Stoke the boiler, boys, we’re baling basil!

April 30, 2011

Blog Guy, what’s the latest on your brother, Basil? We know he used to be an expat export expert, and the last we heard, he was playing mandolin in Mandalay.

Oh, Basil left the folk music scene. Now he operates heavy farm equipment. He owns a baler in Switzerland.

Basil Basler owns a baler?

Yep, in Basel.

No! He’s THE Basel baler Basil Basler? I’ve seen his TV commercials!

That’s him.

It must be expensive to keep that big baler in gasoline these days.

Nope, it’s a steam engine. It has a boiler.

Basil Basler runs a boiler baler in Basel?

What kind of crops does he bale, anyway?

Herbs, mostly basil.

So Basil Basler bales basil with a boiler in Basel?

That’s easy for you to say.


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Top: Fresh basil is seen on a slice of Margherita pizza is served at a pizzeria in Sao Paulo, September 28, 2007. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

Left: A tractor pulls a hay baler after reaping wheat at a field in Dortmund July 29, 2009. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

Right: People walk along Red Square, with Saint Basil’s Cathedral in the background, in central Moscow December 2, 2010. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

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Ah, BG and Nosmo, the terrible tongue twister twosome tying our tongues and trying our thoughts!

The fresh basil looks so very good that I may have to put a small plant on my windowsill again this spring. Meanwhile, Pat’s potted pansy is perfectly perky.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

I’m partial to parsley myself. My friend Herb has an herb garden and hawks his harvest at Herb’s Herb Hut.

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

Parsley is too technical for me, Peach. There is a lot of analysis that goes into it. Parsley parsing is a science of its own….

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

I have a tendancy towards tabouleh. While it is tempting to toss two or three tubs in the cart, the tidy sum takes a toll when the grocery ticket is tabulated. Parsley plants provide plenty of produce at a paltry price. 😉

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

Re. the photo captions; if he’s been reaping wheat, then he’s baling straw. Just saying.

Bonus points for use of the phrase “that’s easy for you to say”. :)

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Baleful baler Basil Basler is as bonkers as his boisterous big brother, Blog Guy Basler.

Posted by slick9 | Report as abusive

Baleful. I love it, slick. Actually Basil has been in a pretty good mood since he got his government bail-out….

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Touche, BG. (Sorry, I forget how to put the accent mark over the e..)

Posted by slick9 | Report as abusive

Tongue twisters, bah!! Humbug!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

That pizza looks really tempting, though… yummmmmm…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

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