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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Community.

In this Badge Bit, you will improve a physical location that has already been branded. To see how to brand a location, look at this thread.

Ideas for improving a location:

      - Set up a water proof log and trinket center - possibly a mail box  etc. etc. etc.
      - add art
      - add benches (like this three log bench or this half-log bench with four legs)
      - add a stool
      - add a small shed for tools, snacks, toys, garbage, seeds, etc.
      - chalk board
      - if appropriate, water
      - if appropriate, electricity
          - music
          - solar powered lights
      - add a covered bench (maybe in combination with the small shed)
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      - picnic table
      - an arbor/trellis/bean teepee for shade
      - a rock pathway
      - decking
      - a bird house
      - a frog pond
      - a decorative gate or fence, like those in the junkpole fence thread

To qualify for this Badge Bit, you must:
 - Post link to the post in the thread about the branded location, that has info and pics about your improvement
 - Post before, during and after pics.
 - this improvement must rack up 1.5 points by the rules of Oddball points

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Today I installed two improvements to Tree Fort House (https://permies.com/t/101799/Tree-Fort-House#844073)

We got a bucket (I asked my husband to buy a metal bucket on his way home...instead he got a plastic red one, since red is my son's favorite color). I went up and predrilled a hole in the tree (with the fiskars non-electric hand drill) and then screws in the hook (previous owner had a bunch of these already installed in our garage, so I unscrewed from the garage, and put it in the tree instead.). We actually installed it last night...but it got too dark, so we came out again to play today!

Here's the before picture


Here's the installation picture (it was dark)


and one from today


And some with it in use!


We also made a sign for the little nook nearby that the kids want to connect somehow to the Tree Fort House.


Before picture


First installation


Second Installation (they wanted it higher)


And then we turned the slope between the areas into a sledding area (had to add snow and compact it down so that they could sled easily.)




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Dead center of the last image:  is that a giant lizard trying to get into the tree?

Where does the bucket go?  Is it a permanent installation?  I think if there is a tree house up there, then the bucket on a pulley is an excellent addition.   But it seems the bucket goes up and then there is nothing there.  ??

 
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It is a permanent installation! So far, they like playing up there as it is, but we have plans of installing some decking (WOOT! another badge bit to work on) and maybe railing to enlarge the area. It's actually about 6+ square feet up there, since it was a large maple when it got copiced (by whomever copiced the thing.)

We're planning on putting in a few ladder rungs to make it easier to get up there for my daughter, and a rope swing, and whatever else the kids start wanting. I like that this project is kind of driven by my kids and what they want done and when. Right now, they DON'T want decking, and since it's their Tree House Fort, I'm doing the improvements they want. My daughter really wanted the sign for Huckleberry Book Nook, so I worked on that.

I'll see if I can find a picture that shows how big it is up there....
 
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Oh, and no, it's not a giant lizard. It's a big ol' curled root. I used it to stand on to stick on the Huckleberry Book Nook sign (thus it's lack of snow.)

I don't have an areal picture of the base. I'll try and get one for you tomorrow! There's about 2 feet of walking area behind my son, and 2 feet to our right of him.
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Finally got some more work done on the Tree Fort House! Yesterday I got out the woodburner to burn the edges of the ladder rungs, only to have the kids want me to make designs on them instead. So, now the rungs have little hearts and stars and hot air baloons and a rainbow! I installed them with lag bolts, and discovered when drilling that the sap was flowing! Drilled a second hole and stuck a straw in it, and we collected the dribbles with a cup (my camera's autofocus malfunctioned, thus the blurry picture).

Now my daughter can climb up by herself. She also likes to sit on the rungs!

First run installed


Extremely flattering picture taken by my son of me ratcheting in a lag bolt



All three rungs installed!


Maple tapping, the quick and easy and not-as-effective way!



 
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