Miranda’s Daily Blog: Day 373

With all the love and support pouring in from around the globe on my anniversary in the tree – I was left feeling a sense of connection to the world. Yet, something was missing, a still had a feeling of loneliness. A strange mix of feeling intricately connected to the an international community and campaign, yet alone in the tree and disconnected from my own family and friends. And so when my Dad made the journey all the way to (and up) the Observer Tree – I was so happy! And what’s more… he came dressed as Santa 🙂 Check it out:

I have already had my Mum and my sister visit in the tree. And I wondered if my Dad would get the chance to come up the tree. When he told me that he had some time off work before Christmas and was going to visit… I was so excited.  He was worried about coming up the tree though… would we have enough to talk about to fill a few days? Usually when I spend time with my family, I don’t always get the chance to just sit down with my Dad and have the time to have long chats and get to know each other. So, being stuck on a small platform together for a few days, with nowhere else to go… it was a real gift! We had so much fun. I got to teach my Dad some card games. I got to tell him all about my tree top life (I think he was pretty impressed with my tree house structure). I will cherish the memories of those few days forever!

Last night I checked the comments on my blog, and my Dad had written this beautiful message about his visit to see me. I was so touched by this message, that I wanted to make sure you all read it, so I asked if I could re-post it here in this blog.

“Hi Miranda. I must say I am in total awe of you of your passion, conviction and courage to continue with your fight to save and protect the forest and the eco system that relies on it .

I have truly enjoyed the two days and two nights that I have had the privilege to spend with you in your tree top lookout. It is almost impossible to put into words the beauty that I witnessed, from the mist covered mountains in the early hours of the morning, to the changes in the whether, going though the four seasons in a very short time. One minute rain and wind with the tree swaying to and fro, to sunny and warm

One of the times I really felt at peace was during the night as I was wrapped in my sleeping bag listening to the sound of the rain in the canopy, waking in the morning and looking up at the blue sky.

It was beautiful to watch the birds come for a visit in the hope that they might snatch some food.

I loved, when we sat at the table and played uno or 500, with you winning the majority of the time I might add,or sitting having a chat and a laugh with a hot cup of chia tea and a tim tam while listening to the rain.

Being there is easy to see why you fight so hard to have these forests saved.

So Miranda I love you and support you in every aspect of the campaign as do the thousands of supporter around the globe, a big cheer for them,I don’t need to say keep up the good  work because I know you will.


And I am so grateful that I have had the chance to have a visit from my Dad. I  can’t wait till I get back to the ground and can continue on our card game and our conversation where we left off.

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Posted on December 22, 2012, in Daily Blog, Photos, Tree Sit Videos. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Madeleine h Kennedy

    Congratulations! Miranda, for living in The Observer Tree for so long in your quest to save the forests. How wonderful that your dad has come to visit you, and truly understand what you are fighting for. You now have memories of time spent together , that will last for ever, and good on your dad for spending this special time with you. Have a wonderful and Happy Christmas. from Madeleine Kennedy, Mt Evelyn Victoria.

  2. I love that your family visit you up there. You have the greatest dad ever and he has the greatest daughter ever. His words made me cry. Thank you for all that you do and have done and thanks to your dad and the rest of your fam because I’m sure knowing they support you and get why you do what you do makes all the difference sometimes. Take care up there.

  3. Very moving to see you and your Santa dad up the tree together. You are very brave and have great fortitude. Merry Christmas and may your struggle be successful.

  4. I always find this time of year to be a conundrum: I don’t celebrate xmas, but when I talk to people who do they invariably mention the reason why they celebrate is because it is a family time (as if the other 364 days are somehow anything else). I read what your Dad wrote for you, and the joy you shared in his presence, and to me, THIS is what the spirit of this season is about – truly be/ing with another person. No distractions, no preconceptions, just a sharing of self and the here and now. Much love to you Ms M. Your family has expanded beyond those who gave you birth and who share your DNA. Your family includes the sky, the birds, the trees and Gaia herself, and I know within the depth of my being that she holds you as a most precious spirit.

  5. Your Mum and Dad are almost as brave as you are – and the way they support you is wonderful. Admirable all round. Merry Christmas, and a happy New Year for you and the forests.

  6. Miranda,your Dad can be justifiably proud of you and the stand you are taking for the survival of the wilderness . Your family’s love and support must also help you to find the strength to carry on when things are tough. I know your Dad ,whilst being so proud of you, must also miss you terribly as well. I can sympathise with him, being the Dad of an English member of the team who, for a while, supported you in your treetop vigil and who hasn’t seen his daughter for over three years. However, I wouldn’t change anything, for like your dad, Miranda, I remain immensely proud of my daughter’s beliefs and principles and all the other people around you who value our wonderful world above self interest and unprincipled profit.
    I wish you and your family a happy Christmas and hope that 2013 will be the last year of your treetop vigil.
    Love , peace and victory in the New Year
    Kat’s Dad.

  7. Inspiring to be there for that long, keep up the good work! happy Christmas.

  8. You are an inspiration and I wish you a happy Christmas.

  9. keep up the good work , happy christmas , you are an inspiration to people world wide , good for you ! Tasmania is a beautiful place and those forests need preserving , can’t thank you enough xxx

  10. Dear Miranda,

    What a wonderful Father you have. He must be very proud of your courageous endeavours.

    Kudos for your family and friends, that have joined you for a night or two, in your beautiful Eucalyptus Observer Tree!

    I wish you all the best in 2013 🙂



  11. Madeleine h Kennedy

    “Happy New Year Miranda” I hope you will be back on the ground soon, thank you so much for your selfless effort to save the forest for us all. I hope many beautiful birds visit you today, this first day of 2013, full of admiration for all you are doing. Wishing you all the very best, Madeleine .

  12. Madeleine h Kennedy

    Hi Miranda, I left a comment yesterday on the wrong site I think, anyway I was thinking of you all day, it was hot and windy here in Mt Evelyn Vic getting to 41 like Tassie, and very windy, and concerned about you in the tree, as it turned out poor Tassie is in lots of trouble with the fires, you must have been very hot worried and uncomfortable. It ‘s a little cooler today see on the weather channel, but still dangerous. Take care, brave lady.
    Madeleine Kennedy.

  13. Madeleine h Kennedy

    Hi Miranda, just dropping a line to say hello, hope you are enjoying the cooler change in weather, keep up the good work, we think of you a lot here on the mainland.
    Warm wishes, Madeleine Kennedy.

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