Life in Pictures: Hargray House

Hargray House - DIY Play house via little button diaries

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.

Hargray House - DIY Play house via little button diaries

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.

Hargray House - DIY Play house via little button diaries

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hooray for lazy summer weekends! This photo seems to sum up Harper, and summer, perfectly.

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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 ~

8 thoughts on “Life in Pictures: Hargray House

  1. What a lovely response to Nanna and Grandpa’s hard work. They so loved making this house. Love the name too :)

  2. Oooòh wow!! That is amazing and oh so pretty! Grandpa and Nana sure did them proud right down to the last details, they are so lucky. What a beautifully captured visit. I just love your pictures. Xx #countrykids

  3. What a lovely idea, it’s clear that so much time, effort and love went into building Hargray House. Your 2 look so pleased to have their own play house at Nanna and Grandpa’s, I’m sure you’ll be asked if you can visit there loads more over the rest of the summer! Splashing in a paddling pool and playing in a new play house looks like the perfect way for Harper and Gray to spend their summers.

    Thanks for sharing with me on #CountryKids.

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