Cap­ti­vat­ing si­lence

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That way, he said, I could get away from the to-do list and the ques­tions about what’s for din­ner! A cou­ple of months later, Tony had de­signed it and hired a joiner to get it started.

I de­cided to keep it sim­ple, not fancy or styled and no elec­tric­ity or heat­ing. In­stead, there’s a sim­ple pa­tio ta­ble for a desk and I’ve re­cently added some bunting made from printed-out il­lus­tra­tions of my book cov­ers.

The best thing about my tree­house is the si­lence: the peace is cap­ti­vat­ing; noth­ing but bird­song and the gen­tle swish of leaves. In au­tumn, our or­chard pro­duces Vic­to­ria plums and three va­ri­eties of ap­ples, so I of­ten pop out and pick some fruit to keep me go­ing un­til lunchtime. In win­ter, I keep warm with pon­chos and throws – so there’s never an ex­cuse not to go there.

Mostly I’m work­ing on a novel, but some­times I just sit and lis­ten to the birds and see what comes to mind. I wouldn’t be able to do it with the girls play­ing loud mu­sic or ask­ing where some­thing is. Phoebe and Isobel soon lost in­ter­est in my tree­house when they dis­cov­ered there was no wifi!

Our fam­ily is go­ing through a dif­fi­cult time at the mo­ment be­cause Tony has stage four melanoma. We’re keep­ing pos­i­tive and he’s still work­ing, but of course it’s very hard. I still have the piece of pa­per with Tony’s sketch of the tree­house on it. I keep it to re­mind me of how he built me a tree­house to make my dreams come true.

A Match Made In Devon by Cathy Bram­ley (Transworld Pub­lish­ing, £3.99) is out now

Cathy’s tree­house gives her space to write

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