Eclectic, quirky, and sometimes edgy…this is how things look from my front porch.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Parsley, sage, rosemary, and, uh cilantro

Last year, on a fine day in November, we went over to Hampton, VA. Hampton has a long history and a very old military base, Fort Monroe, which was closed two years ago.  We lived at Fort Monroe during the Vietnam era.   The base is so old that it has a working moat. Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, was imprisoned there.  But I digress.

We were walking in a historical neighborhood when I found the box above.  I don't know what it was used for, except that it was battered, gray, and left out for the trash.  It has cool metal handles on the two shorter sides.

It sat on the front porch from the day I put it in the car, a week before Thanksgiving, until last week.  I painted it red and my neighbor stenciled it for me.  Lauren is that kind of girl. I was bemoaning my poor stenciling skills the night before. When I came home from work, Lauren was stenciling it over on her porch.

The only thing is that I didn't put any rosemary in it. I use cilantro a lot more.  How "un-Scarborough Fair" of me. Are You Going to Scarborough Fair? When I was a teenager, there was a popular newscaster on Channel 4, WNBC, named Chuck Scarborough.  We used to sing a riff on that song, "Are you combing Chuck Scarborough's hair?"

He's still there doing the news.  I interviewed him in high school.  I can't imagine doing one job for so long.  I think it must be 40 years.

Chuck Scarborough

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