Spring is in the air… almost!


Dale's own 'Monarch of the Glen'Hi all and thanks for your comments and reading last week's blog.

It's that lovely but slightly uncertain time of year when it isn't quite full blown spring because we know that the last days of winter can still turn around and bite us when we are least expecting it.

You know, that awkward moment when you  enthusiastically wake up to sunshine pull on a T-shirt and shorts and leave the house, only to find the temperature drops to 3C, with blustery showers later in the afternoon and you don't have a change of clothes or a coat? Sound familiar?

I'll be talking more about spring next week as QVC has some exciting spring-themed shows that I'm involved in.

I was out walking my trusty canine pal Toby yesterday and came across a scene, reminiscent of the famous 'Monarch of The Glen' painting (see photo above). No, I don't live in the Cairngorms. This stag is one of two that roam freely over several hundred acres of unspoilt heathland and help with managing growth.

I'm rather proud of myself with this pic, but apart from being in the right place at the right time (sunset) I let my Fuji HS20 do the rest – my thanks to Mat Trim for encouraging me to buy this camera last year. We've recently featured its replacement the HS30 as a TSV.

VV Rouleaux Camille Ruffle Floral Embellishment CushionThis Friday, as well as a visit from Marian!!(help me, Gail!), I'll be presenting an hour of VV Rouleaux at 6pm – an exciting new show providing ideas for your home, designed for the woman who wants her home to be stylish, romantic with an individual twist. Featuring elegant tonal bed linen with highlights of bright accessories that radiate English heritage and femininity. The collection epitomises the eclectic character of the VV Rouleaux brand that is built on the creativity of its founder, Annabel Lewis.

Also I'll be presenting a special Gardening Show at 11pm that evening. QVC's 'Garden Re-Leaf with Richard Jackson' is set to be a wonderful show, in which participating suppliers will be giving a percentage of the proceeds of the sales go to 'The Greenfingers Charity', a charity very close to Richard's heart and one he has played a huge role in promoting.

It's along the same lines as our QVC Cares shows just after Christmas, but at a more relevant time for all our gardening fans. I'm thrilled to be presenting it with Richard, so please join us if you can to learn more about the charity's work and pick up some great gardening tips and perhaps more spring cheer for your garden!

Till next time,
Dale x


  1. Gail March 16, 2012 at 8:25 am -  Reply

    Morning Ma, morning Daleo,
    Well, tonight’s the night eh, but more of that later. What a beautiful photo Daleo. Such a horny, handsome fella (the Stag’s not bad either – couldn’t resist, couldn’t resist).
    Several hundred acres eh; hope you carry a compass Dale, don’t want you conveniently getting lost on the day you are to meet our Ma!! Unless you’re with me that is, then lost is okay. A frolic in the glen at sunset sounds just perfect; mustn’t get distracted, now where was I. Oh yes, tonight, wooooooooooooooooooo hooooooooooooooooooooo. I can imagine all the preparations going on for tonight’s big encounter: hair done, manicure, facial, legs waxed (and that’s just Daleo).
    Remember QVC’s instructions Dale – Share The LOVE. That means everything you give Ma, you have to give her one……..for me too xx
    Seriously, hope you get to meet up and enjoy a lovely chat xx
    I will be watching you both to see who has the biggest smile.
    Lots of love, Galeo xx

  2. Marian Bolton March 16, 2012 at 11:03 am -  Reply

    Thoughts of Dale out of his PJ’s and a picture of a stag ……………now there IS a thought Gail!!!!!
    Just a quickie this morning Daleo cos I’m getting ready to go somewhere very special! You’re a right drama queen anyway ….”help me Gail”. You really think Gail would help you?!! She’d be right behind me in the queue for a big snog! Anyhow ….. later’s gorgeous ………..so pucker up and all that!! Does it put you in mind of JAWS me coming to The Q Dale?! De, de, de, de, de, de …………. lol! Just kidding gorgeous, you know I’m a pussy cat really!!
    PS. I’ve got a request for when I get to The Q Dale’icious. PLAY MISTY FOR ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Another one for you Gail!!)

  3. Gail March 16, 2012 at 3:08 pm -  Reply

    Dale, keep the noise down, I can hear you humming ‘HELP’ by the Beatles from here. I would offer to come down and act as your Bodyguard, but I might be a bit tied up tonight. x

  4. Marian Bolton March 18, 2012 at 7:14 pm -  Reply

    Well, where to start Gail!!! First Dale was on, then he was on again, then I was on, then I was on again, then we both had a rest, then Dale was on again!!! You get the picture??!!! No, not THAT picture, I mean ‘ON AIR’ silly!!!!!!! What are you like missus!!!!!
    Truth be told Gail, all I got was a wave just before the Elemis show was about to start. (I was lying on the bed though shouting “me buns are out in the green room Dale”! “Oh, I’ll go and see that then” he replied!) That was it …….. show over. Never saw hide nor hair of him after that! Where were you between 10 and 11 eh Daleo? There I was with me buns out in the green room waiting for you to come and take a nibble but did you eckers like!!!! Seems our Daleo prefers Richard Jacko Gail so we might just be wasting our time sweetie!!!!!!
    Till next time

  5. Gail March 19, 2012 at 8:43 am -  Reply

    Morning Dale and Ma,
    Saw you on Friday Ma and you did a wonderful job. You were the perfect model and you had a speaking part this time too. Had to turn off for a while to watch Corrie, but other than that I watched the whole show. You have lovely skin Ma. Hope you enjoyed your time at the Q. Morning Dale. x

  6. Gail March 19, 2012 at 11:04 am -  Reply

    Oh Ma, I am so disappointed for you. Daleo, how could you have not spent a moment talking to our Ma; after all she is your No 1 fan and puts in a great deal of effort replying to your blogs. I’m very disappointed too Ma (could it be that our Daleo is shy Ma?); mind you, he wouldn’t have got away with it with me. I would have hunted high and low for him; no hiding place would have been safe. Perhaps he was playing with his Begonias before his gardening show. I appreciate you Ma x
    You better hope that I don’t get an invite to the Q Daleo; you won’t find me so easy to hide from!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Marian Bolton March 20, 2012 at 6:58 pm -  Reply

    Thanks for the lovely feedback on my ‘modelling’ Gail. If you watched Corrie, I bet you missed Julia dropping me in it with my hubbie telling him that Dale was around and how I fancied him. I was in right bother when I got home, I can tell ya! Not sure I’ll be able to wangle another pass out given the opportunity!! Although if you also got an invite, I might be able to wangle it. C’mon Daleo, you owe us one!!! BOTH OF US!!

  8. DALE FRANKLIN March 21, 2012 at 3:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Girls – Gail you’re right I was checking on my Begonias and before I knew it – the moment had passed – all I got was the faint whiff of Baking in the Green Room? So obviously our heroine had rushed home to make her peace! I did bump into Jules and Keeley who had their fun at my expense and both said Ma did very well – I did watch some of the show and she did very well indeed! Oh well ships passing in the night heh!
    Dale x

  9. Gail March 21, 2012 at 4:56 pm -  Reply

    I’d have to be dropped on me head and suffer a complete personality transplant before I believe that story Daleo.

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