The Biosphere Tree
From the builder, Richard Gee, 27 May 2003:
The last day I worked there, Sumiko, from across the stream, brought her father and mother over. They were visiting from Japan. Her father is 86 years old and is an artitect and engineer. He was really amazed with the whole project and cliimbed right up to the new level faster than anyone I've seen before, sat right down in a lawn chair in what I think is the best spot for contiplation and gave his approval of the whole concept. When they left they were like excited little kids and gave me big hugs, which I'll pass on to you. It's little moments like that that make the treehome project worth the effort.
... We had a delightful fairy tea at your tree house on MOnday! Thank you very much for allowing this lovely party!!!! The 10 little 7 year old girls were spellbound within your surroundings! All but one were local Japanesse. They arrived without smiles and after being there only a few moments they were captured into fairyland. One asked if there was a fairy school at the top? When the answer was yes, she replied that she was going to ask her mother if she could go to that school! giggles!!! ONe said it smelled like happiness at the tree house! Some thought they saw fairies dancing down below. When it was time to go they all complained that they just got there and the rather stanch mother-in-law replied "my god you've been here all afternoon" I explained that they had all entered fairyland and so it seemed like just a twinkling of an eye to them, but Grandma had not really entered so it seemed like all afternoon to her! It was the perfect age for this type of interactive nature play.
...We felt like children again walking through the tree; finding cozy benches in the caverns of the branches. We talked about one of our favorite movies, The Swiss Family Robinson, and how we had wished back then that we had a tree house like that! We had so much fun. We never thought we would actually get to see one in real life, much less get to tour one! It's simply amazing how much thought went into building and working with the natural design of the tree, instead of destroying nature's plan and yet still keeping in mind that safety was important. We fantasized of what we would do if lived there. We were intrigued with the sphere! We shared our day's visit of the tree with our other children and gave them ideas of how they could built their very own tree house in the monkey pod tree at home. They're very excited to get started and wished that they could have come with us.
...Thank you for a most magical evening in "Neverland"! I was spellbound by the fantasy ambience you have created within your rainforest. Your generous outpouring of hospitality truly enchanted my heart. It was a dream of pure delights, an evening of playful inspirations and I am forever grateful!