The wind wasn’t my fault!


Pipa's childrenI can't believe I've managed to kill THREE trees this year!! I bought them in October, knowing I was going to put the house on the market this year.

Nice and tall fir type trees that sat in pots at the front of the house, and with a lovely wet winter assumed they would be just fine. Until they all went brown and I realised that the roof overhang had kept them nice and dry …NOT the plan!!

However, something which seems to be thriving are our potatoes!!!! It's the first time we've done these, having successfully failed with courgettes, strawberries and tomatoes, generally because of slugs and bugs (not ALWAYS my deficient skill in the gardening area … mind you I suppose you could count it still as my fault!). I bought these during a Richard Jackson hour and they've done brilliantly! Well, they did brilliantly until the wind blew (hilariously the day after this pic above was taken) so now they are all rather bent and broken but I am hoping we will still get a fairly decent crop ….the wind WASN'T my fault!

The plant after the wind had struck!Any tips in the veg growing arena are HUGELY appreciated if you would like to leave them below as when we move in August, there are already two raised veg beds in the garden with radishes, rhubarb, herbs… loads and loads and I'm determined to get it right!!!!

There's even kale growing currently which I'm thrilled about as it's our favourite green veg. The current owners have loved and tended the garden for 20 years so I don't want to undo all their hard work, but I truly seem to have brown fingers …or at least a blind spot when it comes to feeding and watering, although I'm glad to say the children are growing beautifully (don't be fooled by their placid smiles in this pic by the way!).

So, the plan is we move some time in August, I take off a few months from QVC and then will be back in early 2014. More on all that to follow too … but don't forget, any veg growing tips would be much much appreciated!

Take care

Pipa x


  1. Linda July 4, 2013 at 4:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa sorry can’t help with the gardening tips (our gorgeous Golden retriever who is now 19 months managed to arrange my garden LOL). So I’ve give up for the time being, hopefully he’ll improve. Good luck with the house move, sorry to hear you won’t be on QVC for a while, you will be missed,love watching your shows. Linda x

  2. Diane gilbank July 17, 2013 at 1:23 pm -  Reply

    Oh so sorry you will be away from qvc for a few months pipa but wish you well in whatever you are going to do. I love your shows and your themes for that hour always have me in stitches. Want to mention how much I love your hair style at the moment. The length really suits you and the colour. Lots of good luck for your time away. Hurry back in 2014.
    Best wishes Diane xx

  3. Sarah July 17, 2013 at 10:01 pm -  Reply


  4. Marion Ince July 18, 2013 at 2:18 pm -  Reply

    All the very best with your move and I hope good luck moves in with you and the children. I will miss you from the screen,you often make me laugh out loud . Best of luck,Marion xx

  5. laurie July 21, 2013 at 3:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa
    Love you on QVC and will miss you! didn’t you move afew years ago to your dram home and just read you are moving again-whats happening! x

  6. Pauline August 3, 2013 at 8:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa, You deserve the best in all you do in the future. I hope you are not away too long as I love you as one of the presenters and it wont be the same without you. Good Luck x

  7. Linda Holmes January 17, 2014 at 9:24 am -  Reply

    Pippa we miss you. At this rate your hair will be down to your waist!!! Best wishes to you and your family and hope to see you back soon.x

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