Pipa and her daughter at the airport

Malta, One Moray Eel and Ten Thousand Turnips!


So the Easter holidays came and went and wow… Malta was such a wonderful surprise!

Pipa and her daughterHaving never been before, we didn’t quite know what to expect and so went with very open minds …. and to be honest, I’ve never enjoyed anywhere else quite like it, the Maltese are so so friendly!! Everyone was happy to chat, probably helped by the fact that the sun came out as like England, it’s early spring which is rather hit and miss but with 24 degrees most days, it was blissful!

Pipa and her husband

The weird thing was going on holiday without Myles as he was on a school trip to France for the week. We thought it would be good to go away as the three of us and then when Beely goes next year, we will do the same with Myles. We so rarely get one on one time – what family does? So to be able to take the time with just Beely and have a little adventure of our own was fantastic and she loved every minute of it!

The family

We were only there for three whole days but made the most of the rocky coastline by going on lots of walks and enjoying plenty of crabbing. We had hours of fun teasing the crabs who were loving our meaty treats but they were way more skilled at nicking the meat off the hook before we got a chance to lift them up!

I managed a couple which was fun (don’t worry, they don’t get harmed by the hook as they only grab the big bits of meat) … we did however accidentally catch a moray eel!! Typically none of us had a camera at that moment so there is no evidence other than our memory, but it was quite a coup, it was a good metre long!!

CrabbingPlaying the piano

We landed back home on the Friday evening with just enough time to meet Myles back at his school as the coach returned from France. We had a little extra time however, enough for Beely to play a little music to people hanging around in the arrivals lounge at Luton airport!!

So we are back home and spring has so definitely sprung! We took the dog for a walk along the canal this weekend and there was the strangest smell wafting in the warm air which rather reminded me of when I pop a wrap into the microwave for 15 seconds to warm it up a bit. We eventually came across the largest crop of turnips I have ever seen! It was four times wider than this picture shows!

Hope you’re enjoying the sunshine. I need to get some more Flower Power whilst it’s still Pick of the Month as my garden is ROMPING AWAY!!

Take care and much love

Pipa x

PS) remember to follow me on Twitter @PipaLive as all sorts of pics fly out from there and I’ll be doing a competition soon which I’ll be announcing there too!! x


  1. stefanie April 24, 2015 at 4:55 pm -  Reply

    How did Ophelia turn into Beely

  2. Lorraine April 24, 2015 at 8:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi pipa glad you liked malta my husband and I went this time last year and my son and girlfriend are going in June we enjoyed it but would go to sliema or st Julians next time instead of quara .your photos are so lovely you and Brian look so happy and suited I have been with my husband since we were sixteen wouldn’t change him for the world best wishes to you all love Loraine xxx

  3. Sheila April 26, 2015 at 7:39 pm -  Reply

    l think you will find that these are sugar beet not turnips.☺

  4. Pipa Gordon April 27, 2015 at 8:52 am -  Reply

    Hi Stefanie good question! When she was a baby Ophelia quickly became “Pheely” which then became “Pheely Beely” and it stopped at Beely. Mind you, her other nickname is Jonny Johnson …and THAT came out of nowhere when she was about 3 days old and I have no explanation for that whatsoever! I get lots of strange looks out and about when I nonchalantly call her “Jonny” x

  5. Pipa Gordon April 27, 2015 at 8:53 am -  Reply

    Thanks Lorraine, we stayed on the edge of St Julians at the Corinthian Resort Hotel. It was a great place to be as was on the edge of the town but you could easily walk in so you got the best of both worlds. I love your comment about you and your hubby …I wouldn’t change Brian either, I’m so lucky to have had a second chance at happy xx

  6. Pipa Gordon April 27, 2015 at 8:57 am -  Reply

    Sheila thank you ….I wasn’t convinced either but there was another couple passing us who seemed absolutely certain!! lol just goes to show eh? It makes a lot more sense as the smell was definitely sweet!! x

  7. Mairead Heaney April 28, 2015 at 12:00 am -  Reply

    Glad you had a lovely time and I was thinking exactly the same as you Stefanie about Ophelia turning into Beely? do let us know xx

  8. Susan May 6, 2015 at 8:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi pipa,
    I love your photos in the sun! It must be lovely to feel the sun on your skin after this cold weather! You all look great. How did Myles get on? X

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