How Lush!!!

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things...

Sunday, December 31, 2006


The safe arrival of baby Peter Elijah Turland, 3 weeks early but healthy and weighing in pretty well! Praise God!

Excitement of Abi arriving later and our new years eve plans! Watch out London, here we come!

Looking back over what God has done in and around us in 2006!

...How lush!

Saturday, December 30, 2006


Waving a very happy Yuri off on the train, knowing she had a restful fun family Christmas.

Driving home, slightly apprehensive and not really wanting to come back, but enjoying being together in our home again, with our protector and carer and provider God.

Making it through the scary torrential rain safely on the M1!

Unpacking, i know, how sad but i love it!

Finally mastering Sudoku, afetr quitting after failure 3 months ago!

...How lush!

Friday, December 29, 2006


Back in Nottingham after too long!

Vegging out and then venturing to town to peruse the sales and have a starbucks with Yuri and matts mum.

Feeling naughty but nice at watching 3 films in a row in front of the fire. Sky is very lush!

Having received enough christmas money to finally buy a very nice digital camera!

... How lush!

Thursday, December 28, 2006


Christmas at the Perkins

Jo's 'bump'!

Playing Taboo

Surviving it with a smile on my face and meaning it

...How lush!

Wednesday, December 27, 2006


Spending time with Helena and Mark. Really seeing how good he is for her, how good they are together, how good God has been to her.

Sudoku bog roll! love it!

Last lunch with my family before we head off to the Perkins side to do Christmas #2! Matt being really supportive, knowinghow hard i am finding it to leave my family this time.

...How lush!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006


First lie in in ages! Feeling truly relaxed and at home. No police, or disturbed sleep, escape to my wonderful parents and the security, safety, peace and quiet it's provided me. A little taste of the rest we long for the fulfilment of in God...

A lovely walk through picturesque Hellingly and cuckoo trail with Clive, Shireen, Yuri, Matt and Dad. A moving moment laying a christmas wreath at Grandmas grave, knowing she is with the Lord, which is far better!

The boxing day family 'buffet' with Uncle, Auntie and cousins and Della being a huge hit and such fun! Playing UNO, our rules with the first time of introducing 'slamming sixes'! Serena having made me a batch of cookies! Laughing at that 'special' Lisa photo til we cried!

...How lush!

Monday, December 25, 2006


Christmas day in the Wickham household and unusually getting up late, rolling out of bed to church, home to help make and eat yummy turkey and the trimmings and then and only then, opening our presents... how restrained!!!

Pondering again the great truths of the incarnation - God with us, God saves us!

Games, time with nanna and Gramps - comedy moments!

... how lush!

Sunday, December 24, 2006


Many non xians being at the special carol services!

Finishing work for the holidays! Packing up the car and having a clear drive to mum and dad's, the family all there, reunited!

Matt realising he's forgotton the bag of presents he had for me and stubbornly getting back in the car driving back the 2 hour journey to North London, then the 2 hour journey back to Hailsham again! Crazy love!

... How lush!

Saturday, December 23, 2006


Yuri arriving safely and having yummy takeaway with her, catching up on all our news...

Introducing her to Haejong and them getting on so well, in korean!

Walking in the crisp cold night

Knowing this time tomorrow we'll have finished work and be off on our hols!

So no 365 for a while...

Friday, December 22, 2006


Gods protection again in a scary situation

To distract from the events fo the afternoon, a long awaited trip to a Christmassy carol concert at the Royal Albert Hall with Brenda! The 'tour' in Jazzy!

Jo Brand being the guest organ soloist - random!

Being struck by how excited the carol writers were at the Incarnation!

Looking round at over 5 thousand people singing and hearing Gospel truths in every single song the whole night and wondering what they make of it? Do they understand? Or do they just block it all our, when it says Jesus is the Lord and king, He is God come to earth, he's come to save his people from their sins, to reconcile them to God, and we must give him our heart!

Rach staying over, slobbing in our PJ's.

...How lush!


staying in the snug warm the entire day and evening - praise God for central heating!

... How lush!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006


Last youth group Christmas party! Really kind gifts from kids and parents, including cheques, posh purse, champagne and choccies!

... How lush!

Monday, December 18, 2006


Staff Christmas party - cowboys and Indians stylee

My pink glittery Cowboy hat arriving - every girl needs one!

Ending up with a broken umbrella and some very smelly goats cheese in Secret Santa Swaps

... How lush!

Sunday, December 17, 2006


Getting in late exhausted from an entire day and evening spent at church at the Christmas services x3 and kids party! But knowing many people heard the gospel and knowing Christ was honoured and knowing only a week til we're on hols!

...How lush!


Ice skating on the heath!

...How lush!

Friday, December 15, 2006


Matt taking me on date night to see The Holiday... not as good as i hoped but fine!

Talking to Yuri on the phone

White choc chip cookies... addicted!!! Why do i have such an addictive personality??

Wandering through notting hill, portabello road and then Long acre, covent garden, some of my fave places!

Matt accidentally bumps my head with his hand:
Pippa: Ouch!
Matt: Oh sorry i was seeing if i could lick my elbow, i think i've figured it out!

Whats that all about?? It implies he's been practicing or at least considering the matter!
For better or worse...

How lush!

Thursday, December 14, 2006


Sad to see Allie go home, after a great week with her, but thankful to know she's got a good church in the USA and most of all, God has her safe in his hands and will not let her go.

Having fun with Emma watching the filming of "it's me or the dog" in a backstreet in Hampstead! Bizarre!

Having the guts to invite 'cool' people to the carol service on sunday

...How lush!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006


Putting up the Christmas tree in church as a staff team!

reviewing the past year at our last staff meeting of the year, seeing highs and lows, trouble and good that God has brought for the good of his people!

Real encouragements and visible acts of grace in people's lives! God is good!

Munching Krispy Kreme donuts together.. how Hampstead!

... How lush!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006


Little people. They say the funnniest things, let me clarify, not just short people but 3-5 year olds in my youth group. Quotes that made me laugh out loud today...

Nat: Then i watched Tevelision
Pippa: What did you watch Nat?
Nat: Tevelision, don't you know what that is?
Josh: Yes but he doesn't have a pumputer
Pippa: A what josh?
Josh: A bombputer

About to open the explorers advent calender together:
Pippa: So what date is it today then?
Nat: Tenteen
Andy: yep, tenteen, lets try and find it on here..mmmm...

...How lush!

Monday, December 11, 2006


Having coffee right next to Jules Oliver in Starbucks Hampstead, at 'family' time with our god daughter allie.


... How lush!

Sunday, December 10, 2006


Jasper on fire at Explorers!! The kids digging into the bible passages for themselves!

Managing to flukely cook a great roast beef!!

Lovely lazy afternoon with Matt, Rach, Hans the hot german (their inseparable!) and Allie

... How lush!

Saturday, December 09, 2006


Church Christmas party - Tati using the cracker toy comb i got her to comb her hair, then the dogs, then hers again! yum!

Going to the Griffins place at Maida Vale for a really fun evening of those crazy games like the scissor game, spoons, black magic, the triangle game and the cutlery game!

...How lush!

Friday, December 08, 2006


Putting up the Christmas tree - ahhhh listening to Christmas music and feeling christmasssy!

Wonderful Allie arrives from the USofA!!! Oh how brilliant to spend hours catching up on the last 6 months, it's like we were never apart! Feels so like normal to have her in the house! Allie taking us out to dinner...mmmmm! The continued transformation in her life, from knowing and trusting and loving God, a year old in her faith!

God has given me fabulous Allie's as friends, not sure why they all seem to be called Allie, or Ally or Ali though! But they are such dear ones!

... How Lush!


Lovely dinner with the whole Wyatt clan, with Hans the lovely german texting Rachel lots!!!!

Rach refusing to adhere to hygiene standards of hospital by saying about having to wash uniform before every shift: "It costs too much to do that much laundry!"
Watch out NHS, your fight against the spread of disease may be over!

... How lush!

Thursday, December 07, 2006


Gods protection yesterday

Getting to go to Titus, Bethany and Matthews school nativity play! cuuuuute!

...How lush!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006


Great staff mtg, lots of fun too.

Finding silly presents for secret santa for the staff Christmas party in a couple of weeks

writing talk on matthew 2:1-12

... How lush!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006


I love Tuesdays!

I love my Job!

I loved my homegroup hang out tonight, Lisa's AMAZING spinach dip and carrot cake!! mmmm Lipsmacking good! Honest loving chat and prayer.

Good fun time with Scott and Megan, and Lisa giving me her pink Clingfilm - LEGEND! Why is America so good at stuff like that? Why am i so insanely happy about stuff like that?

... How lush!

Monday, December 04, 2006


Engagement and wedding rings sliding of fmy finger into the kitchen bin with some rubbish i was putting in but being able to find them fairly quickly and non-messily!!

Evening spending time with Alix

... How lush!

Sunday, December 03, 2006


Travelling down to Sussex to see the family

Having a lovely day with Clive and Shireen and mum and dad, chilling, chatting and lovely dinner!

A gorgous Roast Lamb a la mama.

Being waited on hand and foot, and trying to serve parents too!

Laughing til i cried with my mum at some tragic old photos - WHY DID NO-ONE TELL US WHAT WE LOOKED LIKE IN THE 80's and 90's!!

A friend letting me know they googled me and there is actually ANOTHER Pippa Perkins!!! WHAT!!! I wonder if she married into the name or had it from birth! Evidently she is a key member of the Asian group cat society...ok!

Finding mum and dad's church not as dire as had expected, good visiting speaker who exalted Christ. The way the church look after one another practically.

The train back being all mucked up so having to stay another night, only to find brilliant sunday night TV, deal or no deal, and our 2 fave films - school of rock and Zoolander! Yes! Also means able to have another shower before return to broken dangerous shower of death at home!

The cool but sad noise and news of the firework factory fire down the road!

... How lush!