It was a difficult growing summer but I read somewhere - one of your blogs, I forget which one - that it had been a good year for basil. It sure was. We put ours in late, a dear little row of seedlings along the sideway, where it gets good sun in the middle of the day but doesn't get scorched in the afternoon. The seedlings shot up and we kept the snails of bay and now they're about two feet tall. The row of basil is bookended by the jasmine creepers I put in last year when we moved in. The jasmine has thrived and now it's festooning all the way along the fence. William's double sash bedroom windows open on to the sideway and every now and the curtain moves and in comes jasmine, and now basil, on the soft breeze. Now, where's my list of things to do with pesto? Click, click, click ... here . May I add to that smearing a generous amount on top of anything barbecued? By the way, we were out of pine nuts so walnuts were used instead.