The nearly finished retreat is nestled between the arms of a volunteer apple tree. Here is a case where one of those multi-trunked mis-behaviors is put to good use. We sawed off a couple of the trunks, which now serve as a platform for the treehouse. The branches are being trained to envelop the house, in order to make the whole sturdier (and safer) each succeeding year. We have also been grafting new apple varieties on the tree, a few each year so guests to the aerial digs might enjoy perhaps a different dessert out every window. Yet another example of how some good old fashioned nonsense makes life worthwhile.