Sorry, it’s been a while…


Sunset over the Rose Bowl, Southampton This is the belated tale of two Maids, Marian and Gail…
Who one day did comment on the blog of the Fox,
But even the lure of a snog for a blog – he didn't come out from his box.

Now this may sound strange, don't worry he doth not have mange –
He simply had nothing to say.

The problem you see is that he works on QVC
And peddles his wares through the night,
When he wakes in the morn all he does is yawn
And then rolls over and pretends the day is the night !

To blog of this feat, would not be a treat
And the Maids would read elsewhere,
So he bides his time and when the moment is prime – he emerges online – I swear!

The trouble is he is not a poet and now all the world doth know it!…

This is drivel girls! What was I thinking? I can't compete with your talent… sorry! Truth is I had two short breaks away from the Towers and I didn't get my act together and blog whilst I was away. I have now emerged from my box, in stitches at some of the brilliant comments to my last blog – you lot are great!!

Nothing of great interest to blog about, most of my time off I was doing mundane DIY maintenance to the house and enjoying that hot spell in the garden – Richard J would be proud of me – you should see the size of my begonias! I blame it on Flower Power and we've got the greenest grass in the Close thanks to RJ's Lawn Magic – I hesitate to call it a lawn as it has many other species other than grass growing in it but at least it's very green !

Took my son Jack down to the Rose Bowl in Southampton to watch some exciting T20 cricket during half term – great night out – I of course busted some of my famous Wii moves after every 4 or 6 was hit – as my son sat five rows back with his head in his hands… What? that's what Dads are for, isn't it?!

Look at the gorgeous red sky over the ground – who says cricket can't be romantic.

Till next week – promise !

Dale x


  1. Louise June 15, 2011 at 8:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale
    You’re certainly no threat to the bard’s work – who is? – but that isn’t half bad! Diy maintenance – hits home with me. Just bought a property which needs a bit of TLC, cosmetic mainly. So if you’ve got some spare time? One problem, I do live in Cumbria….
    Cricket is not my cup of tea, but I can’t wait till next week and Wimbledon. Will Serena do it again? She’s just been beaten. No one quite like Chrissie.
    Take care, Dale.

  2. Mrs Gillian Tate June 16, 2011 at 12:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale
    Saw you on ‘In the Kitchen’ and you were showing a Kuhn Rikon cookie press and decorating kit. You said you would put Jilly’s cheese straw recipe on your blog. Would love to get it if you can do it for us.
    Look forward to seeing you again soon, love your shows!

  3. Fiona Williams June 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm -  Reply

    Oh Dishy Dale you handsome male I loved your little rhyme,
    And t’was great to see the sunset red o’er sky at evening time,
    Your garden green, it must be seen, so photo’s next time please,
    And as for your big Begonias, well, words don’t come with ease,
    You’ve sent my heart a racing with the thought of giant blooms,
    I’ll have to go lie down a while within a darkened room.
    Is there a cure for rhymitis or am I cursed forever?
    Best Wishes Dale,
    Fiona Williams (the bard)

  4. Marian Bolton June 16, 2011 at 6:49 pm -  Reply

    So that’s your excuse Daleo, nothing to say indeed! Well, I have plenty to say – as per usual!
    Lets start with this blog. You didn’t think we’d enjoy hearing about you spending loads of time in bed because ………..??????!!!!!!
    How brilliant to have made it into your blog headlines though! I’m sure my partner in rhyme (or should that be grime!) is equally as thrilled. What say Gail?
    As for your poem, me thinks your modesty is much misplaced Dale. You can join our Poets Society any time you like. And I can assure you, we are very much ALIVE if you know what I mean!
    On to gardening then …….. “You should see the size of my begonias.” I agree, I should. When can I come round? We can also discuss my idea for a new breed of flower – Dalephinium Franklin! Don’t invite RJ round though. I don’t do three in a flower bed!
    And then you go and spoil it all by saying something stupid like I love ……. cricket!
    I take it that Hallamster’s ‘Meaning of Life’ CD didn’t turn up then? Just look out for someone telling daft jokes like: A woman goes into a restaurant. The waiter comes up and says, “May I take your order please.” The woman says, “Yes, tell me, how do you prepare your chickens.” The waiter says, “We just tell em straight, you’re gonna die!” That’ll be the culprit!!!
    How’s that Toby dog? He’s a lucky boy. I’d love to go walkies in the woods every day with you Daleo. Woof, Woof!
    Over (though probably not out!)
    M (You can be my 007 anytime!)

  5. Gail June 17, 2011 at 12:11 pm -  Reply

    Oh Dale, Marian’s blog. I will write again, I promise, when I have stopped laughing. I can hardly type as my eyes are watering with laughter. I just knew you mentioning that you had been in bed a lot, plus mentioning the size of your Begonias would bring out the best, or should that be beast in Marian. I really can’t stop laughing; the funniest thing I have read in a long time (thanks Ma) xx I think I’m going to throw all my tablets away and just ask if I can get our Ma on prescription. Fabulous. I can’t compete with your blog Marian; it’s absolutely priceless. Keep it coming. Ma, I think you’re Ma’vellous!!
    Will write soon, I promise. xx

  6. Marian Bolton June 17, 2011 at 6:28 pm -  Reply

    No Gail. You have to stop encouraging me now. I’m mortified cos The Q have edited my blog. They’ve taken something out that was clearly too naughty! Sorry The Q and Dale.
    And it’s not a competition sweetie. I’m sure Dale loves hearing from us all. It’s just a load of daft drivel from me really – not the bit about thinking your gorgeous Dale, that’s a fact!
    Like the fox, I’m off into my box now.
    Love to all. xxxxx

  7. dale franklin June 20, 2011 at 1:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Louise, good to hear from you – The thing with redecorating is the thought of it – once I’ve started and finished I look back with pride – assuming it looks OK! – obviously and Yes Cumbria is a tad too far for Fox DIY Ltd. Gill thanks also – I have the recipe from Jilly will post in my next blog, this week.
    Fiona, I don’t think there is a cure for Rhymitis, as you can see I’ve never caught it ! Marian and Gail – ‘Twas my pleasure to include you both in my blog – It just wouldn’t be the same without you ! Marian I’m sorry you were censored – I’ll have to find out what was edited!I’m guessing it was a comment that could be included in a film like ” Carry On Blogging” Hallamster has arrived ! I have listened to him and I have to say at first I found the saucy Rodent’s voice very irritating – but I have to say it grew on me and I can’t believe some of his stories were broadcast !! Thanks to you all – ’till next time Dale x

  8. Gail June 20, 2011 at 2:02 pm -  Reply

    Maid Marian, don’t you dare disappear into your ‘box’. This blog would be lost without you; I’m still laughing at your last comments, absolutely hilarious. Love the joke at the end; my kind of humour. It definitely isn’t daft drivel from you Ma; you write with such humour – I love it.
    That Dale’eo only has himself to blame for your naughty comments that were edited Ma, ha ha. If Dale’eo hadn’t bragged about the size of his Begonias I’m sure you would have behaved yourself, not!!
    Dale’eo you must behave yourself; you’ve got my mate Ma in trouble!!

  9. Marian Bolton June 22, 2011 at 6:50 pm -  Reply

    Ok, you’ve coaxed me out Gail! I only made reference to ‘An Audience with Charlie Bears’ which I loved by the way and bought Perry who has arrived and is just adorable. I mentioned an idea for An Audience with Franklin Bear (but spelt ‘bear’ the other way!) (Hope that’s made you laugh again Gail.) It was just meant in fun but maybe they thought it would offend you Dale which of course I’d never do deliberately.
    I’m glad Hallamster turned up. I guess he is an acquired taste but I’m probably a bit brain washed having listened to him most mornings for the last four years. He comes on about 7.30am and 8am. i know, it’s unbelievable that they get away with it. I don’t know what that says about South Yorkshire! Looking forward to your next blog and I will try harder to mind my p’s and q’s! xx

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