Here we are, all the way into the August of another year.  The garden is exploding.

I think that a vegetable garden shouldn’t just be functional…it should be pretty to look at. So come see how my garden grows…and shows.


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And, yes, I’m here to suggest you put that salt grinder down.


Herbs.   I love.



Here’s my case for the herbal sense of taste:  Herbs add just the right tang of green to food. They may be sublime ingredients, but they’re not shy or retiring. They’re free-spirited and supernal, divinely edible and summer-sweet healthy.



It’s August 29, so let’s all celebrate MoreHerbs, Less Salt Day.   Call it a passion-raising plug for a finer solution.


Just a little rosemary, thyme, or oregano will enrich a dish as much as a heavy dose of salt.



My favorite herb is basil. It’s besiegingly lovely. Beyond utterance. This year, I’ve got a bull-moose bumper crop of Biblical measure.

Gardening with herbs, which is becoming increasingly popular, is indulged in by those who like subtlety in their plants in preference to brilliance.
– Helen Morgenthau Fox



When you make dinner tonight, instead of adding salt, use a few herbs.  Get the skinny here on Twitter.

Whatever you eat, it’s best when herbs are involved.

Summa cum yummy.  I guarantee it.



Toni 8/29/16   ps Zucchini still coming? Be an expert.  Herbs make it better with a little feta. Try this.


Syrian kids need help. Give to aid groups with people on the ground. While they couldn’t save his brother, it did wrest Omran from the rubble.

Dogs vs Kids, a Kristof column, got me thinking about how to help those kids. None of this is their fault.Sending money to the aid groups with people on the ground in Syria is the most immediate way to help kids like Omran.


This list comes from Elena Cresci on The Guardian:

SAMS Foundation

Doctors from the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) treated Omran at a hospital they support in Aleppo. They operate 106 medical facilities in Syria, providing both general and specialised care. In 2015, they treated an estimated 2.6 million Syrians.

Syria Civil Defence

Dubbed The White Helmets, Syria Civil Defence is an organisation led by 2,900 volunteer search and rescue workers. Its “hero fund” goes towards providing treatment for volunteers injured while helping civilians and supporting the families of those killed.

British Red Cross

The British Red Cross works with its partner the Syrian Arab Red Crescent to provide aid. Its work includes helping Syrians to prepare their homes for winter, and providing health services.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières

The organisation says “the scale of death, injury and displacement from the conflict following the Arab Spring protests of 2011 is unimaginable”. MSF’s work in Syria has been made difficult following the abduction and release of its staff in 2014. It was forced to close projects in areas controlled by Islamic State.

International Rescue Committee

The IRC has been working in Syria since 2012, with programmes led by cross-border teams in Iraq, Turkey and Jordan. Last year, it helped more than 1.4 million Syrians, including 16,000 female survivors of assault and abuse.


The charity has launched its largest ever appeal for children affected by the conflict in Syria. Donations to the charity go towards delivering food, vaccines and water. In 2015, it treated 13,000 children for malnutrition.

Islamic Relief

Islamic Relief works on the ground in Syria distributing aid to more than 6.5m Syrians so far and helping hospitals in Aleppo to stockpile medical supplies.

Save the Children 

In its largest ever emergency response, Save the Children helps to keep schools running in Syria as well as providing basic essentials and specialist emotional support for children. It estimates that it has helped more than 500,000 children in the country.

SOS Children UK

SOS Children UK have worked in Syria since the 70s. They have three child-friendly spaces providing safety in Damascus and Aleppo.



Cheri wrote a wonderful post on natural frames that helped me get into the right “frame” of mind. She says a frame doesn’t have to be something thin or square.

Barcelona embraces art like no other city.  Here, a boy’s hands frame this froggy spout on the Font de la Granota (fountain of the frog) near Corsega street.

Sculpted by Josep Campeny i Santamaria (Igualada, 1858 – Barcelona, 1922) in 1912.

Toni 8/27/16