Just across the way from my place is a small lake….a pond, really…and this morning I strolled over there for a ca phé. I brought my David Sedaris book with me to read while I sipped. So, here’s this enormously tall American woman sitting by the pond, having her morning cuppa Joe, giggling maniacally……there goes the neighborhood…
Anyway, as I sat there, I’d occasionally tear myself away from Mr. Sedaris and look around at the view and realized I wished I’d had my camera with me. So, after finishing my cuppa, I went and got it and took a stroll around the pond…..and here’s what I saw:
You see these all around. They’re community bulletin boards….I think. I attempted a little translation of the first sentence and this is what I’ve come up with:
“Suc khoe” means either: ‘Strength’ or ‘Health’.
“Cong” means either: ‘Labour’ or ‘Wage’ or ‘Be on the offensive’ or ‘Public’ or ‘Peacock’ (yeah…I know…right?….).
“Dong” means either: ‘Heap’ or ‘Stack’…..so, feel free to draw your own conclusions….
The dong is also the currency here (but the spelling is all in the diacritics and tone marks). When you first get here, you’ll have 10,000 dong in your pocket (…what…….?) and think you’re rolling in money…..’til you realize that 10,000 dong is about 50¢.
Lots of pretty pots with edible greens around the pond…..
I love how it’s cascading over the pond.
And here it is up close. Pretty thing.
Tomatoes and salad greens and limes (nestled amongst the vinca!)…
….and a handy little place for cooking it all..
…..along with a few guys hangin’ out, drinkin’ beer, playin’ da game…..
I’m drawn to things like this….don’t ask me why, I don’t know. I guess I just really think the subtle variation in shading and the textures are beautiful…not to mention the numbers and lettering…….