When a large cherry tree had to come down in the backyard at the end of last summer, I asked the sawyers to leave six feet of the sizable stump standing.
The stump sat there all fall and winter—I kept waiting for a suitable chunk of time, such as a long, empty weekend, to tackle the project.
Each of them drew out a sketch of things they’d like to include in a fort.
We checked out eight books from the library on how to build a treehouse and began talking about how to make it work.
Located at the foot of Mount Sinai, Saint Catherine's Monastery was the start of the city, it was constructed by order of the Emperor Justinian between 527 and 565.At each stage, we discovered what needed to take place, and then solved the problems with one another.After six weeks of putting in an hour here and 45 minutes there, we had a structure that somewhat resembled our original design. Some of the work was too hard for the kids to contribute to meaningfully (such as chopping out notches in the trunk for steps), but I let them handle nailing the planks to the frame for the floor.The town's monastery lies in Wadi el Deir, opposite Wadi Raha (Wadi Muka’das, the Holy Valley).Mount Sinai can be reached from the monastery or, alternatively, from Wadi El Arbain where the Rock of Moses (Hagar Musa) and the Monastery of the Forty Martyrs are. The highest mountains ranges in Egypt surround the town with many smaller valleys leading from the basin to the mountains in all directions.
They were immediately engrossed in the project, and it was a lot of fun to share conversations about how to pull this off.