September 26, 2013

Cooking at Chateau Mango... #padthai

Pad Thai...served last night at Chateau Mango

I posted this photo of our dinner on Instagram last night and had a request for the recipe. Steve
@ An Urban Cottage in Boston mentioned he was under the weather and buying the very same at a local takeaway shop. I think fresh is best and mentioned I would be happy to send along the recipe. Just love that about Instagram..making connections all over the world!

September 24, 2013

hunter, gatherer, artist, a friar and a linky

Our and out of Chateau Mango
Saigon, Vietnam

 Three Franciscan Friars came for dinner last week, three wonderful men, one American and two Vietnamese. They span generations and have the most interesting stories to share. We see them every few months for dinner in our home and it is always a treat for us. Last week was a high for me.

September 21, 2013

Anglophiles and Gardeners... in England

Dear Readers..

I have been a busy blogger these past few days, clearing up files and organising posts and photos. It felt like a wonderful long visit with old friends, reading posts and comments from my various blogs.
I hope you will indulge me...with a post written while we were living in England. Something tells me there are quite a few Anglophiles and gardeners amongst you...I have a few ideas for you. I hope you enjoy them!

Jeanne xx

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Winston Churchill and his Clementine....
Posted February, 2011 

I can not think of a better way to end a relaxing day at home. It was a great week, a long week. I covered a lot of territory around London and I have to admit that this Hip Hop Happening Mama is plum tuckered out! My trusty pedometer was by my side, clocking up nearly 15km around the city.

September 13, 2013

A touch of the Vietnam

Life around Chateau Mango this week.

In my last post I wrote about the signs of September here.
I forgot to mention that I also go into an organizational frenzy in September.
The critical Virgo eye comes out and shows no mercy..for about two days.
Having been a child that was the frustration of many a teacher, 
for the habit of daydreaming...I have to say,
not much has changed...except for my memory.

September 8, 2013

It must be Vietnam

Rain over Saigon

It must be September...
for it is raining in Saigon...again. 
Dark clouds approach in the early evening 
with great thunderous demonstrations. 
The late afternoon light dims and then it happens...
shake, rattle and roll..the rain comes. 
The gentle rains of our days living in England are long forgotten.. 
for in Saigon they only know torrents of rain. 
But...who am I to complain?  
I secretly like this time of day. 
I crank up the AC, take in the tropical storm light, 
brew tea, light a candle, play music, grab a book, 
toss in a movie and embrace every raindrop. 

September 2, 2013

Getting into a Zen Vietnam

Scene from 'Something's Gotta Give'

Erica ( Diane Keaton):

"Okay, I can handle this.

I'll just get myself into a Zen place.

Play music. Cook. Write. Focus."

Diane Keaton here