After all those years of living in Chinatown and finding there a single shop that sells them lanterns, I was wandering around the bottom of the road here in search of some noodles today when I happened on a shop that makes lanterns to order. They also make elaborate funerary and ancestral-rite thingies, and were surrounded by frames in various states of completion. Is that--? I said. Whatchoo want, the woman said, fabric or paper?
All very exciting; it'll have to wait till pay day, but maybe I can have a more interesting design than the red lettering on white.
Meanwhile, a ramble round the houses.