Word has it that the monsoon season is coming to an end soon, which is a shame- really. Here in Kathmandu it's been quite mild, and only rains for part of each day. Usually only a half hour or so may be a hard, fast rain. The monsoon seems a blessing, washing everything clean, and making the valley a fertile land. It is beautiful to see the city transformed as the rain comes and goes, part of the rhythm of natural life here.