Thursday, August 12, 2010

A house for Wendy

It was always called a wendy house when I was a child. That sweet child sized cottage I so wanted. I never really knew why but of course it is Peter Pan's Wendy.

You may remember, shortly after she arrives in Neverland Wendy is injured and Peter and the Lost Boys build a house around her as she sleeps.

Build a house?" exclaimed John.
"For the wendy," said Curly.
For Wendy?" John said, aghast. "Why, she is only a girl!"
"That," explained Curly, "is why we are her servants."

This is THE perfect Wendy House.... nestled in among the trees and with its own pint sized cottage garden.
But heavens why stop there? Wouldn't you just call in the architects to knock a litttle something up on the lawn for your princess?
Or pop online and order this sweet little number from Hamleys. Only 25,000 quid. And now that the British pound has the buying power of a peso it's so much more affordable.  Perfect for the kitchen garden at the country pile.
Or how about making use of the woods that back onto your country retreat? Dreamy. Perfect for those games of Robin Hood and his Merry Men...
Sorry I drifted off.  Let's step back into the harsh light of reality. My kids don't play Robin Hood... I don't think they know who he is. They play Star Wars. There is no country estate... we live in a weatherboard villa on a smaller than average section so this really is more like it.

Phoyo (Play House Of Your Own) is a New Zealand made playhouse.  Designed by an architect for her kids in the seventies she's now making them for her grandchildren and anyone else who'll pay for one. It fits together in sixty seconds (I imagine by not reading the instructions we could take an hour or so) and you can paint it to suit yourself. Rainbows, spaceships, cool grey and white to match the house?

It's just that I can't really imagine Wendy in it....

(Wendy house pics from Tomatoes from Canada, William Burgin, Hamleys, Judith Needham and Phoyo)


  1. Hi, Oh I do love the wicker play house, what fun, cheers Marie

  2. Oh, I can picture it quite fancy. You could paint pretend shutters and you could have flower vines going up the house. You could put a bird's nest on the roof. You could hang a sweet lil' mailbox next to the door...

    ... or...

    ... you could do the StarWars theme. The round windows could be Death Star & you could paint it all grey. :-)

  3. Wow the wicker one is amazing. I would love a little wendy house too I think I have missed the chance at least one is getting too old for it. xo

  4. You made me smile Ann, I love Peter Pan...and the 'cubby' houses- well, we can but dream! Hope you are having a lovely week. Emma xx

  5. I reckon that last house needs to be upholstered with a pretty padded floral fabric to make a perfect Wendy dreamhouse.


Thanks for taking the time to write, Ann x


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