwick Green/Trumpton springing to mind.
And whilst there's always the chance of something extra surfacing,I think we'd have seen them by now to be honest.

Good old Letraset.
Is there anything they didn't turn into transfers  ? 
Probably not,judging by the amount of stuff they produced.
And,looking back,you wonder what all the fuss was about, considering how fleeting a pleasure it was.
But there was something strangely satisfying about the whole experience. And it seemed to put us on a slightly higher creative plain than the likes of join-the-dots and painting-by-numbers !
Anyhow,the multi-character pack (clickable),is dated 1972 with ref. no. GK 107 and good,unopened examples are still surprisingly easy to get hold of.
The Parsley one next to it is rarer.Dated 1973 with ref. no. GK 146,and about 25cm x 13cm.It appears to have been a one-off,as the back only mentions other characters from the Magic Roundabout,Rupert the Bear and Tom & Jerry.But maybe that's no great surprise really,as 1973 was quite late-in-the-day to be bringing them out at all quite frankly.
Click pic to see the back. (poor quality ebay pic)
All the similar animated series of the period had their own range of toiletries. So these weren't unusual.

These days,you'll be hard-pressed to find branded tins of talc,but character soaps are still on the merchandising radar.As is bath foam,and it's entirely possible they produced a Herbs version of that too, although I've yet to find any evidence of it.
Fun items though.And branded as "Parsley" and not  "The Herbs" because they came out in 1971,after the sequel.
Bluebell String Puppet

Whenever you see a toy with strings attached,you immediately think "Pelham Puppets".
But despite producing tv spin-off ranges for the likes of the Magic Roundabout and the Wombles,they never got it together with Michael Bond -and that includes his Paddington Bear creation,nevermind The Herbs.
But,thankfully,Bluebell Dolls stepped in to fill the void - an independant company based in Southport,that was eventually sold to Denys Fisher in 1974.

4 different characters are mentioned on the boxes- Sir Basil,Lady Rosemary,Bayleaf & Knapweed. ​
​So far I've only ever seen Bayleaf [left] and Basil.With the latter selling on ebay for £41 in June.2016 {excellent condition puppet in a battered box}
The boxes measure 12" x 6" but are un-dated.Although we're definitely talking 1968/9 vintage.
And it would indeed appear that messrs Parsley,Dill & Sage didn't get a look-in at all for some reason.
Peggy Nisbet soft toys

Peggy Nisbet was known primarily for her dolls. But her company also started to produce some soft toys at the end of the sixties,which included tv spin-offs for another BBC animated series of the period,"The Pogles",and 3 characters from The Herbs - Parsley,Dill and Sage.
The latter first appearing in the 1969 catalogue and doing well enough to still be featured in the 1973 edition.

The Parsley and Dill examples,below,are both about 11" high x 6" wide and may even have doubled-up as a rather small bolster cushions.
Made from a printed and stitched cotton-like fabric stretched over a soft filling.

Despite their longevity of production,I've only ever seen one of each,which includes in person and online.
So it's no surprise that their rarity was underlined in Sept.2015 when the Dill one sold on ebay for an impressive £89.

And Sage  ?
Well,we know he's out there somewhere. And I do have a photo of a bit of unattributed Sage merchandise that seems like a possible fit. But it's just an educated guess at the moment,in the absence of any additional information {even if the smart money says it probably is} But see what you think here
Merrythought Parsley

"Mr.Parsley", by the revered Shropshire-based soft toy maker, Merrythought. 
Approximately 7.5" tall,probably a one-off rather than a range and un-dated. But I think it's safe to narrow it down to the last 20 or so years,rather than the 60's or 70's.

It certainly scores points for being soft and cuddly. But,are premium brands like Steiff and Merrythought, really that much better made than something half the price   ?  Not sure. But,then again,I know nothing about cuddly toys.
Parsley's TV Dominoes

Another arms-length ebay listing here,as you'll probably have guessed from the pics. But any evidence is always gratefully received.
Produced in 1970 by Topsail Games,the box measures 11" x 8".And the pieces came in sheets that you pressed out.
Very much a sister product to Topsail's Cling Pic,with both trying to cash-in on the tv debut of the Adventures of Parsley that same year.
Quite why it needed such a large box for such a small amount of content I'm not entirely sure. And it was probably the sort of thing that looked great wrapped up under the christmas tree,but was less than thrilling when opened !
A nice fun item to have though.
And that's whether you know anything about the series -or even care.

Acknowledgements.  Photos of the,Soaps,Bluebell Puppet and the Nisbet Sage courtesy of Tony Clark.
Photos of the talc and mystery Parsley cuddly toy,courtesy of Dawn Foster-Denham.
My sincere thanks to both for all their help,and if you can add anything then why not join them ?  Email on homepage.
A mystery item to finish off with.
I'm merely assuming it has to be Parsley simply because of the green maine and tail.Which isn't exactly a huge leap of faith to be fair,as it's an odd colour to choose if he isn't.
That aside,the only thing we know for sure is that it's about 18" long x 13" high.
But it's got no label or markings,so we don't know the manufacturer or the date. And your help is required..................