Finding those last gifts for Christmas


Dale and Toby in the snowHi all,

I know this time of year is always frantic for us all and life at The Q reaches fever pitch.

Are you still searching for that illusive gift? Well, The Q is always here to help!

Dale using the Samsung laptopOn Saturday we have the finale of 'Saturday Night Gifts' with Debbie, myself and Will IT; there'll be the usual mix of great guests and gift ideas, and we'll be featuring the Samsung laptop TSV – and watch out for guest appearance from Father Christmas! Oh and a strong possibility of some Dad dancing!!

I'm back the next evening with Anna and Will IT for the first and last 'Sunday Night Gifts' show, and a special guest appearance from Toby himself.

We've only had the tiniest flurry of snow at home so far, gone in the blink of an eye. It's been minus temperatures for the last couple of days though. The recent cold spell reminds me of the heavy snow we had 3 years ago when Toby was still a pup – I've included a picture of him with his soft puppy coat covered in snow balls – I've also shown the photo again for the comedic value of my hat – what was I thinking?! All the decorations have finally been put up at home – took a little longer than planned, but well worth the effort – it looks quite magical – watch out I'm starting to get Christmassy – weh hey!!

Thank you so much for all the cards received both Christmas and birthday – I aim to reply to all those with addresses!

Seasons Greetings
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  1. Marian Bolton December 13, 2012 at 7:57 pm -  Reply

    Back for ONE TIME ONLY!! Yes, that’s right ….. this is the lowest I’ll ever get!! Stop panicking Dale, I’m just funning!!
    Franklin The Q’s Silver Fox
    Danced upon his sprightly toes
    And if you ever saw it
    You would even say he posed
    All the other presenters
    Used to hang their heads in shame
    They wished that poseur Franklin
    Would see the error of his ways
    Then one soggy ‘Strictly’ Eve
    Brucey came to say
    Frankin won’t you help me out
    Anton’s got a spot of gout
    Then the presenters snubbed him
    They were so jealous you see
    Franklin The Q’s Silver Fox
    Had the last laugh, he, he, he!
    Have a very happy Christmas Dale and Gail and all BOTF fans. xx

  2. dale franklin December 14, 2012 at 1:25 pm -  Reply

    Marian … What can I say ! Well done and MERRY XMAS to you and yours x

  3. Gail December 15, 2012 at 7:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi D, yes, it’s that time of year again. Time for our
    annual Christmas ‘sing song’. Ma has started us off nicely, hi Ma lol xx
    The tune is ‘ROCKING AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE’ D. Any key you like, yeah right……………
    Right, off we go, a 1 2, a 1 2 3 4. Are you still there D? Just checking!
    ‘Dad dancing’ Dale of QVC
    All his moves are fancy free,
    But that’s what I love, his sense of fun
    And he sure looks good to me.
    ‘Dad dancing’ Dale of QVC
    Let that Christmas spirit ring, hic
    Let your hair down as you spin around,
    Let your Christmas baubles swing (ouch!)
    You will get a sentimental feeling when I’m near,
    We’ll be dancing, we’ll be jolly
    Careful D where you stick that holly.
    ‘Dad dancing’ Dale of QVC
    Move them feet and orf you go,
    Point your sausage in the air
    I MEAN YOUR FINGER DALE, oh no………………..
    You will get a sentimental feeling when I’m near,
    We’ll be dancing, we’ll be jolly
    Not telling you again D about that holly.
    ‘Dad dancing’ Dale of QVC
    ’tis the season of good cheer,
    So let’s have a dance or, better still,
    Have a ………….chat and then a beer (phew).
    You will get a sentimental feeling when I’m near,
    We’ll be dancing, we’ll be jolly
    Now don’t push your luck D re the holly!
    ‘Dad dancing’ Dale of QVC
    Please can I sit on your knee,
    I can pretend your Santa Claus
    And see what toys you’ve bought for me, wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    You will get a sentimental feeling when I’m near,
    We’ll be dancing, we’ll be jolly
    Can’t believe now where he’s shoved that holly.
    You will get a sentimental feeling when I’m near,
    We’ll be dancing, we’ll be jolly
    Lets agree now D to swap that holly
    Phew, that was hard work I must say. Hope you enjoyed it D.
    See you in a minute x

  4. Gail December 15, 2012 at 7:53 pm -  Reply

    D, so sorry I rushed orf like that but I was absolutely terrified of losing the content. I wanted it posted as quickly as possible as I had already spent ages typing it, only to hit a button and see the whole lot disappear. The air was your favourite colour D! Anyway, that’s why I rushed away. Once I knew it was posted, I could relax.
    Anyway, I’m back and hope you enjoyed the ‘sing song’ D.
    Wishing you and your family a lovely Christmas D and a healthy, happy New Year. Have a wonderful Birthday too. Merry Christmas to everyone xx
    Am so looking forward to seeing Toby.
    Lots of love Ma, Merry Christmas xx

  5. dale franklin December 18, 2012 at 8:04 pm -  Reply

    WOW !! Not even Ma can top that – love it Gail ! You’re a star! I am hoping to get a quick Xmas blog to thank everyone this week, but just incase, I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas xx

  6. Marian Bolton December 19, 2012 at 7:04 pm -  Reply

    Dead right D. Top marks Gail, you rock (literally!) xx

  7. Gail December 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm -  Reply

    Dale, I’m so glad you liked the ‘sing song’. I must be honest and say that I love it too and find myself singing it around the house (a few other people have been singing it too, believe me). It was lovely seeing Toby and Gracie the other evening; they were so well behaved and that photo of Toby above, wowwwwwwwwwwwwww, what a cutie.
    Lol, Gail xx
    Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, believe me, I’ve been called a lot of things, but never ‘A ROCK’. You’re being very cryptic Ma, hope U R O K (oh no, I ain’t starting all that again).
    Merry Christmas to you both and your families. Hope you come out to play Ma in 2013.

  8. Gail December 20, 2012 at 5:19 pm -  Reply

    I don’t know how the Lol Gail xx got in the middle of my comments when I posted. I haven’t even had a drink, yet. Anyway, one last Merry Christmas Dale and Marian and everyone at QVC, in front and behind the cameras. Good health and happiness wished for you all in 2013 x

  9. martin forbes December 20, 2012 at 6:24 pm -  Reply

    thanks for the xmas card and signed photo it arrived on tuesday.merry xmas happy 2013.

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