One day Yao-shan Wei-yen (750-834), one of the well-known Chinese Ch'an master, was asked by the host of the monastery to give his sermon to the assembly who for a long while was expecting his teaching. Yao-shan said: "Strike the bell."
To look upon the face of a shabby conscience is great enjoyment.
Reply from Joe Chip
Sowed a packet of basil seed in the tomato beds a few days ago - I'll be checking later for signs of germination. And as it's raining today, I won't be able to do the work outside that was planned. So maybe I'll get on with putting off tidying up. All good wishes.