We went up to stay with Nanna and Grandpa recently. They’d been working on a secret project for most of this year. Nanna is a fantastic sewer and knitter extraordinaire, and Grandpa can turn a plank of wood into anything… literally anything. So I knew whatever it was going to be would be amazing.
We were led into the garden and the project was revealed. What we saw was a new playhouse – Hargray House. Grandpa had designed, built and engineered the house, and Nanna had worked on all the furnishings and interior decoration to make it perfect.
We were all utterly gobsmacked and very excited by Hargray House (a combination of the kids names) and Harper couldn’t stop smiling and dancing in it. Gray’s response was to strip down to his nappy, stomp and clap… which is always a good sign.
In the past they have made the kids everything from wooden puzzles to clothing but this was their biggest project to date. Every detail had been lovingly thought out – the kids’ favourite characters were hanging on the walls, there was storage for toys and art supplies, and even a pint-sized table for snacks.
We then didn’t see them much for the rest of the weekend as they wanted to eat, read and then sleep in there, and only came out to have a go on their bikes or jump in the paddling pool. That, or to come and ask for another story from Grandpa or Nanna on the reading bench.
The paddling pool definitely took second place on this trip. They did have a few dips in it and H decided everything and everyone (my camera included) needed a little cooling down with the hose. She even did the classic ‘check it’s working and spray yourself in the face’ trick at full blast.
Hooray for lazy summer weekends! This photo seems to sum up Harper, and summer, perfectly.
Hargray House is going to be a place for them to play in, hide away in, and probably even sulk as teenagers in – but also to grow together as siblings in. Thank you so much Nanna and Grandpa – they are so lucky to have it.
~ Laura xx ~