Wake up and smell the coffee!


Dale with his coffee!Well, thanks as always for your comments. You may have noticed after quite a few weeks burning the midnight oil at QVC Towers, that this week I’ve been on during the day. I don’t know about you but as I get older it seems to take longer for my body clock to adjust, or should I say it takes longer to iron my face in the morning?! (note to Health & Safety: only kidding!)

I have, however, been given a great way to get with it in the mornings and a tasty kick-start to the day with a delicious cup of filter coffee ready in seconds courtesy of our TSV for Monday - the Elipta Automatic Espresso by Morphy Richards – which I’ll be launching at midnight on Sunday following on from the amazing Elemis TSV! I know I said I had been working days this week but as it’s our “Get Gorgeous” weekend they didn’t need me through the day haha!

Morphy Richards Elipta coffee machineI’ll be honest, I thought an “Espresso” machine might be a bit of a faff, a bit too involved and complicated first thing, but I couldn’t have been more wrong! It’s quicker than boiling a kettle and tastes soooo much better – it’s even got a steam wand for a frothy coffee and will pour two cups at a time. Anyway coffee lovers, please join me at midnight Sunday/Monday am and make up your own minds.

Toby playing rugby!I know I got a little bit of well meaning stick from the girls, when I had the temerity to mention rugby, a blog or two ago! But this picture (left), might just get a few more of you "on – side” with the oval ball game – surely if it’s good enough for Toby, girls?! He thinks he’s really good at rugby but as you can see it’s not quite the same if he doesn’t pass!

Stay happy and healthy, until next time

Dale x


  1. Marian Bolton November 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm -  Reply

    Far sooner wake up and smell you Dale’icious!!!! Though not if it’s a windy day if you know what I mean!!!! Anyhow, I’m more of a ‘rosy lea’ girl myself so I’m afraid I won’t be purchasing Monday’s TSV, besides which I’m skint after today’s Elemis shows!!!
    Not sure whether we should tell Gail about our little get together on Friday! What do you think??? Oh, go on then …… but she’s going to be soooooooooo jealous!!
    I was invited to an Elemis workshop at The Q Gail. I didn’t tell Dale beforehand cos I knew if I did he’d make sure he was nowhere to be seen! Anyhow, there I was sitting in Reception when who should appear but our hero! I waved to him, he waved back. He came towards me ……. I thought, he’s coming over to give me that snog I asked him for ages ago!!! We snogged….. and snogged…… and snogged ………!!! Well, at least that’s how it was in my dreams on Friday night!!!! Actually, he didn’t have a clue who I was! You should have seen his face when I wafted my name badge at him!!!! I could see he was desparate to leg it but luckily for him, I was rounded up for the Elemis event. But not before he had blurted out to everyone in Reception how saucy my blogs were!!!! Can u believe it Gail???? That’s another red card Daleo!!!
    Back to your blog then. How many times are you going to tease us about how lucky that Toby Dog is eh??!! You know me and Gail would love to play a ball game with you ( I desperately want to re-word that but I figure it would result in yet another edit by the Q!!!, I’m sure Gail will get there anyway!!!!!) …… and we’re not fussy what shape they are either!!!!!!!!
    Tatty bye for now

  2. gillian hunt November 21, 2011 at 6:06 pm -  Reply

    hi Marian and Gail, your sense of humour is hilarious,in fact every one of your blogs has me laughing out loud, poor Dale but please keep it up, oh and Dale i’ve just ordered the coffee machine tsv for a treat for my daughter and her husband,look forward to reading many more blogs from you two, you should both have your own web page keep up the good work, bye for now GILL xxx

  3. Gail November 21, 2011 at 11:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale, hi Ma,
    Wake up and smell the coffee you say Daleo, I’m happy just waking up these days. I did watch you present the TSV coffee maker, which looked fab, but I’m like Ma and prefer tea. Coffee has the same effect on me as you Dale; it makes my heart race. I was also a little startled and worried when I heard, “keep the steam wand close to the bottom.” I had to check I was watching the right channel.
    Ma, I knew exactly what you were up to, ha ha, good on yer xx I read on one of the other presenters’ blogs that you were visiting the Q on Friday. As you didn’t mention it on Dale’s blog, I guessed what you were up to so I didn’t mention it either. I would love to have been a fly on the wall when Daleo realised who you were. Hope you got a hug Ma; if not another red card Daleo. Shame you were rushed into the Elemis event, I’m sure Dale was dying to get his leg over………….. the chair next to you for a talk. Was Ma lost for words when she met you Dale? No, I thought not!! LOL Ma xx
    Daleo, you know why they didn’t want you on the ‘Get Gorgeous’ event don’t you? Because you’re already gorgeous (crawl, crawl); one day I’ll get one of them personal replies!!!!!
    Okay Dale, you win, you now have me on side re Rugby, with a little help from the adorable Toby. I’m stopping right there; I’ve had enough trouble with the Blog Police.
    Night, night xx

  4. dale franklin November 23, 2011 at 12:49 am -  Reply

    Hi Marian – it was lovely to see you again ! It was so funny when I realised it was YOU ! I recognised you – but not, as our Ma !It was fate that I passed through the Q Atrium when I did, anyway I hope you enjoyed the Elemis event – Im beginning to think you have a season pass to Q Towers? I know I told everyone around you how saucy you were – but I think you quite liked it ?
    Thanks for writing and look forward to bumping into you again, no doubt soon ! Dale x

  5. Gail November 23, 2011 at 9:54 pm -  Reply

    Thank you so much for those lovely comments Gillian. I’m so glad you enjoy the banter and took the time to tell us so; Ma’s great fun, isn’t she? Take care, lol Gail xx

  6. dale franklin November 24, 2011 at 1:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Gillian, Nice to hear from you – those two don’t need any more encouragement !! Im only kidding their comments make me and I’m sure many others smile and the blog just wouldn’t be the same without them.
    Are your ears burning Gail! I hope one day we can meet and of course you can have a hug! I didn’t give Ma a hug as I was in a state of shock! see my latest blog for a more indepth analysis.
    Thanks as always for your replies. Dale x

  7. Marian Bolton November 24, 2011 at 8:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale and Gail and Gill
    Busy week I’ve had. Not playing hard to get Gail, I couldn’t if I tried, not with Dale’icious anyhow!
    You did get a mention when I met up with Dale, Gail. I think he’s secretly planning a get together for us all – ‘When Ma and Gail met Dale’! T’would be just like ‘When Harry met Sally’!! Are you liking the sound of that Gail???!!!! If it’s ok with you, I predict your answer will be “Yes, Yes, Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssss”!!!!!!!!!!! Saucy blogs………..moi??????!!!!!!!!!!
    I would love a season pass for Q Towers Daleo…….. see if you can fix it gorgeous. There’s such a fantastic buzz about that place.
    Gill, I’m so glad you enjoy our banter. it’s only ever meant to amuse and to make someone smile is a great thing!
    Lots of love all
    I’m off to work on my reply to Daleo’s latest blog. He’s been quick off the mark again Gail, think it must have been the excitement of seeing me sweetie!!!!

  8. Gail November 27, 2011 at 11:39 am -  Reply

    There you go again Daleo, starting a new blog before I’ve finished with this one. I actually got one of them personal replies this time – well, a line anyway; usually I’m completely ignored but I won’t hold it against you Daleo (noooooooooo, I’m not going there). Now where was I, oh yes, I hope we can meet one day too Daleo, your place or mine? (ONLY JOKING MA, ONLY JOKING), and I’ll hold you ………… to your promise of a hug!! Ma, make a note that Daleo has promised me a hug, I don’t want him CONVENIENTLY forgetting when the time comes!! Right, I’ve finished now Daleo xxxx

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