Half term to go down in history…


Pipa with her children celebrating the JubileeWell, it's not every half term you can go back to school saying that in just one week you saw the Queen, stayed on a farm and went on safari!

Yes, we picked a great week to make the switch to Chiswick Park studios, but hey, who said you can't fit it all in? So, whilst the big move successfully took place I managed to squeeze a couple of fab trips in as it was half term for the children.

Oh, and remember my long lost aunt Penny from Tasmania? She's over for a couple of weeks too!! By the way, how do you like my red, white and blue Eton mess??

Pipa's red, white and blue Eton messSo, Jubilee… how could we not go and see the Queen? I remember the 1977 Silver Jubilee, decorating my bike for school and standing in the playground having my photo taken next to my brother with our special Jubilee T-shirts on, so I was determined to do something memorable for my children too.

We had events at school which I helped at, with my decorated nails (thanks to my daughter for pointing out they looked more like the French flag, which was true, but stripes are way easier than the Union Jack at that scale! No pleasing some people!!) and we braved the crowds on the Sunday to see the flotilla go by Battersea Bridge which was WELL worth it!

Not only did we manage to drive straight into London with no problem at all, we also got a fabulous picture of the royal barge taken by my daughter Ophelia on my shoulders (my neck just about survived, thanks to my arnica gel which by the way currently is used every evening for a foot rub on Myles' (my 8 year old's) supposed growing pains. I know they can be genuine but I'm sure he's milking it just to get the foot rubs!

Mid-week I was at QVC for the big move which I think went pretty darn fabulously and a huge well done to everyone who worked so jolly hard to make it happen!!!

Pipa's daughter at the farmThen on the Friday, I came home from work at about 7pm and the children were leaping up and down itching to go on an adventure for the weekend, so thanks to Google, I found us a working farm just outside Worcester with space for the following evening.

We packed our stuff and took off in the morning and had a BALL!! Firstly, Worcester is packed with QVC viewers which was a very welcome surprise to have so many friendly faces in a city I've not visited in 20 years.

We then went to the B&B for 2pm and within an hour were collecting eggs for breakfast, feeding the pigs, we even rode on a quad bike around the fields! I couldn't have asked for a more perfect time and NOT a drop of rain!! In fact we woke up to completely blue skies which was wonderful (despite the fact it was thanks to the cockerel at only 4.40am). 

Then after a wonderful breakfast of all farm produce (well, nearly – Myles asked which animal produced the baked beans lol!!) we then went off to the West Midlands Safari Park and saw everything from Indian rhino to African elephants, camels and white lions. We nearly got rammed by a pair of rhino (slightly scary) and even had a giraffe stick it's head in the car window!


   Pipa's son at the Safari park




All in all it was absolutely wonderful!!! I'm sure Myles will end up working with animals, he's a real little Dr Dolittle so seeing them really inspires him to learn more. He wants to be an explorer when he grows up… we shall see!!

We came home under dry blue skies on Sunday afternoon and then the heavens opened, almost like they waited for our weekend to be complete – ok maybe not, but I like to think so!

Hope your June is ok so far… I think I fancy hibernating now!! xx


1 Comment

  1. robert edmonds June 24, 2013 at 10:20 pm -  Reply

    must just thank you for your performance tonight. thought you were brilliant! dont get carried away, I am 73yrs of age!! best wishes
    robert edmonds

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