Autumn Re-resolutions…


OK, two thirds of the way through the year - no, three quarters!! Really?? Gosh that’s scary!! Anyway, I am re-challenged by my New Year’s resolution!! Taking more time, slowing down and LISTENING more!!
However, I can see that I'm still refining my mastery at plate spinning (not literally… although it would be fun to try!) and I'm still multi tasking a little too much for my liking. So, my Autumn Re-resolution, if there is to be such a thing, is to remind myself that life is in the moment. It’s not about next week, it’s about NOW!! So, again, slow down, bake a bit more, do one thing at a time, and listen, REALLY LISTEN WITH BOTH EARS to my children, to my thoughts, to life! Carpe diem - or even better, carpe momentum!! A little rusty on my latin?!
I don’t know about you but I grew up on movies like The Water Babies - the one with James Mason and Bernard Cribbins – and The Railway Children (also Bernard Cribbins). Did you see either of those?? I could have watched both of them a thousand times for all I know, I just never could tire of the stories!

The Railway Children was one of those that despite its darkness was full of optimism and determination and The Water Babies, through its fantasy, was entirely magical, musical and wonderful! So the relevance there? Well particularly with The Railway Children, I was always inspired at how they were so very self sufficient, and how they 'made home' despite the fact that they had so little and The Water Babies? Well, it’s all about eventually getting there! 
So in today’s world, how does my Railway Children style of self sufficiency actually look?? Well, that would of course be by lighting my Yankee Candles, storing frozen stewed apples in my Lock & Lock, scrubbing skirting boards with my It Works pads and my piano, which we all sing around with the local bobby on a Sunday evening, polished with my orange oil!
Some things just aren’t to be lived without..!

Love Pipa x


  1. Lesley Thomas October 2, 2009 at 10:37 am -  Reply

    Pipa, how could you. This morning (2nd Oct.) you wore a BEAUTIFUL multi stranded, very long, white pearl necklace and I was on the phone straight away to see whether I could order it. Only to be told that it was one of your own, not a QVC piece. I am so disappointed – please tell the buyers to get one in stock right away. Many thanks, Lesley

  2. Pipa Gordon October 2, 2009 at 10:19 pm -  Reply

    OH NO NO NO….. it WAS a QVC piece, from the Forbidden City Silver show that was on at 3pm that afternoon!!! I am so so so sorry!!!! I mentioned it on air at one point and the guys at liverpool should have been informed – I apologise profusely – but if you’re lucky, it may still be in stock – the item number is 694968, I do hope you get it!!!

  3. Diane Hyman October 4, 2009 at 10:58 am -  Reply

    my family and I have been revisiting all the old classic family films at the moment. Every weekend we all sit down together to watch one. Last weekend it was the secret garden, but we have also seen The railway children, a little princess, wizard of OZ, and Annie to name a few. The kids now adore them as much as I do, and it is amazing how children still love the escapism of the storylines of an age which was a lot simpler, and also without any of the special effects which are abundant in modern films. Iknow I probably sound ancient but I’m not it just I think when you have kids you want them to experience some of the pleasures you had as a child and see the things you saw, whether that is a run in the park or the beauty of an old film, and funnily enough with all the high tech gadgets kids have access to these days they still enjoy the things we did, it’s just that maybe as parents we need to spend the extra time needed to share them withthem.

  4. rose wild October 5, 2009 at 6:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi pippa
    Why have you changed your name ? Have I missed something.
    You always look good even when you change hair colour.
    Love rose

  5. Pipa Gordon October 6, 2009 at 9:55 am -  Reply

    Hiya Diane – I couldn’t agree more. I think it’s necessary to keep up with the times but at the same time, to not leave behind some of the good stuff from our childhoods too – we love climbing trees and building dens – imaginitive play, particularly outside when possible is so good for them – and for all of us!!
    Rose – I just went back to my maiden name that’s all. I’ve worked as Pipa Gordon for years and in 2008, after being married for 8 years and constantly getting muddled up between my married name (Vanderburg) and my maiden name (Gordon), I decided to make everything Vanderburg – but, a year later, I decided that none of us at QVC refer to me as Vanderburg – including me – and the work side of me just is Pipa Gordon.. the wife and mummy side of me is Vanderburg, so I decided to embrace the confusion and go with what feels right. Hope that answers the question and hasn’t left you even more confuuusssde!!!!!

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