Stumped! #ThursdayTreeLove


Last week my brother sent me this photo of a tree stump that left me with mixed feelings.

This was part of a mango tree that had stood on the property long before any of us had set foot on it.

Once part of an orchard, this land was converted to a housing colony and the mango tree was one of the many lucky ones that weren’t felled down.

For years it dominated the back garden so that its shade prevented any flowering plants from blossoming. While our neighbours had lovely flowering shrubs, scented roses and the like, we had to do with some variegated foliage and any other plant life that didn’t need much sunshine.

However, every other summer it redeemed its position in the garden when the family guzzled down gallons of the sweetest ‘aamras ‘ that was a deep orange and silky smooth. This one tree would yield around 700 fruit of an indigenous variety of mango that was truly divine.

But a few years ago it actually began to rot and was perilously close to falling. Which is why this year, it was cut down.

Luckily this tree has been replaced a few years ago by a true blue Alphonso planted by my father. But as my brother told me, it will be a while before we can sing “Underneath the mango tree”. 

Linking up with Parul’s #ThursdayTreeLove-67 



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A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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6 Responses

  1. Alana says:

    And I will never know the joy of a mango tree. 700 fruits. Wow!

  2. JoAnna says:

    I understand those feelings. I guess trees get old and die eventually like everything else, but it’s good to acknowledge the years of life with gratitude. Thank you for sharing those memories.
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  3. Divya says:

    I know what you mean. We used to have a large mango tree in front of our ancestral home. It was almost the size of a giant sequoia but it made the cutest and sweetest little mangoes. It was like an end of an era when it fell. And we don’t have pictures of it. 🙁

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