Upcoming Green Season’s Today’s Special Value and a quick Ellie update


EllieWhere did that week go? They say it’s a sign of growing old when you say things like that but I genuinely think time flies by as we start the run in to Christmas and I’m getting older – aren’t we all!

I hope all’s well as usual and this week is just a quick catch up on Ellie’s progress and news of the forthcoming Today’s Special Value. Thanks for all of your great comments over the past few weeks, as you can see, Ellie is growing fast and will be able to go on her first walk this weekend. Well, I say ‘walk’, she has unfortunately decided that the lead is the work of the devil and fights like a fish on the end of a line when we try and walk her on it!

I have to say, I’ve never experienced this with any of my dogs before (perhaps I’ve just been lucky) but it looks like we’ll have to take a very patient approach with her. I’ve been reading up on this and it appears that whilst some dogs walk to ‘heel’ from the word go, others react like Ellie. We put a soft puppy collar on her a while back and she wasn’t at all bothered by it – but attach the lead and she really really doesn’t like it.

Ellie and Ali asleepAs I say, patience is probably the answer aligned with some ‘food’ encouragement. Once she realises that the lead equals a fun walk with Toby and the human pack, I’m sure things will change. I’ll let you know next week.

On Monday the 6th we have a day of Festive Food ideas with our Christmas Food Hall and Andi Peters’ Food Fest returns at 7pm – we have a great show lined up including the Green Seasons TSV. It’s a fantastic 5.3kg Festive hamper and my sample turned up on Thursday and I have to say it is indeed a bumper hamper, it arrived as you can see from the images in it’s own little freezer box with all the delicious meats still frozen and they just went straight into our freezer.

I can’t wait to see what great serving suggestions Chef Michael comes up with, so I hope you can join myself Andi and guests at 7pm, we’ll also be joined by Christina from Simple Simon’s and Kim Winston from Churchills Biscuits.

Ellie and Toby

At the time of writing I haven’t had time to defrost and cook many of the mouthwatering contents; Turkey Breast, Beef Roasting joint, boneless Gammon joint, Cranberry and chestnut chipolatas, Cranberry & Chestnut Sausage meat and a large pack of green streaky bacon! The Turkey Breast will serve between eight to ten people! The very best of British delivered to your door by 12th December – your Xmas dinner sorted, bar the trimmings!

Green Seasons

So until next week take care and stay safe,

Dale x


  1. Jean P October 3, 2014 at 7:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale,
    Toby and Ellie are so adorable, and wow do they grow up quickly. It doesn’t seem five minutes ago that we had our two labrador pups two brothers, they are now coming up two at the end of the month.
    Yes I know what you mean about the lead some pups really fight it, I have found that if this happens just drop the lead and let them walk around with it trailing, sometimes this works as they get use to it being there. I’m sure you will get there you just need lots of patience.
    Looking forward to Green Seasons I had their Hamper last Christmas and everything was delicious.
    Have fun with Ellie, love the photograph of Ellie with Toby.
    Love Jean. X

    • Dale FRANKLIN October 9, 2014 at 9:28 am -  Reply

      Hello Jean, Thanks for your comment – Well ! You’re right Patience and a change of approach and suddenly Ellie is almost walking to heel ! You mentioning your 2 Labrador Boys ties in nicely with an Ellie story in my next blog ! Hope you got your Green Seasons TSV Dale x

  2. chris thomson October 4, 2014 at 9:40 pm -  Reply

    just reading about your puppy that does not like the lead. You might to try a different approach.
    If you just attach the lead to her collar when she is in the house with you, she will soon get used to it, as she moves around she will automatically stand on it, drag it along with her as she moves and soon she will not be bothered about it. And when you decide to pick the lead up and walk with her she will not be so bothered by the restraint placed on her neck. She is obviously quite a strong charactered puppy and so objects to being led as apposed to leading, if you see what I mean?
    Having had litters due to showing and working my dogs throughout the years I have found this pre-curser to lead training a puppy, invaluable…….. you just need to do it a couple of times a day outside in the garden or indoors for an hour or two each session, and within days you will find her so much more comfortable having the lead on the end of her collar, and the training will have been done before you even pick the lead up yourself.
    Hope it helps her.

    • Dale FRANKLIN October 9, 2014 at 9:46 am -  Reply

      Hi Chris, many thanks for taking the trouble to comment – I’m pleased to say patience and a change of tack really worked with Ellie – You’re right, she is quite a strong character and seems very bright with it too. I’ll fully update in my next blog but – by Jove We or She’s cracked it ! Dale 🙂

  3. martin forbes October 6, 2014 at 5:08 pm -  Reply

    hi dale hope you and the family are well iam not bad

    • Dale FRANKLIN October 9, 2014 at 9:48 am -  Reply

      Good to hear Martin – Family are all well thank you – got our hands full with our new bundle of fluff ! All the best – Dale 🙂

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