John & Anne Wiley

2012/07/26

Play House

As a kid I was fascinated by doll houses. Nothing about the dolls, but the creative architecture and little details. On one of our Big Adventures we flew into Chicago, and a museum there had an astounding collection of doll houses. But I digress. As a young adult living in the northwest I was thrilled to discover that grown-ups could create houses with imaginative designs and cool little details. In fact, I eventually built one. But again you may be wondering where this is leading. Well, on a local flight I noticed this place in Santa Ynez Valley.

1245 Dream Land

1245 Dream Land

Now the Neverland Ranch once made fanciful by Michael Jackson is only a few miles from here, and it’s easily more fanciful. But this place has lots of creativity and cool details. Not just the shape of that pond, the house itself, or the flower garden with fountain. Check out the grand old oak with a stone path to it.

1245 Tree House

1245 Tree House

Maybe there’s a secret entrance to an underground Hobbit house that pops up out of the grass at the end of the stone stairs. Some residual Peter Pan in me wonders if that might be a hollow trunk with another entrance. Aside from all that, doesn’t it seem there just has to be at least a wooden platform tree fort up inside the stout branches? My fave feature tho is what appears to be an old water tower converted to a “fort” for grown up kids.

1245 Tower Fort

1245 Tower Fort

How cool is that?! Some people imagine a place like this – and then build it. Having created a life beyond what I could even dream, places like this resonate strongly with my value of a Life Lived. While most people emphasize stability and conformity, my heart is ever drawn to expressions of imaginative playfulness. Flying as a form of Joyful Adventure and Exploration, for example. đŸ™‚

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