Samaritans, Sports Day, Sunshine and a Sapphire Ring!


I can’t believe we are almost at the end of term … and that means we have done one entire academic year already.

It’ll be our one-year anniversary living here in Warwickshire next month and boy, has the time flown at light speed! I feel like I’ve lived here for years, it’s like we never arrived which is wonderful.

There is always so much going on with lots of fabulous things to get involved with. Just the other day I went with Beverley Cressman (QVC guest) to a Samaritan’s fundraising lunch…

It was an absolute ball. They are doing a pop up shop in September which is such a great idea, they take over an empty shop for two weeks and everyone donates nice things they no longer want, to sell on … love it!

QVC Pipa Gordon's son sports day playing Quoite hula hoopsSo we just had sports day at school; from relay races to standing long jump, quoite throwing (see pic, my not-so-little boy holding a red quoite) and the inevitable 800m (I HATED running that race!) it was a blast!

Picnic rugs a gogo and plenty of liquids under the glorious sunshine which is so rare for sports days since we began school six years ago! Mind you, I do remember last year standing with an ice pack down the back of my shorts as it was a scorcher then, gladly not quite so hot this time!

Thank goodness for Ultrasun, it does give me peace of mind knowing the children are exposed to so much sun on a day like that! I doused them with the spray SPF50 for good measure after breakfast – job done, all protected!

Onto the next event … there’s a wedding to organise! 26th July this year, yes THIS year! Three years ago I was happy to be single forever, and then along came Brian, who when we were at University together 22 years ago dared to suggest we got married; being far too young at the time, I ran a mile – this time round it’s completely different.

He was then and is now, the most amazing man I’ve ever known and even better, the children adore him too! I think if we were to have a long engagement I’d arrange a banquet for the entire UK and have a hernia over shades of ribbons and napkins so giving ourselves one month means it’ll be simple and fabulous, which is perfect!

It does also mean however, as the reception is in my garden, that I’m frantically putting all the tips I’ve gathered from Richard Jackson over the years into good use at light speed!

Lawn magic will be doing it’s thing as the lawn is more moss than grass, which does rather make a pleasant cushion for blankets (silver linings and all that!). Oh and I’m going to raid Gill Gauntlett’s collection of solar lights because whilst mine are fab, I need more! (Soooo wish I bought her TSV last month!)

Time for me to measure out the space for the bouncy castle; useful when there are 25 children to be kept at bay!

Thank you for all your lovely congratulations that I’ve had on the various social platforms where we cross paths these days, I have been so touched once again by your friendliness and well wishing!!

Much love to you all

Pipa xx


  1. Susan Smith July 8, 2014 at 4:15 pm -  Reply

    CONGRATULATIONS, couldn’t have picked a better date that was my late parents wedding date, so I wish you every happiness, I am 2nd time around to the most amazing guy & we have had 27 years together, we celebrated our silver wedding this year. Obviously you are meant to be together!! Enjoy every moment of your
    Wedding day & be happy
    Much love
    Sue Smith

  2. Mandy Mitchell July 8, 2014 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa,
    Not sent you a message before but you have always been one of our favourite presenters as you are so genuine & down to earth; really missed you when you were away.I am a great believer in fate & so glad you are back in the arms of your “truly, madly, deeply” I am over the moon you are IN love again & ARE loved; there’s no better feeling in the world! Keep shining Pippa
    Love & best wishes
    Mandy x x

  3. gina July 8, 2014 at 10:21 pm -  Reply

    Wow pipa, that’s the way to do it! So pleased for you, I know the sun will shine for you both as it was written in the wind as they say!!
    Congratulations and I wish you health, luck, and love, for your future together.
    Please post some photos of your beautiful day soon.xx

  4. Debbie July 9, 2014 at 12:51 am -  Reply

    Wow Pipa just read your blog so excited for you you seem so happy and peaceful yet crazee mad &zingy i kinda think sometimes its great to organise some things quickly i think it will be fabulous in your garden surrounded by people you love i can see you barefoot and a wild flower bouquet er think i am going into Debbie world again, but you know what i mean all natural and not stuffy a really happy day hope your new man loves you to bits and looks after you always &for ever congratulations lovely lady .

  5. Beth Morton July 9, 2014 at 10:15 am -  Reply

    Hi Pipa,
    You deserve happiness and I am really delighted for you all! I didn’t meet ‘The One’ until I was in my late-30s but it’s been well worth the wait and whilst we haven’t tied the knot (I’m too nervous as I can’t do public speaking, silly hey?!!), it’s been nearly 7 years of happiness.
    My brother got married 12 years ago and the invites arrived just a month beforehand – a complete surprise and it was a perfect day! You know so many people and are such a generous, warmhearted person, you would invite everyone if you could so yes, go for it and ENJOY which I know you will.
    The ring is beautiful and Brian is a very lucky man!
    I’m looking forward to seeing the photos of you and your lovely family in due course,
    Beth XXX

  6. Pipa Gordon July 9, 2014 at 12:35 pm -  Reply

    Thank you ladies so very much for you kind comments! It’s a bit like a very calm whirlwind here at home, if there is such a thing! Today, I’ve bought ribbons for the trees and napkins …4 packs, on sale, done! Dress is organised, shoes are organised, flowers this afternoon. Invitations going out tomorrow (although thanks to modern technology amidst our tight timescale, all invited have had texts!) Mind you, it’s not all plain sailing as so far we’ve been through about 15 bridesmaid’s dresses …it’s a tad more tricky for a string bean when buying off the shelf! It’s not so easy to have fittings done for her as it is for me as she’s in school ….it’ll be fine and all will come together I have no doubt! Bell ringers however are yet to be rallied so everyone cross their fingers 🙂
    Lots of love everyone and thanks again for your messages
    Pipa xx
    My man does love me to bits, more than I have ever known anyone love. I’m super blessed

  7. Annette Roberts July 9, 2014 at 3:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa
    Wow, I wrote on your blog the other week, so glad your engagement isn’t as long as mine (19yrs), but bloomin heck girl, that’s a short one, although you have waited 22yrs for Brian to ask again…good on yer!!
    You’ve certainly got the energy to sort everything out!
    Congratulations and have a fantastic day!!
    Annette x

  8. Susan July 9, 2014 at 6:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa,
    Didn’t realise the wedding was this July! Man that’s quick! I do hope I meet the man of my dreams and it happens as quick as for you! I remember lovely Anne saying she only knew Danny for 6wks before he proposed! It can happen so I will hold out hope! Much love and enjoy your simple and fabulous day! Sounds right up my street!! x

  9. jilly m July 9, 2014 at 8:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa
    CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU AND BRIAN, so pleased for you both you deserve all the love in the world and I’m sure he is the man for you.
    You are such a genuine person with oodles of love to give.
    Have a fantastic day with thoes you love to surround you and from one of you greatest fans, heartfelt wishes for a long and happy life together.

  10. Rosemary Thompson July 10, 2014 at 3:37 pm -  Reply

    Dear Pippa
    Have just read your absolutely wonderful news. I have met you a couple of times and between you and Claire Sutton you are such normal down to earth people that it is a real pleasure to see and more importantly feel that you are happy. It is not an act and from all your replies you can really feel the excitement that your plans have generated. Be happy, have a memorable day with all those you love and love you around you. Please can we have photos as it would be lovely to see you both on your special day
    Be Happy
    Love Rosie
    I say it

  11. Myfanwy Brown July 10, 2014 at 6:13 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations Pipa, it could not happen to a lovelier woman!! I wish I could get to that place, begin again with a new/old love, too old and too cynical I am afraid! (needless to say not very likely, lol). It is my gorgeous son’s 25th birthday on the 26th July!! I hope you have a truly wonderful day.
    Loadsa love,

  12. Fiona Anderson July 10, 2014 at 9:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa
    I have never written on your blog before but wanted to wish you every happiness on the 26th of July as that is a very special day for me too. My husband and I will be celebrating our 28th wedding Anniversary on the 26th. It was the best day in my life and I’m sure it will be yours too.
    Good health and happiness to you and your family.
    Have a wonderful day when it comes.

  13. Susan Peeke July 11, 2014 at 2:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa Congratulations and wow super engagement ring ,good luck for the future. Enjoy you special day. Love susan

  14. rose gould July 11, 2014 at 9:32 pm -  Reply

    Wow Pipa just to wish you and Brian all the very best for yuur forthcoming wedding!
    I am really thrilled you have found love again,you have always been one of my favourite presenters,so bright and bubbly,i message you when you first started growing your hair again and told you to hang on in!!!well it looks fab!!
    Good luck and all the very best on your special day
    lots of love
    Rose xxxx

  15. Diane gilbank July 12, 2014 at 2:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi pipa, can’t tell you how fab it is to read you are so happy after all your trauma, and so excited to be getting married again soon. It will be perfect to have it in your garden too!!
    I planned my wedding in 6weeks and it all went very well, so I know it’s possible to do that. Been married 35 years so clearly it was the right choice!!
    I adore your engagement ring and keep watching your shows to get a glimpse of it, it’s so unique. Also hard to believe you have been in your house for a year, it has flown by for many reasons, but lovely to read how happy you are there too. Masse of good luck for your wedding and look forward to seeing the photos and hearing all about your special day very soon. Love to you diane xx

  16. Chris Bielski July 13, 2014 at 12:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa,congratulations on your engagement. I’m so glad you’ve found happiness at last! I hope you have an amazing day. Just watched you presenting the Elemis TSV and you look stunning. Much live Chris x

  17. Val Turner July 13, 2014 at 4:07 pm -  Reply

    I was just watching Kipling and saw your hands ‘wafting’ over the bags!!!!
    Thought to myself, that’s a nice ring! I haven’t seen Pippa wearing a ring on that finger for a very long time. I thought aye, aye!!
    Came on to your blog and such lovely news!
    Congratulations to you both. Well deserved. Congrats to the children also!
    I wish you every happiness and a wonderful Day to come. Sounds magical. As other ladies have said, yes please, let us see photos of the Wedding of the Year!!
    Delighted for you,
    Val xx

  18. Susan Pringle July 13, 2014 at 6:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa
    I have just read your blog and wanted to say congratulations for your forthcoming
    marriage to Brian. I am so pleased that you have found love again and that your
    two children love Brian too. On 28th July I will have been married to Jimmy for
    41 years – where have all those years gone? You, Claire and Debbie Flint are my favourite
    presenters and I love watching QVC when you are on. Perhaps the 3 of you could do
    a show together sometime???
    Have a brilliant day on the 26th and I can’t wait to hear all about it in your next blog!
    Hopefully, there will be pictures too??
    Lots of love to you all. Sue from Bradford

  19. Pipa Gordon July 14, 2014 at 9:33 pm -  Reply

    Val, “I thought aye aye” really made me laugh!! Thanks everyone, it’s so great to hear all the other celebrations also happening on 26th July, it’s going to be a great day …I’m watching the weather forecast closely though as although we have amazing weather this week, we all know how it can change overnight!! Dresses are now all sorted, invites have all been received, suits for the boys are also bought so we are getting there! I think I’m calm ….sort of! I can’t bear the thought of running out of food or drink though so that’ll be my next task ….good job the hens are laying loads, I think 3 or 4 pavlova bases need to be made! xx

  20. Mary Morphy July 16, 2014 at 12:55 am -  Reply

    To the lovely Pippa ‘Bonkers but in a good way’ and Brian. Congratulations to you both..noticed your engagement ring on air this week and it’s stunning. I would only expect you to plan a wedding in a month..that’s sooo the thing you do. Not surprised you are now in full wedding mode. Your day will be wonderful..looking forward to the pictures. Actuallyas I write it’s only a week and a bit to’s the grass looking? Much love to you both Mary

  21. linda morris July 16, 2014 at 2:13 pm -  Reply

    congratulations to u PiPa and BRIAN on your engagement I hope u all will be happy I have not seen a photo of the two of you I love it when you are on telly I do laugh a lot when you are on qvc lots of love linda morris

  22. Sue Kemp July 17, 2014 at 11:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa Just wanted to wish you Good Luck for your forthcoming wedding, I am sure it will be a brilliant day, much health and happiness to you both and all the family. Look forward to seeing some photos on the blog when you come down to earth afterwards……
    all the best Sue

  23. Susan Gammack July 18, 2014 at 2:13 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations Pipa,I’ve been married for 33 years and could
    not imagine my life without my other half,have a truly wonderful
    day.Looking forward to seeing pictures.

  24. Janice Marnock July 18, 2014 at 5:47 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations Pipa so happy for you. You were one of the first presenters I came across when I discovered Qvc you had just returned to work after having your second child and as I was off work due to having a car accident you really brightened my days. You have such a relaxed and happy style of presenting. My very best wishes to you and Brian and have a beautiful day on the 26th.
    Lots of love Janice M.

  25. mary lock July 19, 2014 at 8:17 am -  Reply

    Congratulations to you and Brian. I’ll be thinking of you on 26th and I hope the sun will be shining. How lovely for you and your children. Good luck to all of you.

  26. Paula Price July 20, 2014 at 9:43 pm -  Reply

    What a lovely story, to get together with a true love after all this time. So happy for you, huge congratulations and enjoy and cherish the time you have together. All the best for your wedding on the 26th – may the sun shine on you both xx

  27. carol robinson July 21, 2014 at 8:41 pm -  Reply

    Great news Pipa. Congratulations to you both. What a lovely story but very typical, Pipa ! I wish you both every happiness for the future and so glad you found each other again.
    Love and good wishes,
    PS Looking forward to hearing about your day and seeing some pics, hopefully ?

  28. Patricia Coulson- wood July 22, 2014 at 4:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa, love your spontaneity, wish my daughter would follow your lead She like Alison became engaged valentines day last, and we were thrilled. So far we’ve not made one single arrangement let alone set a date.
    I am sure that all of us viewers wish you,Brian and the children a very very happy life together. X Tricia.

  29. Sarah July 22, 2014 at 11:30 pm -  Reply

    May all the shamrocks be with you on Saturday Pip. Keep us updated with a photo or two and hope you Brian and the kids enjoy every minute

  30. Una July 24, 2014 at 10:48 am -  Reply

    Hope you have a fabulous day. Haven’t seen the weather forecast for Saturday, but hope the sun shines for you. Even if it doesn’t, I’m sure spirits will not be dampened.
    Una x

  31. Deb S July 24, 2014 at 3:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa Congratulations to you and Brian I wish you Health and Happiness I am a true believer in fate. I have been divorced and said I would not marry again stay single as had a bad time.
    I was at work on my last day as I was moving jobs a guy I knew many years ago came in to do training when we knew each other then we were both married. We got chatting and he was also divorced and single we exchanged numbers and he said if you fancy going for a drink one time let him know. Itook his number he wrote it on a small piece of paper I put it in my handbag.
    A few weeks later after I started my new job I thought I would see if he still fancied meeting up for drink I went to look for his number and couldn’t find it. I just thought oh well not to be that weekend I was out shopping and he saw me I explained I had lost his number and we arranged to meet up the following weekend.
    We have been married for 6 years this September and been together 8 years I really thought I would never find someone who would love me for me so happy and lucky to have him.
    Sorry long comment but so Happy for you both its wonderful
    Deb xx

  32. wendy stevens July 24, 2014 at 8:45 pm -  Reply

    hi pippa, many congratulations to both of you have a lovely day on saturday

  33. Charmaine July 24, 2014 at 9:03 pm -  Reply

    Never written to you before but think your great, congratulations to you both have a fab day, enjoy.

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