The weather at the market looks so pleasant!
Re: Graveyard. They store urns with ashes in the walls there, right?
In my Funerary Practices/Death Rituals class, we talked about how most of the (relatively) new burial places look a lot nicer because people viewed death differently when folks stopped dying left and right in their own homes. Since death wasn't such a constant presence in the domestic life, they started moving burial places into the country so as not to take up urban development space. Actually, that's exactly what happened in San Francisco a hundred years ago -- they dug up coffins in the city cemetery and reburied them in some backwater town nearby, and made it illegal to bury anyone or perform burial rituals within city limits. Every cemetery I've encountered in California (they're generally called "memorial parks" -- euphemisms
) are landscaped and well-manicured -- green lawns, artificial streams/waters, flower gardens, etc. And if they used flat ground-level tombstones rather than the upright kind, you'd never guess there were dead people six feet under!