The first anniversary for the Treehouse and the yurt have come and gone and our guests all seem to be delighted whatever the time of year or the weather! Linda and I couldn’t resist popping in to the Garden at Alnwick recently and had a lovely meal in their treehouse restaurant. We’re still delighted with ours but it does show what a reputed budget some 15-20 times ours can bring you.
Still, we did make the July issue of Vogue as one of the ‘Now’ places so we must be doing something right. Our friends tell us that we are the least likely people to ever feature in Vogue!
Well, the first half year of operation has passed with our guests being wowed by the treehouse and the Yurt. The Yurt has long been put away for the winter but we were still having guests in November. We added a hot water bottle and then an electric blanket to ensure everyone stayed snug and warm. The only problem during the year was with squirrels! One day whilst we were away they ate our rubber gas connectors emptying the spare gas cylinders so the gas ran out. We had the gas back on within 12 hours but it was a worry. The gas pipes now have armour plating so unless the squirrels use weapons we should be alright. I cannot quite believe how booked up we are getting for 2012 now – the first half of the year is almost full in the treehouse.
The first bit of the treehouse walkway is being put in place with the specially designed anchors minimising the impact on the oak tree. The way up to the treehouse will start with steps up to a platform in this mature oak tree. The platform support structure is now being added. As you can see one piece has been carefully shaped around one of the branches.
Whoppee! After about a year of delays I can hardly believe that work is actually beginning on the treehouse.
Step 1 is to remove some sycamore trees and laurel to make room for the structure whilst retaining everything else so that the treehouse floats amongst the trees. We used Adam Clark for all the high tree work.
There isn’t much more to see yet but over the next 3-4 weeks we should get up to Platform height, I can’t wait….