Puddles, pooches and Peter Pan!


RSC Costume DressWhat an absolute joy it’s been to see the sun coming out from hibernation, and the feeling of warmth on my bones has been DIVINE!!!

As ever, there’s lots going on in life, all exciting and all wonderful… of course we have our fair share of stresses as do any family with little people, school, homework, exams, hormones etc etc … but it’s all good and certainly makes the world go around!

We continue to love life in Warwickshire and the joy of having the RSC just around the corner in Stratford-upon-Avon is particularly wonderful having managed to jump on tickets for the final week of the production “Wendy and Peter”.

It’s the most delightful adaptation of the Peter Pan story with amazing staging and a beautiful tale; I had tears streaming down my face throughout!! I’m sure that like Matilda did, it will go on to see huge success in the West End so if you see it pop up, I thoroughly recommend you grab tickets!

(In the pic, I’m standing behind one of the costumes used in Elizabeth I recently on display throughout the theatre … I’d love to put one on!!!)

Ogmore Field FamilyI have to say, the sun always brings out a sense of adventure in me. I’ve always loved spontaneous trips, so we took off to Wales at the first sight of blue sky and walked for miles across sand dunes along the coast, it was truly beautiful … other than the fact that my wellies suddenly developed a hole so I had one wet sock!

But, not to be perturbed by any discomfort, we made great fun out of Mummy leaping across streams and pools of water with the use of just one waterproofed foot for help … silver linings and all that jazz!



Crufts Dog & SonLast weekend held another last minute trip, this time to Crufts. It had been in the diary for months but I wasn’t certain we would go as there’s a lot of homework and music exams flying around at the moment so I find the need to balance rest with play at weekends quite important.

However, my son has desperately wanted his own dog for years and seeing as we’d just had such a positive parents evening, I thought why not?! He’s been very keen on a Pug for ages so I wanted the chance to take him to see lots of different breeds and learn about their personalities and needs whilst also lapping up plenty of cuddles.

We had an absolute ball and walked our feet off around the Birmingham NEC … what a HUGE venue it is?!!

Anyway, it then came down to a Pug and Japanese Shin or a Border Collie. Personally I’d like him to get a Heinz 57 as my Mum calls them, so when the time comes, we will check out the local RSPCA and see who needs a home but it was great for him to get a feel for the different personalities! He wants a chum who he can train and pootle about with, I think a collie cross would be perfect … we shall see!!

In the meantime, one dog, one cat, one rabbit, one hamster and four chickens are keeping me busy!!! … can you guess who produces the most work in the cleaning out department? All I can say is, it’s cheaper BUYING eggs! 😉

Love to you all and catch up soon

Pipa x


  1. Beth Morton March 15, 2014 at 1:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa,
    Your energy and love of life is amazing and quite contagious! The photo of your son with the gorgeous dog is adorable – glad to hear he’s doing well at school. I await details of the new addition to the family with interest!
    Good for you to take the opportunity to walk along the coast, even if you did have a wet foot! I love being near the sea, I find it very soothing and gets rid of the cobwebs – the photo of you three is great!
    Last but not least, good for you to make the comment about also being aware to incorporate rest into the day. I think so many of us, with and without children, think we must be DOING something and sometimes it’s nice to just stop for a while isn’t it?
    Keep up the good work!
    Beth XXX.

  2. Fiona Brackenridge March 17, 2014 at 1:42 pm -  Reply

    I can heartily recommend rescue dogs I have three who are all collie crosses. Mitch is a cross flat coat retriever/collie and very chilled, Jess is collie/terrier quite neurotic and twitchy and Tilly who is terrier/collie and a total diva. Collie’s are quite hardwork as being working dogs they need a job but if you get the chance do agility with them. Mine have all benefitted from it and it has helped develop the bond with them and helped them particularly Jess who had been quite badly treated to build their confidence. It is a great interest and you never know you might end up at Crufts competing!! All the best in your choice and I am glad to see that you are considering a rescue they are really worhtwhile. It’s good to see you back again

  3. Susanne Fitzpatrick March 21, 2014 at 3:53 pm -  Reply

    Beth, the other lady who commented on your blog is absolutely on the button when she says that sometimes we need to remember to ‘do nothing’. More difficult for those with children, I know, but even someone like me without children still rushes round like the proverbial headless chicken – working two jobs (one full-time, the other part-time), running clubs, baking for people, the gym, DIY, shopping, domestic stuff – I have just counted 59 books on my cupboard in the conservatory that I haven’t even read yet!
    Having been through work-related stress 18 months ago when I lost about half my hair, 8 fingernails (now growing thanks to Perfect Formula – yippee) etc, I’m determined NOT to be at everyone’s beck and call. This year, it’s my year and I intend to take day trips, jump on a train and see where it takes me, take photographs (having had a camera for Christmas in 2011 and not even unpacked it yet!) and read those books mentioned earlier.
    Come on summer – I can’t wait!
    Good wishes to you and your readers

  4. Pipa Gordon March 24, 2014 at 9:49 pm -  Reply

    Thanks Susanne, yes we do life at such a pace these days and I can’t see how it can be good for us. Whilst busy days to a certain extent are inevitable, I think it’s crucial that we guard our “down time” and actively be inactive …so to speak! I’m thrilled to hear your nails are doing well, gosh what an ordeal that must have been for you ….please take care of yourself, after all, if you don’t, and I say this to myself too, then it’s all a complete waste of time as we are no good to anyone when we are 6 foot under!
    Lots of love and enjoy the sunshine
    Pipa xx

  5. Pipa Gordon March 24, 2014 at 9:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Fiona, great tips thank you ….we are already practising agility in the garden!! I used to do it day in day out during the school holidays as a youngster with my retriever but I don’t think our lab is as keen!! My children however absolutely love creating the courses which we all take in turns with or without dog racing around!! Did you see the “Top Dog” done for Sports Relief?? It was a hoot!! Maybe one day that will be my son with his dog ….we shall see!!
    Take care, Pipa xx

  6. Valerie March 25, 2014 at 10:54 am -  Reply

    Hi Pipa Just to let you know I think a collie cross is an excellent idea. I have always had Shetland sheepdogs (6) and finally have a blue merle border collie she is delightful. My daughter has 4 boys and has a border collie and they all get along fine. She has a hectic life running her own business so you would manage just fine. Val in Kent

  7. Gill Smith April 10, 2014 at 11:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa,
    Great blog and glad to hear you and the children are loving your life in Warwickshire. Lovely pictures of all of you.
    Just a note on the proposed dog for your household, I can certainly vouch for the Border Collie. I had my first just before my eldest daughter was born and he lived to be fourteen. I then had a rescue dog, a border collie cross (not sure what with) and they both turned out to be lovely dogs, very intelligent and my two girls loved them dearly. Never harmed them in any way, but I always included the dog in everything I did so he wasn’t jealous of the girls. Interesting bath times!! My brother too had a border collie and he even took him to work with him. As you can tell I can’t praise the breed highly enough.
    My youngest daughter has always had dogs (as well as horses) and now has 3 children who have known nothing else but growing up around animals. She has had a german shepherd, a great dane, and now has a Dogue de Bordeau called Hooch (for obvious reasons). He is a lovable monster weighing nine stone and recently they have acquired a female who has gone on to produce 2 litters of gorgeous pups. My eldest daughter has also had 2 German shepherds and then a Staffie. She also has a youngish family and never had any problems with the dogs with regard to the children.
    As someone who works with dogs, I always say the dog’s behaviour is down to the owners. Love them as much as the rest of the family and include them in everything, if you can. Good luck with your choice, but my favourite would be the welsh border collie!!
    Nice to have you back on QVC. Enjoy the school holidays with the children and have a Happy Easter.
    Bye for now,
    Love Gill x x

  8. Jane April 12, 2014 at 7:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa,
    Please could you tell me which colour nail varnishes you were wearing on the Kipling show on Sat 12th April? They looked absolutely gorgeous.

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