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November 13, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Sky high.

What is it about sitting in a tree?

Bare legs and itchy, rough bark no deterrent.

Although rumors, even unfounded ones, of black widow spiders tend to have an effect.

More honest to put back the sign “No annoying, little brats allowed”

tree house behind fence. (© image, Copyrighted. all rights reserved. no permissions granted)

Someone got a birthday present from someone who sees loftier dreams. (© image)

Fine tree house on stilts (© image, Copyrighted. all rights reserved. no permissions granted)

Don’t worry. No tree was harmed during construction. This is a sturdy tree house on stilts. While it’s high among the branches, no nails were driven into the tree itself. (© image)

There’s something buried deep in human DNA – an instinct – a need to be up high – a muscle memory – a nest, a shelter, before flight.

They say dinosaurs shrank and became birds, what if birds took a giant leap and fell to earth becoming humans?

Anyone can see there’s an awful lot similar behavior between the two.

  • Flighty
  • Flock together.
  • They have eggs.
  • Try hard to scratch out a living. Often working for chickenfeed
  • Cliques often select one poor individual to harass, bully, and pick it to death
  • While quick to squawk, many are slow to recognize real danger
  • Some have pigeon toes.
  • And both have individuals that soar high above the rest. Those of grace and beauty

There’s something about being up in a tree.

The leaves and branches wrapping around as if welcoming you home.

Take these broken wings and learn to fly.

Vintage dressed woman with white bird. Silent film star Elsie Ferguson in "Eyes of the Soul". Film Fun, Aug 1919. (USPD., artist life/

Obviously there have been those who tried…(USPD/

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Seeking an elevated, organic retreat?



  1. marina kanavaki / Nov 13 2020 6:38 am

    With the way things are going, I’ll run to the trees – hills – mountains, anytime! 😉
    Thanks for the smiles, my friend! 😉
    ps Dolphins picked the seas, maybe they knew something! 😂🤣


  2. Kate Crimmins / Nov 13 2020 6:48 am

    I would have loved a tree house as a child.


  3. shoreacres / Nov 13 2020 6:52 am

    The photo of the woman with the bird reminded me of Stevie Nick’s cover shoot for Rolling Stone magazine. As for those high-end tree house vacations, I checked out a couple that are in Texas. When I realized that a week at one would take nearly every dollar in my savings account, I crossed that off the to-do list!


  4. Ally Bean / Nov 13 2020 8:28 am

    Man oh man, that treehouse is in better shape and more stylish than our old deck. I’m jealous


  5. aFrankAngle / Nov 13 2020 9:03 am

    A tree house …. The sacred private retreat for kids


  6. sustainabilitea / Nov 13 2020 1:20 pm

    My mom built us a wonderful tree house, like a real house with a top, when we were growing up. It’s was great! Much later, my parents stayed in a tree house “motel” and said that although it was an adventure, they wouldn’t do it again. 🙂 Tree houses make me think of Swiss Family Robinson.



  7. Curt Mekemson / Nov 13 2020 2:38 pm

    My dad built us a tree house in the middle of a graveyard when we were growing up. It was 20 feet up in a 100 foot incense cedar tree. The graveyard was like a jungle so it was a wonderful hideout. He built the tree house for us when he found my brother and I building one 70 feet up in the tree on skinny limbs using nails that barely made it though the wood. My brother and I and our little friends held regular races to the top! –Curt

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 16 2020 10:31 am

      What a cool dad – one who understood those who are dare (and learn how to use tools properly), grow strong. We had a massive oak tree at the farm – lowest limb some 9+ feet up and even my dad couldn’t reach half way around. Organic natural platforms for reading and lounging. Still at one point I wanted a person made tree house…which was actually a platform between 3 trees with cedar fence posts lashed about 8 feet up (had to be high enough to mow under – and no nails. We grew trees as crop – no nails ever. Maybe just a platform, but also a pirate sailing ship among other things.
      Sad is the childhood that never has a tree.
      Thanks for nailing up a comment here


      • Curt Mekemson / Nov 16 2020 3:55 pm

        Right, Karen. That tree house served us for years. The tree still stands, at least last time I was in Diamond. Tree house is long gone. Proud of your no nail policy. Many a daydream was had up in that tree, and many a plot hatched. 🙂 –Curt


  8. Anne Mehrling / Nov 13 2020 6:12 pm

    That’s quite a tree house.


  9. Spinster / Nov 14 2020 4:43 pm

    Can’t recall ever being in one as a kid. Nice though. Let me know if this can be reblogged; can’t find the button.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 15 2020 7:57 am

      Oh, to get above it all once in a while.
      That button removed to slow down a couple of blog aggregators who never wrote a thing of their own – not even a comment to their readers like “this is fun, read it” or something, just one reblog after another. The button just made it too easy to run their blog on others’ efforts.
      Do I sound cranky? Only suggesting that they try writing a little other own. Everyone has something to say…so don’t blame lack of creativity.
      Appreciate your interest and encouragement. It’s Ok to paste in a link to a post. Friends always to share. Thanks for traveling along!

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      • Spinster / Nov 15 2020 9:26 am

        Understood, and may do that. Thank you.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 15 2020 10:48 am

          Won’t even get into the web companies that sell essays to HS and College students…and mine WP sites for content….lots of bloggers stolen from. Just a real shame some people have to ruin everything. (Hope you’re doing well – despite the really low positivity rate numbers in this large 19 county reporting area that is pretty much open, we are being cautious still. Masks still mandated and seem to be working) Hopefully all will breath easier before long)

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  10. disperser / Nov 16 2020 7:51 am

    Mountains for me. Although some trees invite climbing, the majority seem aloof and uninterested in human klingons.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 16 2020 10:25 am

      True. Some even find humans a breaking point.
      Still others however, attempt to uplift humans…mostly the young humans who may not have their feet mired in swamp and mud yet. Always hope for raised perspective…they endure with that.
      Thanks for holding up a comment for this pyre. (and thanks for dropping)


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