One Month Later…


PipaIt's exactly one month since we moved up to Warwickshire and I feel like I've been here for years already… what a great idea this was 🙂

I blog a lot on my personal website so you'll get much more detail there but here's a synopsis, in numbers, as requested by Miceal…

4 days, 3 removal men, 2 lorries and copious cups of coffee.

98 miles later, we moved everything across 3 counties.

160 emptied boxes – we are gradually getting everything in the right places.

15 boxes still in the garage that I can't bring myself to sort … logs, extra pans, Christmas decorations, things like that.

10 days without broadband and TV was just divine, I've kept the TV pretty much off ever since but am grateful for broadband, despite it's sluggishness at times.

4 chickens were bought, resulting already in 20,000 poos and about 18 eggs so far… which I can't bring myself to eat!

Pipa's kids helping with the boxes The children with the animals

2 dead mice so far from my crazy cat who stayed in for just 3 days… so much for keeping a cat inside for 3 weeks when you move, not a chance!!!

1 very happy dog loves his new home found and consumed the leg of a deer yesterday whilst walking across the fields. Regularly eats his own body weight in the apples which fall from …

5 apple trees which drive me mad because as fast as I pick them up, they keep falling! I've so far made buckets of apple sauce but can't find the juicer anywhere. Good job I've a big freezer!

25 metres of fencing I went and bought along with 10 huge metal stakes and then built my own fence, creating an orchard which sounded glamorous but was an attempt to separate the dog and the apples … unsuccessfully!

67 home grown potatoes (thank you Richard Jackson!!)

Pipa's dog The children with home-grown potatoes

9 days of fighting the fence, the dog wiggling underneath and then trying to catch my rabbit who kept managing to get stuck the other side … so it was pulled down and I continue to chase falling apples.

7 nights sleeping out in the garden (not me, the bunny) and surviving Mr Fox because I couldn't catch her. I was beginning to give up hope, even tempted to call Mr Fox in … I have since caught her, we had words!

6 wellies lined up by the back door used numerous times on a daily basis and 12 wheels under our feet now on a Saturday night at the newly discovered roller disco … oh yes, beyond fun!!!

120 mins roller skating anti-clockwise without stopping on a Saturday night made me feel 21 but the following morning reminded me that I'm that plus 20 more!

1200 litres of oil in the tank in the garden, my new fuel I've not quite got my head around using just yet.

Pipa's garden

91 miles back to QVC when I return in the New Year.

2 sets of new school uniform for 2 exceptionally happy children loving their new home, life, friends and everything that comes with it!

1 most content Pipa 🙂

As for everything else, go to for a catch up because there's been sooo much going on. Suffice to say life is GREAT and I'm thrilled I took the jump. It literally was a jump too as when we left, I hadn't even exchanged on the house I was selling which is funding my 6 months off!

I can now breathe as today we exchanged … relief … my plan B was to return in October, but I can now stick to plan A – thanks Sara for keeping my seat warm, I'll see you all in Feb xxx


  1. Elaine Ann Baker September 24, 2013 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

    Wishing you happy, sunny days at your new home and hurry back to QVC – missing your sense of humor already..Lainey x

  2. Sara September 24, 2013 at 8:16 pm -  Reply

    So happy to read this Pipa! Well done for taking the risk… No rewards for sitting on the fence. Having a lovely lovely time being back at QVC & everyone making me feel so welcome. Absolute pleasure & sending you all love & support. Look forward to a catch up whenever we can. Sara x

  3. Karen J September 25, 2013 at 11:15 pm -  Reply

    How lovely. Good to see you have all settled in so well, and very kind of you to drop us a line. Look forward to seeing you in the new year. Lets hope qvc don’t make any more decisions that so many people are unhappy with and put you off returning. Lots of love K x

  4. Happyshopper September 26, 2013 at 10:07 am -  Reply

    Hi Pippa Fantastic to hear your move has been a success so far.Very best wishes to you all. I moved over 300 miles, England to Scotland and have no regrets. Life is too short for What if’s. Enjoy!!

  5. Catherine Huntley September 30, 2013 at 6:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Pipa,
    Lovely to read your fabulous update! Really happy things are going so well. Enjoy your sabbatical and see you back at Le Q in the new year!
    Much love to you & the littlies,
    Catherine xx

  6. Anna morgan October 2, 2013 at 2:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa, love qvc but have never delved into the presenter blogs … Until now… Had to find out where you’ve been,as your my favourite presenter! So glad you haven’t left!! Good luck with your move..
    Best wishes, Anna x

  7. Sue Patterson October 2, 2013 at 3:16 pm -  Reply

    Good luck for the future in your new home. Loving your blog! x

  8. Annette Johnstone October 3, 2013 at 1:59 am -  Reply

    Hi Pipa,
    My sister and I were talking today about how we had noticed you missing from QVC so I decided to try and find out where and what you were doing. You are a SUPER PRESENTER and I am sure you will be sourly missed by many QVC customers over the next few months – I know that we both miss you xx GOOD LUCK to you and your lovely family in your new home and as we say in Scotland “HASTE YEE BACK” to our living rooms in the New Year.
    Take care and enjoy your break,
    All the best, Annette Johnstone

  9. Jean October 4, 2013 at 8:06 am -  Reply

    Hi Pipa,
    You were suppose to be taking a break, it sounds as if you are working even harder. The animals are certainly giving you the run around. Our Labradors love the apples in the garden, and yes I get the same problem, more on the ground than on the tree. I have also made lots of apple sauce.
    You are definately kept on your toes with all that is going on, I hope you soon get settled in and get the animals under control, worse than the children arent they. Glad you got the other house exchanged one thing less to worry about. Your new property looks great.
    Anyway Pipa, keep picking up the apples, telling the dog off and chasing the rabbit and you will be fine.
    Looking forward to seeing you back on QVC, quite a journey it will be for you. Take care and have fun.
    Love Jean X

  10. Elizabeth Morton October 4, 2013 at 10:24 am -  Reply

    Hi Pipa,
    Delighted to hear that you’ve made the move! No one could ever accuse you of being lazy. Really pleased to hear that your children are settled too plus all the various animals.
    Enjoy, hope you’re getting the hang of the oil-heating system and well done for taking the plunge – good for you!
    All the very best to you,
    Beth XXX.

  11. Sharon Gasparutti October 5, 2013 at 7:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa,
    It sounds like hard work with all that moving, but great to hear and read that all has gone well. You are missed but sometimes a break is as good as a rest.
    You go Pipa and enjoy the new surroundings.

  12. Ann October 6, 2013 at 4:43 pm -  Reply

    Hello Pippa
    What a relief for us all to know you will be returning in the New Year. Loads of love, good luck and happiness to you the little ones and those adorable pets in your new home together.
    Big hugs Annxx

  13. Sue Nokes October 8, 2013 at 12:36 pm -  Reply

    Warwickshire is a beautiful, diverse county. We’re just over the border in Worcestershire, but hubby works in Stratford-on-Avon. We’re National Trust members and spend a lot of time in Warwickshire.
    I’m sure you’ll love your new life & I look forward to seeing you on QVC in 2014.
    Sue Nokes

  14. Vivienne Wallis October 11, 2013 at 3:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa,
    So happy everything finally fell into place for you. Truly hope to see you back at QVC in 2014.

  15. helen vessey October 18, 2013 at 12:22 pm -  Reply

    Llke a previous poster, I have never been on this site before, so glad I googled “where is pipa?” !!! What are these “decisions” that people are not happy with? Miss your smiley happy face and cheery chatter – look forward to seeing you back soon. Oh and your new life looks fab. Enjoy.

  16. Pipa Gordon October 22, 2013 at 10:50 am -  Reply

    Hi everyone, thanks for all the lovely comments 🙂 …I’ll do another update in the run up to Christmas the meantime, I’m still on Twitter and my own blog, oh and Facebook periodically too ….today I’m on the sofa though …I’ve had 10 days of non stop visitors and craziness ….so listening to Women’s Hour with a cup of tea and laptop, watching horizontal rain in the garden, more apples still yet to fall and chickens who have discovered they can jump on top of their coup and then leap over the fence into the garden …oh joy! Take care all xxx

  17. cecilia sheeran October 26, 2013 at 7:35 pm -  Reply

    hi Pipa. you are sorely missed but delighted to know life is good for you and your family. also to know you will be back at Q before VERY long. take care of yourself.

  18. elizabeth November 5, 2013 at 7:02 pm -  Reply

    Good luck pippa to you and your children in your new home.looking forward to seeing you back on our screens in the new year xx

  19. Christine Stevenson November 9, 2013 at 3:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa, I want to be YOU! Heaven IS a place on Earth! Enjoy every moment of your time off but please come back soon as really missing you on screen! Sounds like “the good life” so drink it all in!!!
    Lots of love and best wishes/congatulations on the new life!

  20. Ester November 29, 2013 at 2:19 pm -  Reply

    Well done Pipa, wondered where you had gone LOL! So happy that it has worked out well for you, the children and the pets, if any one could do it ~ you could and did!
    Looking forward to seeing you again on QVC in February, how are you going to manage with Chiswick being so far away from home? Do you have a Nanny for the children?
    All the best to you all

  21. Joan Jackson January 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm -  Reply

    so glad you will be returning soon, I have missed your lovely personality. Best Wishes for the New Year to you and yours especially the ‘climbing’ chickens sounds like fun !
    Joan J

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