This is the final in a series of posts about my recent trip to New Hampshire, April 27-30, 2012 – Arbor Day weekend. I saw lots of trees on Arbor Day – and a tree house in progress. When my brother saw this photo he said, “That’s not a tree house---it’s a tree castle!”
My son and daughter-in-law have contracted with their friend Rob the Builder (hmmm-wonder if he’s related to Bob?) to build a first rate tree house. My son sold off some of his prize baseball cards to help bankroll the project. It was still a work in progress when I visited, but it will have a porch rail, a deluxe ladder, maps and an Audubon bird poster on the walls, and comfy pillows or cushions for reading.
In keeping with the tree house theme, I gave the kids a DVD of Walt Disney’s version of Swiss Family Robinson (1960): http://www.amazon.com/Swiss-Family-Robinson-Disney-Collection/dp/B00005RRG7/ref. That classic family film also featured an impressive tree house and decoration – and Garrison loved the pirate scenes.
I never had a tree house, but I spent many summer hours nestled in a comfortable spot in a huge weeping willow tree at the edge of our garden overlooking a small duck pond on our farm. It was cool and shady, and a perfect place to read. I loved to hear the willow leaves rustling in the wind.
Did you have a favorite “alone” place as a child?
LeAnn aka pasqueflower