Our first stop on Saturday morning after the long flight to Kathmandu was the Kathmandu Farmer's Market at the 1905 Restaurant.
Young and old people from all walks of life gather to sample, buy and sell the delicious locally grown organic vegetables and herbs.
These gentlemen serve delicious tea freshly brewed to perfection. Today's was a black tea from Ilam. Again these teas are Nepali grown and organic. They have shops all over Kathmandu where you can buy these teas.
Kathmandu's Saturday Farmer's Market is set in a lovely garden near the central tourist district of Thamel on Kanti Path. 1905 Restaurant is truly a delight - set in an old Rana Palace built in 1905, it is complete with a pond stocked with swans and lilies.
Stalls here sell fresh cheeses, meats, honey, homemade pastries and baked goods, even wine from India - the Shiraz/Cabernet blend was tasty. The market starts at 9am and is over by noon.
There are other Farmer's Markets in Kathmandu as well, notably at the Summit Hotel in Lalitpur twice weekly.
This pile of cats is at our local tea stall. You may remember them from last winter's post when they were mere kittens.
This is a favorite vernacular Danger Dog sign on the streets of Naxal, an old area of Kathmandu. Like most places in Kathmandu, Naxal is undergoing an street widening and many, many buildings are having their first few meters removed.
This means that many old facades will disappear. Nepalis know the value of their lovely old carved wood windows and they will be recycled, but the signboards will be gone forever, replaced with the plastic modern ones.
This pair of double boxers is now gone due to the road expansion. Such a shame. Wish I could buy them. Maybe I will knock on their gate and try! I could trade them for a new sign. Believe me, they will think I am crazy. Keep your fingers crossed.
If you would like to have your dog immortalized on metal here in Nepal, now is the perfect time to order. I will be here for another 6 weeks ordering portraits.
This hand-painted art form is fast disappearing in Kathmandu, as it already has in most parts of the world. I pay fair trade wages, the artists get to paint again, pet lovers get a choice of three paintings for each commission, and I get to help Nepali artists make a living. Everybody is happy. Rescue dogs from America get to rescue artists from Nepal!
Now is the time to order: Be ahead of the Pack! Orders now accepted for the Summer 2012 trip.
HOW TO ORDER
To order, please send me a photo of your pet. I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of 3 paintings and three artists will get work. Each painting is about one square foot and is on metal with synthetic enamel paint. These can be hung indoors or out, be framed or unframed.
While I am in Nepal, your pet will be featured on the Danger Dog Blog, as I stop into the artists' studios and document the works in progress.
Satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front. If you do not like one of the three, you pay nothing, and the 3 artists are paid in full in any case. Let me know what you want it to say and that's it!
Send your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.
Let's keep these artists painting.
American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.
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Micro-finance through art patronage. Trade not Aid.