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Sunday, March 13, 2011

tree~house hideout

When we moved out to the country, the first thing my dad did with my kids was to build a tree house. They designed and built it in this clump of trees, making sure not one tree was damaged- even cutting a hole in the roof overhang in order for the tree to continue stretching upwards.
Right now, it seems as though my kids have forgotten the hideaway. It has been sitting empty all winter- waiting for them to climb the ladder or swing on the knotted rope.
While they've forgotten it, I have remembered that it sits there empty.
So I climb the ladder.
I sit on the "balcony" and listen to the wind creak through the walls.
If I stay long enough I catch eye-level glimpses of birds returning to our trees.
The woodpecker pounds his head incessantly against the trunk, and I can't help but laugh and think....that's exactly how I feel at times.

Which is why I'm so glad I have access to this getaway.
For now.

Spring is coming- {I could hear the snow melting today}, and my kids will once again reclaim the space.
But for now...
it's my tree~house hideout.

(but can we just keep this our little secret?;)

43 comments:

▒▓█► JOTA ENE said...

Beautiful photo ...!

Patrice said...

What a great tree house. I want one.

Susan said...

Your secret's safe with me! :) Enjoy the hideout while you can! Spring will soon be here! Blessings!

texwisgirl said...

That is awesome! Lucky you!

Nancy@A Rural Journal said...

Very cool. I appreciate leaving the birch to do what they do -- undisturbed.

Farmchick said...

What a great tree house.

Stuff could always be worse said...

I Love the trees with a tree house, Neat!

Rural Revival said...

I can't help but think what a different world it would be if every kid had a tree house, and every mom too. : )

~Andrea~

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Now that is EVERY kid's fantasy! They were sure lucky to have such a great tree house. It's lovely. Looks like its new purpose is for a getaway. :)

Trisha said...

My kids would LOVE that tree house!! I would totally hang out up there too :)

Deb said...

I want a tree house....

Tiggeriffic said...

We live on 40 acres here in Iowa.. When my kids were young they built a tree house down by the creek in the pasture.. It was a great place to go and read or just watch the birds. I used to go there all the time to just have peace and quiet when the kids were in school. Glad you have one too.. Many memories are built in tree houses.. Every kids dream to have one ..
Have a tiggeriffic day~! ta ta for now from Iowa:)

floweringmama said...

Every kid needs a tree house or a hide out! But we have no trees that would work for a tree house :-(

Randy said...

I think we all have our secret place and this one is too cool! I just love it.

Farm Girl said...

Cool Tree house!! I would get up into it and listen to the trees talk to each other too.
What a great hide-a-way.

sage said...

What a cool tree house!

darlin said...

What a great place to escape, the kids would never find you there... unless they followed your tracks! ;-) I always wanted a tree house, I never did get one but such is life. Your secret is safe with me.

Naturedigital said...

Its beautiful.
I bet it will be busy in summer.
Costas

fourwilkies said...

Great tree house (and great Dad, too!)

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

I like the white textures on the trees, and of course; the secret is out !

DiamondVVV1 said...

Tree houses are the most enchanting places!

Judith said...

Hope you've got a good book to read out there in case you get snowed in.

Peter said...

A wonderful evocative story, this weekend I am dismantling a tree house I built for my children.

Flora said...

So happy to hear the snow is melting!

Allison said...

I love this! And I can see you sitting there, Dawn. The woodpecker... oh yes, I can relate. Ha! hahahaha! And then, sigh. :(

I will have to take a pic of the treehouse my hubby built, but for now, I'll enjoy yours. Meet you out there this afternoon? I'll bring the cocoa, you bring the cookies...

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Love your hideaway! We want to build a treehouse for the boys someday.

Leah J. Utas said...

I love the tree house. What a great place. I so wish I had one.

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

Sometimes I feel like I'm up a tree without a house! Then I act like a woodpecker. Which doesn't help. Just hurts my head.

You're lucky to have a dad who can build a tree house! And this is a beaut. But wasn't it a bit chilly sitting up there by yourself?

Nice post, Dawn. Very fine photos of what, obviously, is much more than just a tree house!

Val said...

Oh my, I'd love to hang out in there with a couple magazines and a thermos filled with hot cocoa.

Changes in the wind said...

Cleaver the way it is built and what wonderful memories to have.....

Germán said...

That must be a very inspiring place to think and talk...! Thanks for your visit and comments!
PS: Nice site! liked the way you reflected your "likes"...

Gary said...

That's a pretty fancy tree house!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Hilary said...

Oh lucky you. I think everyone should have a hideaway.. even if only in winter. ;)

Out on the prairie said...

A lovely get away, I have spent lots of time in them. As a kid my house sat at the edge of new development and we made frieds with all the workers so we could get the scraps to build our own house. It was a little rough but many hours were spent doing this labor of love and then time spent just hanging out in it.

Enrique G.A. said...

A good hiding place for receiving the spring, and enjoy it from the sun and heat, once the snow is gone.
Greetings.

wayne15575 said...

What a lovely article.l could almost feel the breeze. Thanks Dawn.

Alli said...

Beautiful! You're brave to get up there. :)

When we were little our dad built us a "tree fort" (that sat on the ground) for us to stay in while waiting for the bus to come in the morning.

It's one of the memories that I really appreciate because it shows the kind side of my dad.

Cat said...

love that Dawn
my little guy is getting one of his own too and I have a feeling I will be up there too!

love and light

Tammy said...

Love the story....right after my own heart. Just wait a few more years. My sons are all grown, and I often go and sit in their old tree house (I won't be able to much longer, though, because it is falling apart). Now I sit there with memories of my sweet boys, and dreams of grandchildren who would breathe new life into this place.

Pat Tillett said...

wow! That is such a nice tree house! It sure makes the one we had as a kid look like a shack! But...ours was in a huge apricot tree!!! Yum...

MDScaper said...

We promise to keep the secret!

nicole said...

i just had a pang of jealousy when i saw that treehouse.

Heidi said...

Hi Dawn,

What a beautiful tree house. So nice to have a place to get away for a while. Good luck with the training for your marathons.