I have a house....

  I have a house where I go when there's too many people,
      I have a house where I go where no one can be.
    Mary Randolph Carter
   I have a house where I go where nobody ever say's "no";
      Where no one say's anything...so there is no one but me.
 A.A. Milne                                                  
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Forming a nest perched up high among the leaves gives children a secret vantage point.
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My kids always loved the challenge to see who would be the first to the top of anything.
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My daughter always started with a chair...
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My son's motto, "The higher, the funner!"
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I remember when we were 9, my friend Connie Perry and I would spend hours and sometimes the night in her brother's tree house. Everything that we plotted and planned seemed more magical simply because we were perched high above the ground. 

For those of you who have children or grandchildren that love to explore or climb to the highest of heights, I have a wonderful book that you all will love.
  Creating A Family Garden by Bunny Guinness reminds us that there was a time when children's playground equipment did not come pre-assembled!
Not all the magic takes place up high in the air though.  This hollow tree makes a very special down low on the ground den.
A small den can also be made by pulling the trunks of young trees together at the top & weaving branches in-between them. As the trees grow they can form a living tree house which changes as it grows from year to year.
Children appreciate small personalized spaces.  Even if they've been raised in a spacious home, they will still hanker after a tent!
   I would appreciate a small personalized space too, however, you can forget the tent.  Tree houses aren't just for  kids you know!  Honestly if this were mine I might never come down. I mean, it's so high and all.
Ok, let's be nice and play with others. A well-planned garden or yard can be the hub of family life. My friend Brooke has all 4 of her teens harvesting crops in their California garden! If you want to design a tree house like no other, good news, there are tree house people! Check with your local tree surgeon too. They really know their stuff!
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In her book, Creating A Family Garden, Bunny Guinness goes into great detail with regards to choosing the perfect tree house for your family.  Elaborate or simple, always remember, safety first!

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See ya at the top!
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Grab your garden gloves & head over to Brooke's to see what they are harvesting in their family garden.
Brooke Giannetti
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