Pipa Gordon

Back to school!


I know New Year hails a new start for us all but I also find September holds a bit of a new beginning. After downing tools for a while and having a change of routine with the children over the summer holidays, I always come out the other side with some new ideas and fresh goals.

Saying that, Myles of course started school on August 14th, out in Uzbekistan which is where we also spent the last couple of weeks. I have huge amounts of photos and just didn’t know where to start so once again, the slide show becomes my friend.

Pipa Gordon

If you follow me on Twitter, I broke family rules and took my phone with me so hope you enjoyed the pics I shared along the way. Usually we don’t take any screens with us, but as Myles is staying out there until October, of course we will be communicating and so he needed his phone. Seemed like the perfect rule bending opportunity ….!

Pipa Gordon dictionary

Uzbekistan is the most interesting country to visit. They speak both Russian and Uzbek, depending on where you are and what age you are too so I started to make my own phonetic mobile dictionary that fit in my pocket and was a life saver as there is very very little English spoken. It was not only a great holiday, but also a fabulous experience for the children to experience a culture so very different from our own. It’s a real amalgamation of Soviet and Asian cultures so you get a real mix wherever you go.

Pipa Gordon

One of the highlights was seeing The Ark down in Bukhara. Bukhara is the city known as the Shining Pearl of the Silk Road, and the Ark has to be one of the oldest buildings in the world, built in 5BC. Granted it has been partly rebuilt over the last 20 years as it was bombed in the early 1990s however, some of the internal structures still stand and they really were breath taking. The sheer size of The Ark is incredible. The city itself is more than 2,500 years old and you can really feel it. I could have explored so much more of the Silk Route, perhaps one day we will. It’s utterly magical and I highly recommend it for those of you who are up for adventure!


In the meantime, I’ve brought back loads of fabric and am brimming with ideas so, no more leaving the sewing machine in the spare room gathering dust, I need to figure the jolly thing out!!!!

Really looking forward to being back on air on Wednesday September 6th.

Much love as always,

Pipa xx


  1. CJ August 31, 2017 at 3:25 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like a wonderful time and so happy to see you back on QVC soon 🙂

    • Pipa Gordon September 1, 2017 at 9:55 am -  Reply

      Thanks CJ xx

  2. Elizabeth keenan August 31, 2017 at 5:37 pm -  Reply

    Hiya pipa
    Sounds like a great wee holiday.
    Will be nice to see you back.
    Much love

    • Pipa Gordon September 1, 2017 at 9:56 am -  Reply

      Thank you Elizabeth, it will be good to see everyone, I feel like I’ve been gone for months! x

  3. Loraine Plumb September 1, 2017 at 7:05 am -  Reply

    Lovely pictures pipa and a experience for you all glad you had a great time missed you on QVC though welcome back Love Loraine xx

    • Pipa Gordon September 1, 2017 at 9:58 am -  Reply

      Thank you Loraine, I hope you had a good summer too, x

  4. Josephine Jennings September 1, 2017 at 9:07 am -  Reply

    A beautiful journey,photos are fabulous. I’m sure Myles will have an exceptional experience.

    • Pipa Gordon September 1, 2017 at 9:59 am -  Reply

      It really was Josephine and yes, Myles is still going strong and having a ball xx

  5. Susan September 2, 2017 at 7:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi pipa,
    What an unbelievable trip you all had! So good you all got to experience it together. Myles is a brave young man and so handsome. They’re both so like you. Where did you get your nice gold flip flops? You have such fabulous outfits! An incredible tan as always also. You go so dark! Was it super hot?x

    • Pipa Gordon September 5, 2017 at 10:57 am -  Reply

      Hi Susan, thanks for your message, yes we have been really, really fortunate this summer, it’s been quite magical. My gold flip flops are a funny one. I went to Ragdale Hall a number of years ago for a spa day but forgot to take flip flops with me and the ones they provided were massive. So, at vast expense I splashed out and bought some in the shop, however, I have LIVED in them for the past 4 summers and they just keep on going, they have turned out to be worth every penny as I love them. They were perfect in the very hot heat of Uzbekistan as it was mid thirties every day but cooled off by 6pm not to mention the fact that there was lots of shade so really was quite pleasant. xx

  6. Kathy September 3, 2017 at 12:22 pm -  Reply

    What a fabulous holiday, so different and interesting. Lovely photo’s too. Look forward to seeing what you make with the gorgeosus fabrics.

    • Pipa Gordon September 5, 2017 at 10:58 am -  Reply

      ha Kathy, you’re not the only one!! I can’t make up my mind! I am currently thinking of 2 duvet covers and a roman blind, possibly a jumpsuit but I’m not sure if the fabric is wide enough for the design I have in mind ….I will share on the blog when I get somewhere with them xx

  7. Christine September 6, 2017 at 7:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa you all look is if you’re all enjoying yourself. We are having a week away Harrogate late holiday on Friday.

    Take care X

  8. Gregory Burslem September 9, 2017 at 9:51 am -  Reply

    Hi Beautiful,Glad your Holiday was amazing.Wonderful Blog.xx

  9. Cindy Corrigan September 22, 2017 at 3:09 pm -  Reply

    Pipa, so interesting to read all about your travels, not sure how I would feel about @Uzbekistan though, sounds a bit to ‘remote’ for me now at this stage of my life, Fabulous opportunity for your son though. So pleased to see the lovely Brian in the pictures, he always looks so smiley and laid back. What a lovely family you have and what enterprising and fun parents you are. Look forward to reading more of your adventures and seeing the pics of your travels.

    Love and hugs

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