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Pipa Gordon Hi folks,

Apologies as it’s been a wee while since I last checked in. Anyway as I was browsing through the most recent blogs from my fellow bloggers, I have to say some of them really hit a chord with me. Particularly Pipa and Kathy.

Pipa’s fascinating account of her recent visit to Canada and her husband's search for his roots, I found quite incredible. I can’t imagine what it must be like to discover suddenly close members of your family that you have never met before. It reminds me of something you’d see in a film! Amazing!

When I read Kathy’s blog about children and reading I have to say I was transported immediately back to my own childhood. My father was an extremely clever man and indeed a lover of books, and although I can only remember a handful of occasions that he read to me, I have very clear memories of Sunday afternoons going for walks and ending up in some bookshop for at least a couple hours.

My own love of books

It was from here that my own love of books developed. As children we were always encouraged to get books from the library and I would trot down on a Monday after school to get my weekly fix. I recall that at even six years old I was allowed a maximum of 3 books. This seemed at the time grossly unfair as adults could take out up to 6 books in any one week.

The problem was that I could easily spend hours browsing and choosing, only to have them finished by the Wednesday! This then resulted in me visiting my local bookshop where I again would spend hours (never actually buying anything mind you!). I remember I used to take an old bus ticket and use it to keep my place in whichever book I happened to be reading. This went on for months.

Being asked to leave from a bookshop!

I was about 7 years old at the time when suddenly as I was about to hide (yet again) the book that I was reading, there came a tap on the shoulder and the shop assistant said in rather austere tones, “Young lady, I think you have just about read every book we have in this shop! If you don’t intend to buy anything could you please leave!!” Well.

Outraged in my tender years I rushed back home, opened my piggy bank and returned immediately to make a purchase. Problem was I finished the book that evening so the next day I returned to say that I hadn’t liked it and could I get my money back or choose another book! I was then subjected to a thorough explanation on the differences between a bookstore and a public library, and promptly shown the door! No 30-day money-back guarantee there then !!!

I still love my books though, and as some of you are aware we have been involved in loads of building work at home and so most of them are still in storage. Problem is at our last count between my husband and me we have managed to chalk a total of around 900.

Perhaps it’s time to apply for further planning permission and build a library extension. Don’t know, what do you think? I’m sure we’re not the only ones!

Catch up soon. Promise!

Anne x


  1. Margaret November 19, 2009 at 11:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ann, Kathys blog about books has really stirred us up , loved your stories about your free “reads” in your local book shop, dont think the lady was a real book worm herself if it had been me I would have asked you if you recommended it not thrown you out.Got me thinking about what was my all time favourite and I must admit I love the Brontes, Jane Eyre Ive read about 10 times and always enjoy it ,think its a good winter night read by the fire.It would be lovely to live in a period property with a big library say somewhere like Chatsworth ,oh thats the dreamer in me so Anne if you can do!!! All my best wishes for Christmas and A Happy New Year, Margaretxx

  2. Anne Dawson November 20, 2009 at 9:48 am -  Reply

    Hi Margaret, Thanks for your comment. Couldn’t agree with you more. Tell you what though, I don’t live in a period property with a big library but when we moved into this house it already had a name. Guess what…… “the chatsworth”.!!! How psychic are you ? Great to hear from you and have a lovely Christmas (hope Santa brings you lots of books !).
    Anne x

  3. Linda January 8, 2010 at 1:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne
    Your blog about books has really brought back so many memories of my childhood – i’m from Glasgow too and so remember the weekly walk(after school on a Monday) to the library(Maryhill)to get yet another three(it was annoying that adults could take six books out!!) wonderful books. I love reading books – they take me to other worlds and experiences giving me a wealth of knowledge(both serious and frivolous)- infact i’ve got three on the go at the mo(i couldn’t decide which one to read first!!). Thanks for the brilliant blog Anne, i hope you and yours has a really happy and successful 2010.Awra best henx Love Linda

  4. Margaret January 24, 2010 at 12:40 am -  Reply

    Hi Anne, watched you on the Kim and co show where you were telling us about your holiday cruise and you mentioned you would be going to Ephesus in Turkey in August well when you do take plenty of water with you and my advice is to wear a sun hat and plenty of sun protection, we were there in July of last year and it was 42 its a very exposed site in the hills with no shade but truly well worth a visit I just loved it, do lookout for the storks nesting atop of the high columns, Kusadasi is where all the cruise ships come in and we are going back this year if you have the time try to visit the bazaar for some super bargains but be prepared to haggle they love you for it and its great fun, hope you have a fab time, Good Wishes Margaretx

  5. LIZ STRACHAN April 24, 2010 at 12:08 am -  Reply

    Hi Anne….where are you???????……..have not heard from you for ages…..looking forward to your blog soon….Liz.

  6. Julie May 29, 2010 at 3:52 pm -  Reply

    Anne …. No news from you lately…? When are you going to update your blog ….. all the other presenters seem to manage it…?

  7. Margaret June 3, 2010 at 1:43 am -  Reply

    Hi Anne, November was the last time you wrote on your blog, dont you have time for us anymore?, Best wishes Margaret.

  8. Margaret June 4, 2010 at 12:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne, last request didnt make it so here goes again, WHERE ARE YOU ????? as others have said other presenters manage it , well most do!! hope you are keeping well, not on air as much these days and you are missed.Best wishes Margaretx

  9. HELEN L SLEE June 16, 2010 at 9:42 am -  Reply

    LIZ X

  10. Carla A Rossi June 25, 2010 at 3:39 pm -  Reply

    Isn’t it about time you up-dated your blog??? It’s well over six months since the last time.

  11. Lesley Wolfenden July 18, 2010 at 9:20 pm -  Reply

    This section is entitled “weekly updates from presenters”. It is now July 2010 the last post from Anne Dawson was late 2009. Pretty poor I would say. I have seen her on QVC recently – please get her to write something more “up-to-datey”!

  12. mrs j long July 23, 2010 at 8:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne disappointed in not seeing a blog since November.Have you been ill? I love reading all the blogs as I live on my own and it makes me feel involved with other people .

  13. Cheryl August 12, 2010 at 7:18 pm -  Reply

    Come on Anne get blogging

  14. Cheryl September 2, 2010 at 12:17 pm -  Reply

    I suppose we can wait just over 2 months and you can give us a years blog

  15. Susan October 3, 2010 at 3:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne,
    Well aren’t you getting a hard time?! I felt I should write & say don’t be afraid to write another blog now!! You won’t get shouted at lol! I just hope you are well – I remember you had a really bad shoulder a few months ago & were off work for a quite a while. I know life is very busy for everyone nowadays – some have more time than others – so I understand that you don’t have an awful lot of time to blog. It would be lovely to hear just a quick update on how you & your family are doing when you have a minute just. I have seen you on air a few times recently & I have to say I think your hair is lovely quite blonde & you really suit the purple & mustardy colours I have seen you in also. Take care of yourself & hopefully hear from you soon.
    Susan x

  16. Susan Kerslake October 11, 2010 at 9:26 pm -  Reply

    no hard time from me but it would be nice to have an update.

  17. Margaret October 14, 2010 at 12:07 am -  Reply

    No hard time, eleven months and nothing, give up time, Margaret.

  18. Sylvia December 20, 2010 at 8:58 am -  Reply

    Hi Anne
    Come on you bloggers,STOP giving Anne a Hard time! We dont know what is happening in others lives. ANNE I Wish You and All you Family A Very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.Take Care. x

  19. Susan December 21, 2010 at 3:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne,
    I just wanted to say I agree with Sylvia! You never know what is going on truly in others lives. I’ve had many experiences of that. I just want to wish you a Happy Christmas and a healthy and happy 2011! I also have to say you look stunning in black. I saw you a while ago now on TV in black trousers and a beautiful black wrap around jacket with a gorgeous black belt. Stunning Anne!
    Take care,
    Susan x

  20. Patricia January 31, 2011 at 11:56 pm -  Reply

    Hello Anne,
    Have never done this before, saw you tonight and thought how lovely you looked. Your skin, hair in fact all of you looked really lovely this evening. I know you have rosey cheeks what did you do tonight because there were no signs at all?. Keep your hair that length it realy suits you.

  21. Wendy February 28, 2011 at 3:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne
    Was sitting up in bed this morning feeling unwell with a virus, and watched you on the Kipling show, which really took my mind off things. I really liked your top? Is it QVC? I must get one once I am back on my feet. Who knows I might even try Zumba!
    Glad to see you looking well,

  22. Susan March 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne,
    Just had to post a quick comment and tell you I was watching your bare escentuals show yesterday and again you look radiant! The leopard and black outfit/colour palate really suits you down to the ground and your hair, skin and makeup really are stunning. Keep looking fab – love your shows and would love a wee update on how you are!
    Take care
    Susan x

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