Here's a photo of our deck. As you can see, there's a tree growing in the middle of it.
Here's a more distant shot . . .
. . . and a closer one.
We are approaching 10 years in our current location. It has become an annual task, kind of like changing the batteries in the smoke detectors or putting on the storm windows, to enlarge the hole in the deck so as to make room for the tree trunk. Each year we lose a little more deck, which is fine since we clearly have plenty to spare. But as the pictures demonstrate, this tree is expanding not only outward but upward. It's just a matter of time before we're going to have to choose between the deck and the tree.
The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft a-gley . . .(From "To A Mouse" by Robert Burns. Click here to read the whole graceful, melodious thing. Come on--you know you want to! Enjoy!)