Color on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau

Cousin Dang sent dozens of photos from her journey into China (including the unhappy looking monkey of the previous post.) The prayer flags are a beautiful expression of faith.

Spirit house

My late mother brought many Thai traditions with her when she came to live in the U.S. Among them was the spirit house that stands atop a pillar in the backyard.  Brightly painted when it arrived here years ago, it has since faded, but its beauty has only grown with each raindrop and gust of wind. [A discussion of spirit houses can be found here.]

As is typical of our family, the spirit house shares part of the garden with a statue of St. Francis of Assisi [out of the frame].

AGING GRACEFULLY -- The tiny painted rooftop shingles only seem more beautiful with each passing year.
SPIRITED -- The spirit house is embraced by plants in the yard.