Looking forward to spring, and Ellie as a puppy!


I hope all’s well with all!

Phew! February already! Can’t wait for spring! I don’t dislike winter as I really don’t mind the cold, but this wet drizzle does seem to empty my usual ‘glass half-full’ demeanour.

Spring never seems far away when I see lots of Richard Jackson Shows appearing on our schedules accompanied by a big smile from your ‘glass half-full’ man!

I’m with Richard and friends at 1pm this Saturday with a fabulously colourful summer-flowering collection complete with four Fleur de Lys planters! It’s a wonderful Today’s Special Value (TSV) from Ken Evans’ company Plants2Gardens. I’ll be returning in the garden later on at 3pm and 4pm as well.

Sunday at 4pm sees the return of some of our big brand electronics followed by Diamonique Loves… Romance nicely positioned for Valentine’s Day.

Obviously we’ve still got some cold weather for a while, but already I notice the green shoots of crocus and snowdrops appearing in my garden, so it won’t be long before the daffodils put in an appearance too.

I was working with the lovely Alison Cork this Wednesday and was looking on my iPad for a photo of Ellie as a puppy and I found this video clip taken the day after we got her and as you can see she settled in very quickly,  I just had to share – she was even cuter than I remember.

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She was chocolate brown then but now her coat is almost fully matured into a dark grey slate, having gone through several shades of silver and grey (now who does that remind you of ?)

Until next time … keep that ‘spring’ in your step!

Dale x


  1. jo tometzki February 3, 2017 at 3:14 pm -  Reply

    She looks like she’s come straight from heaven. I saw daffodils yesterday…and that’s in Wales!! I’m looking forward to the lambs. Enjoy the Spring. Jox

    • Dale Franklin February 8, 2017 at 10:57 am -  Reply

      Thanks Jo, Yes Spring is on its way as well as some chilly weather too – stay warm ! Dale x

  2. martin forbes February 4, 2017 at 3:42 pm -  Reply

    happy new year dale iam taking a 2week lazy holiday from work doing nothing hope your daughter and son are getting on okay at university.hope you dont mind me asking

    • Dale Franklin February 8, 2017 at 10:59 am -  Reply

      Hi Martin, lucky you ! Yes they’re both loving Uni, half way through their second year now, can’t believe it. Cheers Dale

  3. SheMag February 5, 2017 at 11:31 am -  Reply

    Had to say thanks for the big grin you caused with your final sentence!

    • Dale Franklin February 8, 2017 at 11:01 am -  Reply

      You’re welcome Shemag! I always try to end on a lighter note Dale x

  4. Heather February 9, 2017 at 11:09 pm -  Reply

    She’s lovely, so very cute.

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