Daredevil gardener on 5th-floor rooftop draws concern of neighbors in Taipei City

A woman in Taipei City’s upscale Tianmu neighborhood was seen perched precariously on a 5th-floor balcony rooftop tending her garden recently, and concerned neighbors uploaded pictures to social media.

The post went viral, and drew attention of TV reporters who went to interview the woman yesterday, Tuesday, March 21.

The daredevil gardener, who remains unnamed in reports, and is said to be in her 70s, told reporters that she had been growing vegetables on the rooftop outside her balcony ever since she retired, and that she doesn’t frequently go over the wall to tend to them.

“I just plant sweet potato leaves for my own use, it’s not dangerous,” she assured reporters, adding that to keep her family from worrying about her safety, she wears non-slip shoes when she steps onto the slanting rooftop.

“It looks high from below, but I don’t think so,” she said,

“Be careful! careful!” a reporter urged, as the spritely septuagenarian swung a leg over the balcony wall to demonstrate how she reaches her garden.

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