Our Great British Village Fayre


On the fieldYou may know I am good friends with our lovely QVC guest Beverley Cressman. We live not far from each other in Warwickshire and just last week she asked me if I would judge the “Wild Western” fancy dress at their village annual fete. Of course, always being up for some community fun, I said yes!

Once she explained the occasion and I was aware of all the wonderful opportunities to join in, we set to work! Beely entered three classes: six cupcakes baked by under 12s, a piece of art and a wild flower arrangement in a jam jar, also both under 12s. Myles entered a piece of woodwork into under 18s craft class and I entered a painting I did last year in the adult’s art class – a piece to have been done within the last two years.

Pipa in the tent with her daughter

It was all a rather long shot as we only had about three days to get it all together and arriving 12 minutes after the deadline to get all exhibits in the tent, we were very lucky to not be disqualified! I could see the judges already pacing with their clipboards, which in turn put on the pressure for the Wild West fancy dress to come that afternoon!

Judging time

We came back for the opening at 1pm and I met with Bev in the judges tent to discuss the fancy dress. There was some good prize money at stake so the pressure continued to pile on, particularly when I saw the effort some of the children and adults had gone to!

Prizes time
Suffice to say, by 2.30 my job was done – prizes and certificates had been handed out and the rest of the afternoon was ours to enjoy.

With Tynor at the Dog ShowI took our lab Tynor over to the dog show for our very first skirmish with competitive dog ownership. We loved jogging around, of course we weren’t placed but that was just fine because over in the tent… we had scooped 1st 2nd and 3rd prizes!

Beely was 2nd in every class she entered, Myles placed 3rd in the woodwork class which was quite impressive as he fell into the under 18s, and I came 1st in the art class!! I was gobsmacked! Two people even asked me about commissions …ha ha ha ha ha!!! I call it beginner’s luck!

Beely wins 2nd prize!
Pipa and her paintingNot that we are competitive, but we’re planning next year’s entrants already. We may even dabble in the homemade jams and cordial classes!

Happy August everyone!

Much love,

Pipa x


  1. martin forbes August 22, 2015 at 2:58 pm -  Reply

    hi pippa hope you are well iam not bad

    • Pipa Gordon October 1, 2015 at 10:35 am -  Reply

      Hi Martin, good to hear from you. Yes I’m very well thank you xx

  2. Rita Moore September 3, 2015 at 10:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa , just wanted to say ,I love your painting and would be proud to have it in my home .its a very striking thought provoking piece of art .you have two beautiful children .

    • Pipa Gordon October 1, 2015 at 10:35 am -  Reply

      Thanks Rita, I’m so not an artist but I do enjoy slapping a bit of paint on a canvas every now and then x

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