Staycationing in the UK


Meerkat Hi all,

Yes it's true – I've been away from QVC Towers but not away from "Old Blighty". For a whole host of reasons we decided to stay in the UK and we had a very enjoyable time.

I know we have uncertain weather here but it seems that is spreading to many European countries as well. I was talking to Paul one of our Senior Directors and he experienced a lot of cloud and rain in Majorca at the same time!

That said, I spent a few days in the garden literally chilling out and we also spent a few days on the Sussex coast, and out and about at places like London Zoo (check out the meerkat's expression – 'who me?!').

We also went to another T20 cricket match which my daughter loved as much, if not more, than my son, as she joined me in dancing in our seats after every 4 or 6! This only made my son slink down in his seat with his collar up! My daughter didn't really care what we did on holiday anyway – as she was so excited that I managed to secure her some 'The Wanted' tickets for their tour next spring.

I reckon my UK tan is only slighter lighter than when we do go abroad and it'll probably last longer too! If Alison Young asks it's fake! OK?! I did miss the paella though!

I also had the pleasure of meeting up with more customers yesterday at the preview of 'The Jewellery Style Makers Event' which is showcasing on the weekend of the 20th/21st August and will feature the work of around 13 of our top jewellery designers.

The day was a great success and our invited customers had the chance of meeting Roger Latham from Lola Rose, Diane Hall from Dower & Hall, Sara Ho from SHO, Ana De Costa and a welcome newcomer Joanna Dahdah, along with their fabulous ranges of jewellery.

I hope you had, will have or are having a great summer, and I'll be back in touch soon.

Dale x


  1. Marian Bolton August 14, 2011 at 11:15 am -  Reply

    Oh it’s good to have you back Dale. I have missed you. You’ve been gone that long I’ve had to resort to cyber flirting with Dickie and Julian! Don’t fret though, you’ll always be my favourite! x
    I’m going for a normal blog this time. (Sorry Gail! I’ve done a funny on Ali Keenan’s blog though to keep you going. And knowing me, I’ll probably be back on Dale’s blog later on in the week misbehaving!! I have to let everyone know that I’m not totally bonkers every now and again though!)
    Meerkat’s are just ace aren’t they Dale? I’m loving the latest insurance ad’s where they’re tucking into people’s sarnies and stuff. Hilarious. A great place to take your kids if you’ve never been is Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire. I went last year and did one of their special experiences where we shadowed a Keeper and fed meerkats, lima monkeys and some other small animals. The meerkats and limas were all over us, sitting on my shoulder, etc. We also got to feed two mature lions by hand. it was an incredible experience. It’s also one of the best places to get really close up views of the big cats, many quite rare. Don’t be going off again just yet though!

  2. dale franklin August 18, 2011 at 8:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marian – it’s good to be back as well! I love going to Zoo’s and Safari Parks etc and luckily so do the kids. Longleat is one of my favourites, I’ll have to try your suggestion as well. Speak again soon Dale x

  3. Marian Bolton August 22, 2011 at 7:15 pm -  Reply

    Where has everybody gone Dale???? Though it’s very nice having just the two of us on here don’t you think!!!!!!
    ‘Look Good, Feel Good’ in a suit! C’mon now, shorts next time pleeeeeeeeaaaaase. That’ll bring all the ladies back!
    Gail, let us know you’re ok sweetie.
    M xxx

  4. dale franklin August 23, 2011 at 11:40 pm -  Reply

    I knew you’d say that Marian ! But I had just come from the new Sally C Jewellery Show and unless I did an “Angela Rippon” a la Morcambe & Wise – I had a minute to change! – Plus I thought 4’s a crowd – with Caroline, Mark and Tiffany doing a great job already! Plus my legs are still quite white from my Staycation !!
    Keep watching you never know they might make an appearance! Dale x

  5. Marian Bolton August 25, 2011 at 7:06 pm -  Reply

    Two personal blogs back. You’re spoiling me Daleo! xxx

  6. Gail August 31, 2011 at 6:08 pm -  Reply

    Yes Daleo, two personal blogs back for our Ma, where’s mine eh? Where was my nice PERSONAL reply to my previous blog? Not a word, not a sausage (oh no we’re back to sausages again). Sorry to break up this cosy twosome but I’m back now.
    Hi Ma, I’m back and I’m okay. Thank you very much for asking about me xx Daleo obviously doesn’t even know that I’m missing!!

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