Hidey House

For Ellie, like all young children, dogs, and cats, there is often more pleasure in the container than in a present.

She really loves hiding – behind a curtain, under a scarf around her head, beneath a stack of cushions, peeking round a door – in fact anything will do as long as she imagines she can’t be seen. In her nascent language this activity is termed “hidey”.

When she began hiding in an Amazon box, her mother converted this to a Hidey House and labelled it accordingly. On the day she dived into it rather too exuberantly Jackie repaired it with duct tape and it continued its usage until Flo remembered a different structure which, beginning with Louisa’s two children, our granddaughters Jessica and Imogen, now 17 and 15, has entertained a series of young visitors.

Flo brought it down from a cupboard upstairs and, with delighted hindrance from her daughter, erected it and set it up in place of the now redundant box.

With windows and a door, the tent-like structure can now accommodate parents possessing the required flexibility.

This evening we dined on smoked haddock fish cakes, Jackie’s ratatouille and piquant cauliflower cheese, creamy mashed potatoes, carrots, peas, and sweetcorn, with which I drank more of the Chateâuneuf.


  1. I love the Hidey House, so cute! Ellie is growing so fast, wow. Jackie, your dinners always sound so delicious! ????????

  2. My daughter thought about not pressing the princess idea. But as soon as her girl could walk she toddled right over to the Disney princess books! We even had Frozen birthday party once based on the movie.

  3. Ha! Yes, all kids enjoy a good box or places to hide!
    OH MY GOSH! That is THE most amazing Hidey-House! Beautiful, too! 🙂 I’m so glad Ellie has it to enjoy…a get away place from adults! Ha on what you said about parents!
    Is there any room in the garden for a Hidey-House out there some day?
    (((HUGS))) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  4. When I was a child, we built caves and castles out of furniture (mostly chairs) and blankets, often old sheets. Nothing stops a child from imagination, until we force them to grow up.

  5. I love the way Ellie has learnt to hide already. I imagine she gave all of you a good deal of pleasure watching her play and explore her ‘Hidey houses’ 🙂

  6. What a delightful little den Derrick and Ellie I am sure is more at home in it than those boxes.. 🙂 <3 How she grows 🙂 It doesn't seem five minutes since she was born.. <3

  7. Aw, what fun that Hidey House must be! I got a kick out of your description of “parents possessing the required flexibility” as I saw the adult squished in that beautiful pink structure meant for little ones! For sure, I would not be one of those “…possessing the required flexibility”!!

  8. Isn’t that wonderful? Remember the tents that kids made–we even made–of blankets secured across chairs and perhaps pillows and treasures hoarded within? There is always room for a cozy cave for great fun.

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