Sprucing up my garden!



Hope all’s well with all!

Another week flies by and of course this week, it’s the fabulous Chelsea Flower Show, which usually heralds “summer is here at last”!  Unfortunately as I sat indoors watching coverage from the show, outside there was an almighty thunderstorm complete with hail! I took a picture to prove it.


In the picture you’ll also notice our lovely Bernini Fountain that I bought from QVC, this one is remote controlled and can be switched on from the kitchen.  It also has led lights that illuminate the jet of water at night. It morphs through the colours or you can stop it on your favourite or you can leave it off. I’ll be honest we only use the lights when we have guests round or we’re having a barbecue, it adds a fun colourful aspect to al fresco dining.

Watch this to see the fountain in action!


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I love the sound of the trickling water, it’s so relaxing and helps to counter the road noise we experience at certain times. We also have a stone effect Bernini Fountain that doesn’t have the lights or remote control, but makes an elegant statement at the end of the garden set in it’s own circular flower bed. If you like the sound of your own fountain then make sure you tune into Richard Jackson’s Garden on Sunday as he actually has a 3 tier Bernini Fountain TSV in a choice of finishes just for you !

I’ve continued to enjoy watching the feathered visitors to our new feeding station and always make sure I have my new camera to hand, as you’ll have noticed from my last few blogs. This week it’s the turn of an inquisitive blue tit.

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QVC Lunch 

I’m presenting “The Lunchtime Show” Weds, Thursday and Friday and also “The Morning Show” Thursday and Friday.So I’m looking forward to some cheeky chat from guests and co-hosts alike, hope you can join us – there’ll be competitions, TSV’s and more in both Shows.

On Thursday, straight after the Lunchtime Show, I’m delighted to be working again with Nikki Gewirtz MBE, The lovely Founder Of “Lola Rose Jewellery Designs” celebrating their 12th Anniversary on QVC.


We have a great line up for you including this gorgeous Lola Rose, Crystalline Leopard Print Scarf available in 3 colours Blue, Berry and Pastel (pictured 304 360) at an Event Price of just £22.98 plus p&p, It’s machine washable and measures 183 x 104cms, why not order yours whilst we have the stock!

That’s all from me, hope to have your company on “The Box” or love to read your comments below.

Dale x


  1. lorraine May 21, 2015 at 3:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale great blog as always-i am been watching the Chelsea flower show at home with a coffee-great isn’t it! I wanted to ask you -what do you know now- that you didn’t know BEFORE about presenting at QVC after you had started? x

    • Dale Franklin June 24, 2015 at 10:05 am -  Reply

      Hi Lorraine Sorry, I thought I’d answered this? I have learnt many many things in 18 years at The Q but I suppose I’ve learnt more about Gem stones than anything else. Dale x

  2. chantel briody May 21, 2015 at 10:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale Toby and Ellie. Well Dale I’ve been watching your video of the fountain and one of the dogs making an appearance. Things like this really calm me down, as it’s been a tough time for jess my yorkie. She’s had a massive operation, but is doing really well, I hope everything is going good with you and the family. Best wishes chantel (rio) xx

    • Dale Franklin June 24, 2015 at 10:08 am -  Reply

      Hi Rio! I’m so sorry to here of Jess’ big Op – I hope she’s well on the mend – I’m glad you found the video relaxing. Apologies, I thought I’d replied to you earlier? Dale x

  3. Kay May 25, 2015 at 1:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale, lovely photos. Caught your camera show today, will QVC ever sell Canon or Nikon higher spec DSLR’s or mirrorless?

  4. Dale Franklin June 24, 2015 at 10:15 am -  Reply

    We do from time to time and we have offered some very good compact system and Bridge cameras from Sony, Fuji, Pentax and Canon. But I suspect we won’t be offering the pro DSLR’s as there are many specialist camera retailers and it’s often a question of volume for us to give our customers the best price we can but never say never Dale x

  5. Chantel briody July 7, 2015 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale, yes jess is really well now thanks for asking, she’s more loveable then ever. It’s ok don’t apologise about thinking you had already replied. I always look forward to hearing from you. Hope you are well too, best wishes Rio and jess my yorkie

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