The cutting, lopping and pruning has continued apace, soon to be joined by shredding now that the shredder has been repaired. I had already begun considering how to enhance the area at the bottom of the woodland and create a focal point now the area was beginning to open up – and perhaps the controversial mahonia in the bottom corner could go too…. How about a bothy, a simple wooden shelter…? The germ of an idea was taking shape, but I was not prepared for what was to follow.
All that was left of the ash (above left) and wild cherry (on the right in the same picture, clothed in ivy) in the woodland was about 15 feet of trunk. The Golfer had erected the scaffolding to begin cutting the trunk down in manageable sections and not surprisingly I took advantage of the secured ladder to nip up and admire the elevated view. I have mentioned before that we have no upstairs views of the garden and I feel slightly envious of those who can gaze down at their gardens from a height and get a completely different perspective. On this occasion my view included large piles of tree waiting to be shredded, but nevertheless I could also see out over the main borders, the clematis colonnade, the woodland edge border, the rose garden and the top of the greenhouses and fruit cage…..wonderful!
I was telling the Golfer about the novelty of experiencing this and how I could have spent ages sitting up there, when he opened his mouth and said (in jest, I think) “I suppose you want me to build you a tree house…?” A glazed look came over my eyes and time stood briefly still – no, not a tree house, but some sort of elevated structure so I could enjoy this view whenever I chose….. Out of nothing a half-baked scheme was hatched in an instant, so watch this space….!