There’s no denying that life in the treehouse over winter would have been a fairly miserable existence: Life would be dull, I would spend most of the time collecting and cutting wood…pots of elbow grease would be used up without the use of a chainsaw, and the wild larder would be pretty bare. The treehouse itself seems to be holding up rather well bar the odd dribble of water here and there, the wood, devoid of the vivid green of the summer months seems cold and uninviting…
Today I trekked through the snow for an hour or two (the country lanes wouldn’t support anything less than a 4x4) to go and see my old house and spend a bit of time enjoying the absolute muffled silence that comes with a heavy snowfall.
I prepared well and brought the ingredients for the essential cup of warming tea and the axe to split down some wood. When I walked inside the treehouse it looked as though Bertha has been taking the heaviest weathering: the stove top had a thick layer of rust on top, the water bucket (my fire extinguisher if you like) was frozen solid. I chopped some leftover scraps of wood I had stashed underneath the coracle for just such an occasion as this, and fired up bertha for the first time in months. She’s still got it! As the treehouse warmed up to room temperature, I went to the field to fill my billycan with snow to make tea. As I walked back the smoke pouring out of the chimney looked more inviting than ever.
All in all it was a good visit, the treehouse was not really built to last forever, mainly to hold up for the six months I was resident, but it appears I have done rather a fine job! The treehouse is slowly being reabsorbed by the wood, judging by the small black & white dollops of bird crap dotted about the inside, the feathered beings of the wood are pleased with my absence, a cheeky little wren even flew in whilst I was enjoying my cuppa, took one look at me and flew out again.
On my walk home through a brief blizzard, I popped in at the patch…finally my leeks are ready!
Just a quick update, I have now purchased the domain www.huntergathercook.com, so you can leave the typepad bit out, www.thetreehousediaries is, as always, the other option. I hope you are all enjoying the snow, think I might be taking the surfboard out for a spin tomorrow and attempt to make an igloo in between struggling with book proposals and other plans for the year ahead…the next adventure is going to be awesome! Perhaps even better than the treehouse…
Next post I will be whipping out the tarts…pear based with a dangerously strong Eau de Vie sorbet-A rather clever concoction, not many puddings can get you pissed!
Last of all, time for the seasonal comparison: