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A Creche in a mango tree!

Wednesday, December 25 2013

Christmas lights and glowing statues of Baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph are perched in an unusual place — 20 feet up a mango tree located in Victoria Gardens in Diego Martin.

E Norbert Ferreira told Newsday he had originally built the platform between two branches of the 60-70 feet tall “Mango Juan-Manuel” tree in his yard in order to reach the fruit at the top. The platform includes a “broadwalk” connected to the roof of the house, and enables a person to walk around the tree. The platform and broadwalk spans a total of 40 feet. 

Ferreira named the fruit after his grandfathers João (John, or Juan in Spanish) Ferreira and Manuel Vasconcellos de Souza. 

Because no one seemed to be able to identify the type of mango, it was considered a new variety, possibly a natural mutation, and so Ferreira named it. 

“Having done that I called the platform Fort Juan-Manuel. It’s my favourite little spot in the house. My hang-out,” said Ferreira.

He then decided to make it into a tree house for his three grandchildren, Joshua, nine, Gianna, seven, and Hunter 1½ . 

At the moment, the house is only a frame but eventually he hopes to build walls, a roof and a door, and make it more secure for them to play.

“It is a work in progress. Just something for the grandchildren to play on to get them away from the computer, and give them some boy days that I had,” he said. 

“Since the frame was already in place, I decided to decorate it with lights for Christmas. When I put the lights, it looked nice so I decided to put some lit statues, and it had a very nice effect,”
he added.

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