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

15 comments:

GrannySmithGreen said...

Creating a family garden! Yes, of course! That's what a garden is supposed to be. Wonderful post about exploring and adventure-and family! Great one, Lisa! Hope you are well.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I dream of owning my own tree house :)

Morning T said...

Such dreamy images Lisa...

Teresa Hatfield said...

I visited Brooke's blog last night and was SO impressed with her garden and her tips!
Lisa, I love this post. It brings back so many memories! I will buy this book, not because I will build a treehouse any time soon, but to look at the beautiful images. As for that last treehouse, I see a studio in there :). Have a nice day.
Teresa

A Country Farmhouse said...

What wonderful images of the best tree houses ever! We had a tree house when we were growing up. My brother and I felt as if we were on top of the world when we ascended those stairs!
And I agree, tree houses are for adults too and I think everyone should have one! ; )
xoTrina

Velvet and Linen said...

Wow! This is amazing Lisa. Yes, I do think we need to add a little something more to the garden. Thank you so much sending your readers to visit my garden :).
I'm off to by the book!

xo
Brooke

JMW said...

What a wonderful book! I may have to purchase this one for our family. We have a great tree in our backyard that is begging for either a treehouse or a swing, so we'll have to see how industrial we get as to what evolves. I think tree houses have no age requirement - both kids and adults fall in love with them. :)

Renae said...

So much fun! When we lived in Alaska, the boys had a tree fort and spent hours out there. What a great book to stir up fun memories!

I hope you've got all your pictures back!

xo

Jo said...

I want a tree house that I can climb into when I just want to be with me ~ I'll invite the others up on occasion ;)

Have a lovely long weekend ~
Jo

Maria said...

Ahh! Thank you for that bit of magic.

Tish Jett said...

How absolutely beautiful and charming. At a recent dinner party the subject of "charm" came up in conversation, leading to almost everyone agreeing that it is almost impossible to explain, but one can see it the moment they set their eyes upon it.

In France there is perhaps no greater compliment.

You are indeed charming.

Merci.

red ticking said...

delightful post... as always... happy weekend lisa...xx

Karena said...

Lisa these images are so wonderful!! I was a bit of a tomboy as I have 5 brothers! I loved tree climbing and swinging as high as I possibly could!

Karena
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Dumbwit Tellher said...

What a magical post & you are such a child @ heart; that's what makes you so special Lisa. It's so important to never loose ones inner child. I remember friends who had tree houses & I also felt like they were the lucky ones. It's as if your imagination could soar. I will definitely race you to the top, you are on baby!

xo xo

LLH Designs said...

What a beautiful post...the photos and the thought of a big girl tree house. Love it!