Diamonique celebrations, a Dyson TSV, and Dogs!


TobyHi again,

Nothing very interesting to report from the homefront this week I'm afraid – poor Toby ripped yet another claw; if you're relatively new to my blog, it's an ongoing problem and one that rears it ugly head every few months.

He's become so used to it that once he's done it, he just sits beside us and lifts up his paw combined with a mournful look – knowing that one of us will bathe it in salt water and give him a treat. Only then will he go off to lie down and feel sorry for himself.

We have a brilliant vet who really works with us on this, and has given us plenty of advice to manage these painful episodes in a way that causes minimum distress to Toby, and also saves us unnecessary bills.

Unfortunately, this time we did have to go to see our vet as it just wouldn't heal and was causing Toby a lot of discomfort. I'm pleased to tell you that within 48 hours of having it removed, he was back to normal.

As I've said, many times before, yawn yawn, he really is the best dog ever – so chilled and mild mannered. Plus, no doubt, I could be accused of anthropomorphism here, but he really does seem to understand and trust that we can help him get better?


Dale's Springwatch

Obviously, what with Toby out of action and the poor weather, another week has gone by without a snap of wildlife, so I've delved into Dale's Springwatch archives for a couple of photos from previous years taken by yours truly…

Bird mother and chick Lizard










20 years of Diamonique

Tova BorgnineAs you've probably noticed, we have been celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Diamonique at the Q! As well as presenting Wednesday's three-hour Spectacular, with gem expert Mark Walker, I will be launching a new Today's Special Value from the glamorous range of Diamonique by Hollywood royalty Tova.

Tova Borgnine owns, and has owned, some of the most exquisite jewellery pieces, many of which were bought for her by her late Oscar winning husband Ernest Borgnine.

Tova has a great talent for spotting designs that seem to transcend across generations and her collection on QVC offers our customers the chance to buy a piece of that 'Red Carpet' look at a fraction of the price.

Tova's ring 621038Her TSV is quite a show stopper, with a muti-row band design featuring 129 stunning simulated Diamonds. It is a very special ring for Tova, as it is inspired by the commitment ring Ernie gave her for their 25th wedding anniversary – hope you can join us! 






Dyson's upcoming Today's Special Value!

DysonOn Friday into Saturday I'll be presenting a great TSV from Dyson: the DC54 Animal Cinetic Cylinder Vacuum plus a 4pc clean and tidy kit.

Now, before you think what follows is sexist… I do my fair share of household chores but Mrs F likes to do the vacuuming and couldn't wait to get her hands on this latest design from Dyson.

She absolutely loves it and said: "Once I got used to the slight difference between upright and cylinder technique I found it so much easier to do around the house."

It's easy to carry upstairs and she particularly liked the feature that reduces the suction, allowing you to vacuum, rugs etc. that much easier.

It goes without saying that you can try it out yourself for 30 days at a great TSV price and there may even be some very welcome Easy Pays (wink wink).


Just For Fun

Dale and CharlieThe reunion of Mr Charlie Brook and myself screamed potential for this week's Just for Fun – did any of you join us?

We hope you had fun with us, we always end up laughing about anything! 

Comment below with your captions for this photo from the show…


Until next time,
Stay safe,

Dale x


  1. chantel briody June 16, 2014 at 9:52 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Dale and Toby
    I’m glad that Toby is feeling better poor lad, hope you are ok too, if you remember me telling you on twitter about my neighbour having lung cancer, the doctors are pleased with her progress and she has another scan on the 10th July to see how things are going, she must be doing ok because shes got everyone running round after her haha. Thanks for mentioning me on your diamonds show with Charlie i am sorry i didnt ring through, but one day i will ring and say hi to you both.
    Take Care, big hug to Toby
    Chantel (Rio)

  2. dale franklin June 17, 2014 at 11:40 am -  Reply

    Hi Rio ! Hopefully you’ll get another chance with Charlie and I before Xmas ! That’s great news about your neighbour, she’s lucky to have you around – love to you both! Dale x x

  3. ANNETTE MINGAY June 26, 2014 at 12:05 am -  Reply

    Oh poor sorrowful little doggy ripping another one – I know what that’s like as my dogs have done the same. Nice to read what you say here Dale, the dog is just so gorgeous (hmmmm a bit like you).
    Annette from Scotland qvc viewer for 20 years.

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