TREE HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

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Hawaii

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“…Then, for the first time, we stood all together in our treehouse.  I drew up the ladder and, with a greater sense of security than I enjoyed since we landed on the island, offered up evening prayer and retired for the night…”  (Swiss Family Robinson)

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Patrick Dougherty

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The most amazing thing happened when we were in Sun Valley a couple of months ago…I didn’t post about it then as I wanted to compile an entire post about houses made of trees, and trees made into houses, and houses housed in trees… did I cover every permutation?!   But the point is; there we were nonchalantly driving along, when off to my right…I couldn’t believe my eyes…A  Patrick Dougherty twig house – in Downtown Ketchum!  I’ve been a fan of Patrick’s for a long time- I’ve had the photo below (from Santa Barbara Magazine) on my cork board for eons and been eagerly anticipating his new book.  Needless to say, we stopped and went into the house.  I felt a bit like Goldilocks- we had the place all to ourselves. I’m sorry I didn’t get more photos I could use on Slim and oh! it smelled so wonderful…I lament once again that I’m not able to deliver the sense of scent through my blog- Geeees.  Whadup with that WordPress? What’s taking so long? Let’s pick up the pace. They can fit 10 billlion songs onto a teensy weensy iPod Shuffle, you’d think you could get my WordPress to deliver up some olfactory magic.

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The Stick Man

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Patrick Dougherty’s new book available at Amazon

Those of you blessed to be in New York the next couple of months- and I do mean blessed because Autumn is one great time to visit NY,  will have the opportunity to see the

Patrick Dougherty installation at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Click Here

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Patrick Dougherty

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What I thought of…

Edvard Munch’s The Scream

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Through the ceiling of Patrick’s stick house in Sun Valley

Which  made me think of this…

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I see You!

A Birch tree on my property in Sun Valley- isn’t it wild?!

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Mother Nature’s attention to detail never ceases to amaze and entertain me!

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But I digress ( for a change)…

Back to the Tree Houses;

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and a little music while you stroll; Silent House by Crowded House


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Hemp canvas tree house from 02 Sustainability

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The UFO Suite at The Tree Hotel

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The Mirrorcube suite at

THE TREE HOTEL (Click here for more info)

Check out this hotel in Sweden designed by architects Tham & Videgard.

Located 40 miles south of the Artic Circle the Mirrorcube comes complete with radiant floor heating, an eco-friendly incinerating toilet, and last but not least, a film visible only to birds applied to the mirrored walls.

Wow. I can’t believe they stole all of my ideas :)

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And a little closer to home…

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And how amazing is this?!

Free Spirit Spheres, Vancouver, B.C.

(starting at $150,000… not that ‘Free’ :) )

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Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

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Photo from Gypset

A Treehouse in Kenya

Magical

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A guy who really knew how to throw a Tree Party

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Roderick Romero

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Our Tree house   (only squirrels play there now :()

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Our little man having a snack and a contemplative moment there  many years ago…

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Bauraum Tree houses

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The Yellow Tree House Restaurant in New Zealand

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Zac Steinic photo

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Of course we must have the appropriate coloured nail polish for Treetop dwelling…

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Photo from here

Soneva Kiri hotel, Thailand

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For Treehouse Hotels in Africa Click Here

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Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven (from The Life & Love of Trees, Lewis Blackwell)


Did you have a tree house?

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Emerald Leaves…

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.Perchance I miss posting ‘Favourites’ this week, as I will be traveling on Friday, I wanted to share this little gem with you.  British designer Jasper Conran’s first book  ‘Country‘ has recently been published and it’s a gorgeous tome!  Jasper was a young ‘Enfant Terrible’ ‘ just making his debut in the fashion world when I lived in London.  Despite the formidable shadow cast by his famous father Sir Terence Conran, Jasper has managed to stand the test of time and then some, to become a well respected and talented designer in his own right. Making his mark not only in fashion but interior design, fragrance and tableware (Conran designs for Wedgewood and Designer’s Guild, amongst others) he has a beautiful new feather to put in his cap. ‘Country‘ is a rich and quirky feast of mucky wellies, village fetes, roaring pub fires and heart-stopping vistas.  This is not an interior design book by any means, but rather a loving and personal tribute to everything that makes English Country Life so unique and appealing to the rest of the world.

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Please Watch this Video for more lovely images from ‘Country’.

Slim Paley photo, Ninfa Italy

Nothing moves me more than a sun dappled allee of mature trees.

Ralph Lauren Fall 2010

Leaves of a different sort.

WallpaperSpace.co.uk

(I featured this green leaf large scale wall mural on my Chartreuse post, but I simply couldn’t resist it for this :) )

Artist unknown

Slim Paley photo  My favourite ivy leaf  bracelet

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Monique lhuillier

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Leaf Ties

How cute are these? I can think of a million ways to use them, can’t you?

Woops, lost the credit again

Walt Whitman’s First Edition “Leaves of Grass”

My Lover Gave Me Green Leaves

BY JOSEPHINE DICKINSON

My lover gave me green leaves
with the mud of the garden on them,
radishes sharp and red,
nasturtium flames.

He gave me the tender heart
of a cabbage, its glossy coat,
a loaf of bread studded deep
with seeds.

He gave me the note
the blackbird
I’d cried at the blackness of
by the river sang.

He gave me the struck fire
of the thoughts
in his mind—
flint on flint.

He gave me the taste,
direct on his tongue,
of the syllables their embers
did not destroy.

He gave me his word,
the word of an Adam—
a promise,
should he set eyes on the sun.

He gave me a drop of the dew
to hold.
To see my face in it.
To look through.

He gave me,
in the chrisomed palm
of his empty hand—
a gasp of joy.

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Born in London in 1957, poet Josephine Dickinson has been deaf since the age of six as a result of a childhood illness. She studied classics at Oxford University and went on to establish a career as a musician, composer, and poet. In her late 30s she relocated to Alston, a remote English Cumbrian town, where she met and married an elderly sheep farmer, Douglas Dickinson, who died in 2004.

Her poems, rich in natural imagery, are sometimes metered or rhymed, but always attentive to sound in their tender evocations of rural life. In a 2007 interview with the Times (London), Dickinson stated, “I do know that I found speech more difficult than music to cope with after the deafness. I came to see the written word as a liberation, which was wonderful. Very exotic and exciting.”

Dickinson continues to tend her late husband’s sheep farm.

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Appree leaf shaped post it notes

Adorable!

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Bamboo in Kyoto

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Fulvio Bonavia.

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It’s that time again… letting my Cecille Brunner climbing roses curl into my second story office – I LOVE summer!!

I leave you (no pun intended) with this pretty song by Crowded House; English Trees


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