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It came in on a soft autumn breeze.

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.


  1. My basil are just about big enough to pick one or two leaves from each plant every day! Can't wait for them to be bigger. But then I'll be having a hard time keeping them picked enough.
    Jasmine and basil...that sounds good.

  2. Our plants were useless this year (I planted them in the wrong spot so really, I am to blame) and have vowed to get them in early next summer.

    Standing at the fridge with spoon in hand is my favourite way. I keep catching the boys with their fingers in the jar too.

  3. It does smell good wafting in the window, HalfCups.

    Lucy, your boys eat your pesto out of the jar? That's the sign of a good cook.

  4. Our satsuma trees are blooming. That's a pretty fragrance.

    I wonder what it's like to live among acres of citrus trees?

  5. We visited the Mildura irrigation area a few years ago. The oranges were in bloom, hundreds of acres of them. Long straight roads bordered by endless orange groves.

  6. Alas and alack, my basil did not survive the last big wind. There was a hard gust and a crash and there was the basil laying helpless on its side in the sink. I bunged it back in its pot and gave it a good pat down but it turned up its toes a week later.

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