The Boy Is Back!


Since my last blog, Myles has returned from Uzbekistan and turned 14 (not so much a boy any longer), Beely has had her first manicure and is about to turn 13 and the kitten continues to grow at a pace and eat us out of house and home …I think he might be part tiger!

So, starting with Myles. I can’t tell you how proud I was standing at Heathrow waiting for him to walk through the gates all on his own. He had sent me a text from Tashkent airport in Uzbekistan saying “I’ve made it through to the departure lounge Mum and am boarding in 10 minutes. Don’t worry about me, I’m fine and can’t wait to see you” What a thoughtful message that was, I was of course having kittens about him flying home alone. Air Uzbekistan had said they considered age 13 to be an adult (?!) and so wouldn’t allow him a chaperone which meant he had to negotiate a Russian speaking airport all on his own which is daunting for anyone to be honest, let alone a nearly 14 year old! Suffice to say he made it through and then sat next to an art history expert on the flight and it sounds like he held his own in conversation for the majority of the journey! Well done Myles 🙂

Now settled back at home, he is over jetlag and back in the swing of things having also celebrated his 14th birthday. The next mission is to learn Russian. He came home keen to become fluent, so we have found him a tutor and who knows what lies ahead, lessons start on Monday!

As for Beely, my nearly teenager, I took her for her first manicure today which she thoroughly loved. She gave up biting her nails earlier this year and has done fantastically so I thought a treat was well deserved. Our friend Ondine did her nails with OPI Kiss Me I’m Brazilian and she was chuffed to bits!

As for the kitten, well, what can I say? Moonface brings us buckets of laughs and terrorises everyone but is utterly gorgeous and the size of his tail is ridiculous!! The main object of his “affection” is poor Sherbert who gets attacked day in and day out, but he seems to enjoy it and has some very amusing teasing tricks up his sleeve.

And whilst we are catching up on the four legged family members, Beth is doing just fantastically ….!

Much love as always

Pipa x


  1. jackie October 20, 2017 at 3:44 pm -  Reply

    is that the equivalent of horse yoga!!

    • Pipa Gordon October 23, 2017 at 12:18 pm -  Reply

      Hi Jackie, ha yes I reckon it is x

  2. lorraine t October 20, 2017 at 7:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi So pleased for your Myles and yes learning russian will be great! Good for when he is older for business etc!

    I was going to ask about Beth! Ali is trying to dodge her fields being mashed up-can Beth go out every day in your livery yard in winter?

    • Pipa Gordon October 23, 2017 at 12:18 pm -  Reply

      Hi Lorraine, first lesson tonight and he’s super excited! As for Beth, yes absolutely out all day, I wouldn’t have it any other way xx

  3. Liberty October 21, 2017 at 1:29 am -  Reply

    Oh Pippa the kitten is to die for! Right up my street!

    I lost my rescue moggie in May & would love something just like yours, but refuse to service the breeders & those using their pets as income, when there are so many animals unwanted & needing homes. (no offence certified, kind breeders.)
    I am a Cotswold girl too, would be interested if M.M has any brothers or sisters needing a home?
    Glad the 2 legged is safe.xxxx

    • Pipa Gordon October 23, 2017 at 12:20 pm -  Reply

      Hi Liberty, oh I am so sorry to hear you lost your moggie. I’m afraid all ours were snapped up, have you tried Cats Protection Society? They always have so many to find homes for. Also the Blue Cross centre in Burford, I’m not sure if they have cats, last time I went I visited the ponies but do remember seeing they have a whole section for smaller pets. I hope you find a 4 footed friend to cuddle soon xx

  4. Josephine Jennings October 21, 2017 at 9:53 am -  Reply

    Pipa your children are a wonder. Myles sounds a very self confident, well rounded young man. Congratulations to Beely on stopping biting her nails. Not an easy thing to do.

    • Pipa Gordon October 23, 2017 at 12:22 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Josephine, I’m definitely a proud mum …still, doesn’t mean I’m not on their cases daily to tidy their rooms and eat their veg!!! xx

  5. marie October 22, 2017 at 8:25 am -  Reply

    Dear Pipa what a lovely blog its good to hear about your lovely family. Your cats are adorable. So good to read a blog thats not all about selling qvc products.
    Marie x

    • Pipa Gordon October 23, 2017 at 12:24 pm -  Reply

      Hi Marie, thanks for your kind words. The cats are indeed adorable but not so much to each other!! I’m never sure if they are playing or trying to kill each other!! I do understand what you mean about blog content, I try to get a balance between work and play x

  6. Christine October 22, 2017 at 1:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa Myles how grown is he, they grow up so fast. Moonface he looks like trouble. Beth is enjoying herself looks good.

    Take Care X

    • Pipa Gordon October 23, 2017 at 12:24 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Christine, I know, doesn’t time fly?? xx

  7. Sandra October 22, 2017 at 5:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa
    He’s home safe that’s the best thing to negotiate all that on his own is amazing they grow up so fast and you never stop worrying about them I have four all grown up and my 22year old travels here there and everywhere and I panic and worry from the moment he takes off until he lands. I expect your one happy mummy knowing he’s safe. It’s such a hard job being a mum and there is no manual to say what’s wrong or right we can only do our best and whatever we love them unconditionally xx

    • Pipa Gordon October 23, 2017 at 12:26 pm -  Reply

      Oh you’re so right Sandra! The one that drives me up the wall is when they say “why can’t you be like everyone else’s mum?” …to be fair, its Myles that says it as it’s generally in either wanting a later night or to watch an unsuitable film! I’m a stickler for good sleep and not just watching what you eat, but also what you consume mentally …makes me a “boring” Mum sometimes but like I say to them, once they are grown up, they can do what they like, in the meantime, it’s my job to protect, nourish and nuture! xx

  8. Pam October 22, 2017 at 6:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa, I am in shock seeing your two lovely children my how time has flown!! Congratulations to Myles on his mammoth trip, one of my son’s travelled to Australia all on his own and he was then 17 I can imagine how you felt so good luck to him in his quest to learn Russian!!I have watched you all through trials and tribulations along the way and am thrilled all has worked out well the happiest I’ve seen you well done????I remember when you first visited QVC with Sunglasses the name escapes me though!! Best wishes.

    • Pipa Gordon October 23, 2017 at 12:29 pm -  Reply

      Oh my word Pam that was a long time ago!! They were called Blublockers! Gosh, that was 1998 I think …wowzers that means I’ve been at QVC 20 years next year!!! You have most definitely journeyed with me on life’s path and thank you so much for your comments, you’re right, life isn’t perfect for any of us but I am indeed very happy. Thanks Pam xx

  9. Paula October 23, 2017 at 1:28 pm -  Reply

    Yikes! Cannot imagine my son (similar age) travelling alone across the world. Was it with a school trip? Sounds fab.
    Bet he’s happy to be home & allows the occasional mummy cuddle!

    • Pipa Gordon December 8, 2017 at 11:52 am -  Reply

      Hi Paula, he went to be part of a school over there in Uzbekistan but it was organised by us personally as opposed to through school as my best friend and her husband invited him to join them in their school out there x

  10. Susan October 24, 2017 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi pipa,
    Wonderful news that Myles is home safely. Clever boy. What a task to learn Russian..well done! X

    • Pipa Gordon December 8, 2017 at 11:52 am -  Reply

      Hi Susan, yes and a couple of months down the line the Russian is still going strong! I think it’s his favourite subject now and he’s wanting to be a translator!! xx

  11. Frances Maxwell November 10, 2017 at 6:26 pm -  Reply

    I had a kitten with a tail like that. I hate to tell you, he turned into an enormous cat. He’s15 now and gorgeous, but hugh. ?

    • Pipa Gordon December 8, 2017 at 11:53 am -  Reply

      Oh dear Frances I think you are right! He is nearly already as big as poor Sherbet and he’s only 7 months old!!!! x

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