Stay cool and garden fresh


Well it’s been a typical British Summer so far – high winds, storms and plenty of rain interspersed with some gloriously sunny days!

It’s about this time of year that children are in denial that their never-ending summer hols are approaching their final couple of weeks and Mum’s are fretting that their little darlings have already out-grown the school uniforms they bought last term!

Well those particular days have long since passed by for Tracey and I, but nevertheless around this time of year you do start to prepare for the colder days, particularly in the garden. At the same time we are in denial that the number of barbecues we can fit in this summer has greatly reduced! I love to cook on my gas barbecue and it’s a feature of our family summer diet.

I had a scare last week – in readiness to start cooking, I removed its rain cover, turned on the gas bottle and fired her up! Only to remember that I had left the cleaning scraper/brush under the lid… and as I opened it I saw the bulging terrified eyes of a wood mouse scurrying around under the burners!! I immediately shouted a profanity and turned off the gas. I was hesitant to lift the lid in case I was greeted with an unpleasant sight but you can imagine my relief when I saw it running away afterwards, it looked okay (possibly minus a hair or three) – I don’t suppose he or she will be back after that episode. A lesson learnt for us both!

We have a range of meat ideal for barbecues from the likes of Campbell’s of Scotland, Althams and tasty Veggie Sausages from Secret Sausages.

Winterising the barbie (is that how you spell it?) and the garden in general is always a bit of a chore and any tool that can help in that regard is always appreciated. I was presenting the Original Garden Broom the other day with Gill Gauntlett and I managed to order one before it sold out, at the time of writing this there were a few of the Red option in stock and I can highly recommend this fabulous piece of “old school” design, made from recycled coconut fibres, for sweeping up leaves, pine needles etc. It was time for a replacement as I’ve had mine a few years now and it’s worn a little thin like many of my jokes!

For a more modern approach on Bank Holiday Monday (26th August) we have a Cordless Pressure Washer With Accessories from Yard Force as our Today’s Special Value. The fact that it’s cordless is huge as it means you could use it anywhere and not be tethered to a power point – whilst obviously not as powerful as some corded models it will surprise you just how competent it is for so many “real world” outdoor cleaning tasks.

It has an adjustable handle and a 3-in-1 jet nozzle and its battery provides up to 30 minutes use after a speedy one hour charge. It can draw its own water supply too, so can therefore be used from a bucket – ideal for those cleaning cars or bikes in the street, in garage areas or on camping trips etc.

Remember that all of your purchases from QVC up to the 8th September will contribute to a potential Voucher of £10, £15 or £25 depending on your total spend (terms and conditions apply, details here).

I hope whether at home or away you enjoy the last Summer Bank Holiday and look forward to seeing you after!

Until next time… stay cool and garden fresh!

Dale x


  1. martin forbes August 28, 2019 at 4:54 pm -  Reply

    hi dale hope you and damily are well iam not bad.hope you dont mind me asking how is your daughter and son gettin on with university

  2. Dale Franklin September 27, 2019 at 11:10 am -  Reply

    Hi Martin – sorry I missed your comment 🙁 all’s well thank you and both have graduated now and making their way out in the real world 😉 all the best Dale

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