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A trip to London and my favourite QVC show


So halfway through January already! I’m told it’s a sign of old age when the months fly by? I’m not so sure it’s an age thing, more a ‘busy’ thing – I’ll cling to that for the time being.

Well Ali and Jack have been safely delivered back to their universities and I must say that I’m missing them already… seriously. It was lovely having them home for Christmas and we enjoyed their company, as always. I’ve been asked if I noticed a change in them after an independent semester away from home. Yes, perhaps a little, but not as much as I thought. I suppose with modern communications like FaceTime etc they are never that far away and Tracey’s Christmas iPad Mini has been put to good use already, although a part of me is dreading her seeing what I get up to on Twitter! Ha ha after 18 years of QVC and 30 years of marriage, she’s seen and heard it all from me anyway.

On that note Tracey has a birthday at the end of this month and it’s really difficult to come up with an original present idea so close to Christmas. I can’t really complain given my birthday now can I? I shall have to have a good look at the QVC website for some inspiration – bound to be lots of great ideas.

We did quite a few things together as a family over the New Year including a trip into London and took a spin on the amazing London Eye – something I’ve been saying we should do since 2000! As well as many photos, I took a short time lapse video of the activity of the rush hour traffic on Westminster bridge, with the Houses of Parliament as the backdrop. Unfortunately it was cloudy and misty but I think it’s still quite atmospheric.

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Back at HQ, I’m on Lunchtime Show duty this week and next, which I’m thrilled about! Seriously, I love this format and I feel it offers an opportunity to perhaps see guests in another light? You see, our guests have a lot of information and facts to impart in a given space of time and this show format allows them to relax more and be part of a chatty discussion, chipping in with comments, questions or observations as they spring to mind. In a way it challenges them to look at their own product from a different perspective as well and it appears to be a popular format with yourselves. It also features (in my humble opinion) the best regular competition on QVC – up to £75 of QVC credit won by the panel guest chosen by the lucky winner. Always worth entering – you never know! I’d love you to perhaps leave a comment below, if you’ve been able to catch any of the shows.

Last week, Howard Binder joined myself and Claire on the Lunchtime Show and demonstrated his It Works X-Power wet and dry mop. My Mum was watching the show and asked me later that evening if it was as good as it looked so I ordered one for her so she could find out for herself – that’s the best way for her to find out the answer. It was delivered today and she is delighted with it! I love it when a plan comes together. I remember commenting to Howard some years ago when he first introduced me to his new range of cleaning products on QVC, if you’re going to call it ‘It Works’ you’d best make sure it does!

It Works mop

Until next time, stay well and spotlessly clean !

Dale x


  1. Ann W January 13, 2016 at 9:56 pm -  Reply

    Pleased you had a great family Christmas.
    Love the Lunchtime Show format – so informal and feel part of the chat, with my cuppa!
    I have my birthday at the end of the month and know how difficult it is re presents. Somehow it’s more difficult than buying for my sisters on 24th Dec Maybe I’ll just have to look out for TSVs around my birthday
    Catch you on the Lunchtime Show xx

    • Dale Franklin January 21, 2016 at 6:02 pm -  Reply

      Thank you for the Lunchtime feedback Ann – hope you get lots of inspired prezzies ! Happy Birthday ! Dale x

  2. martin forbes January 17, 2016 at 1:59 pm -  Reply

    happy new year dale

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