Live from Kathmandu: Back in Boudha
Live from Kathmandu: First Chihuahuas in progress from Sagar

Live from Kathmandu: Gardens of Boudha.

The artists are hard at work, and it it time to show the colorful side of Boudha.

Donkey tails and marigolds in a Kathmandu garden
A garden of delight in Boudha

Donkey tail amaranth and coleus are mixed with colorful marigolds and forget me nots in this charming garden.

Garden in Nepal
A lovely display of dried marigolds and gomphrenia

Old garlands of marigolds and purple gomphrenia make a lovely display at this altar in Kathmandu.

Purple Cleome in Kathmandu, Nepal
Cleome in a Boudha garden

This dramatic purple cleome was taller than I am.  And that's over 6 feet.

Gardens of the Schechen Monastery
Gardens of the Schechen Monastery

The Schechen Monastery has lovely grounds, even as they repair the extensive damage to their main temple.

Tharlam Monastery gardens in Boudha, Nepal
The gardens of the Tharlam Monastery

The grounds surrounding the Monasteries of Boudha are always lovely.   This is taken from the balcony of the Tharlam Monastery Guest House.

Day of the Crow in Kathmandu
Day of the Crow in Kathmandu

Today is the first day of Tihar, Nepal's Festival of Lights.   Known as Diwali in India, Nepal's holiday is quite different.  Only Nepal has Kukur Puja or the Day of the Dog!

The Day of the Crow is the first day of the 5-day festival.   Crows are worshiped as the messengers of death.   

Tomorrow is my favorite holiday of the year...   The Day of the Dog!   Stay tuned.


I am in Nepal right now and accepting orders.

Since there is expected political unrest in Nepal in November, please get your orders in early...

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now being accepted for the November 2015 trip.  I will be back in early December 2015 in plenty of time to mail holiday orders.

1. 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 people 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.

2. Let me know what you would like it to say.

3. Let me know what style of portrait you would prefer:   naive, realistic, colorful, etc.

4. Tell me your pet's name and breed.   

5. Send your photo to me at:  
That's it !

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!

The cost is $250 plus shipping.   Shipping is around $18 per sign (to and from the US).   And 9.75% California sales tax for California residents.  
Pay after choosing your portrait. 
Multiple pets on one sign cost more ($325 for Double, $400 for Triple).

Let's keep these artists painting.

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!



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