Shortly before we moved into our home in Vietnam, a tropical storm swept through and uprooted a large fruit bearing mango tree on our property. We were left with a large stump about 5 ft tall supported by beams to keep it upright. We took one look and suggested removing it and replacing it with another. From our estimation, there was little hope.
Cries of horror ensued by our gardener, Mr. Thuan, and our driver, Mr. Khai, a gardener at heart. So we listened and let them do their magic in an effort to bring the tree back to life.
I am happy to report that after two years, it is thriving and no longer requiring support. Sadly though, not a single mango appeared during that time, until this week. Mr. Thaun and Mr. Khai spotted it, high in the tree, one lone mango, growing in earnest. We are all overjoyed and keep a steady eye on our lone mango with hopes that there will be more to come.
Before we move from Vietnam,
I hope to one day be like
The Lady in the Mango Garden,
holding two mangoes.
This lovely painting is by
Vietnamese artist, Nguyen Trung.
I think it would be a perfect compliment
to Chateau Mango.
|Lady in the Mango Garden|
Painted by Nguyen Trung