What should be in the thought bubble?


Dale speech bubbleHi all,

As you may or may not have noticed, The Silver Fox has been off air for a little while – We didn't go away as the kids are in full GCSE mode, but I managed to do a bit of DIY, watched my daughter in her school play and went down to Sussex to see Mum for Mother's Day (more of that later).

I actually do enjoy doing odd jobs around the house, once I've started them – but if I've gone into relax mode – I just need a bit of a push to start with, usually my wife Tracey is a willing volunteer for that job!

It's been a nightmare keeping Toby clean in this weather, one of the pitfalls of owning a shaggy dog, but one far outweighed by his gorgeousness! (Biased owner?).

The Monday after Mother's Day, I drove down to see Mum in West Sussex, lovely to see her, but the journey home was a shocker. I thought we'd seen the last of the snow in the South, but over the Downs that day, it came down heavily and quickly.

As I slithered my way home, I saw several cars in fields and ditches. I was actually lucky, as I was already travelling as it started to fall and later that night I heard on the news how many folks had been trapped in Sussex for many hours. I hope you weren't one of them.

Just for Fun!

Last blog I offered a close up picture as a fun competition – regular reader Marian suggested a twist on this and said that we should say what should be in the "speech bubble" on my photo with Charlie. I liked the idea :- So this week your "just for fun" comp is – What should be in my "thought bubble" ? See the picture at the top of the blog.

Please leave your suggestions in the comments section and remember that all comments are moderated – Ha Ha!

Until next time Dale x

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  1. Marian Bolton March 21, 2013 at 6:54 pm -  Reply

    It’s very hard ………….. your competition D, not what’s in your thought bubble!!! Although, on that note, how about:
    ‘Clearly they’ve heard I’m a ‘naturally active’ man!’ or:
    ‘It’ll take more than Cleanse and Polish to keep these thoughts clean!!”
    And ‘No’ you’re not a biased owner, Toby is gorgeous.
    Over to you G!!

  2. Gail March 22, 2013 at 9:41 am -  Reply

    Hello Dale,
    I most definitely did notice that you weren’t on air, although I have been entertained by my very own little Foxes; not so little actually. It must be the mating season! My Foxes are so wonderful; it’s an absolute honour and privilege to feed them and have them visit me, although one of them does insist on sitting in the middle of the crossroads and only moves at the last moment if a vehicle appears.
    Anyway, I love games D but not sure about this one but I’ll have a go. Can’t wait for Ma’s response, I’m laughing already. Hi Ma xx
    1. Not now girls as I’m still practising me ‘Hands, Knees and
    Boomps-a-Daisy’ for tomorrows Anything Goes show.
    2. Pot pourri, can’t they see
    I’m desperate for a Dairylea!
    Oh well, I had a go D. I know what you mean re keeping the dogs clean. I had a pure white Chihuahua but I kept her immaculate. I loved that dog more than anything in the whole world and always will.
    Must rush as I’m ‘orf to Hospital this morning. I’ve been beaten up by my own body this week, literally.
    Take care,
    G xx

  3. martin forbes March 24, 2013 at 8:19 pm -  Reply

    hi dale hope you are well I am not bad.
    Did you present big boys toys with paul lavers on qvc how did you get on with him .how many years have you been at the q by the way October the ist this year is qvc relly 20 years .I remebrt watching on Aberdeen cable on ist October when broadcasting was I think 2pm to 10pm in those days with Julia and jon briggs.i also enjoyed wahching you and anne on anything goes too .and you said this dsaturday is lat of the present run.ihave enjoyed watching it on asaturday.will it return for anew reun soon will it still be on asaturday 8to 10pm.julia Roberts book brilliant reading.

  4. Marian Bolton March 25, 2013 at 7:49 pm -  Reply

    Stop laughing G, I’ve been moderated again!!! Not surprised though ……. I’ve been a VERY naughty girl! Sorry D and the Q moderators. I hope you had a giggle though!
    You are lucky with your foxes G, sounds wonderful. Our pair of song thrushes have returned for the third year running. They’re so cheeky, peering through the patio doors on their tip toes whenever we’re in the kitchen for some raisins to be thrown out. Six or seven times a day when we’re at home at the weekends. Sad time this morning though. We took a poorly robin in yesterday only to find the poor little fella hadn’t made it this morning. So upsetting.
    Take care D and G. And maybe the speech/thought bubble competition wasn’t such a good idea D?!!

  5. Gail March 29, 2013 at 10:34 am -  Reply

    Hi Dale,
    Had to come through and wish my two pals Happy Easter. D, I don’t want to burst your bubble and all that but can we play another game please? I honestly can’t think of anything to say in your bubble which is very unlike me; usually I’ve got plenty to say.
    Hi Ma xx, the fact that you were edited (yet again) is even funnier than anything you could have put in the bubble, ha ha. Would love to have read the unedited version.
    My hubby has been after me buns all morning D (Hot Cross Buns Ma), so we’ve just had some and now I’m ‘orf out.
    Ma’s Begonias haven’t made an appearance yet D, I’m still waiting. I’m waiting to have a look at the KitchenAid TSV this weekend; might treat myself for Easter (any excuse will do). If I buy it I’ll send you a photo of me soft peaks (meriguenes Ma). I know merignues is wrongly spelt but I’m in a hurry so can’t look in the dictionary. Haven’t a clue where spell check is on the computer and I’ve only had it for about 5 years.
    Anyway, have a lovely Easter D and M and if you think of any more games Dale, count me in.
    Ma, sorry about the Robin. Birds are very hard to care for. In the wild birds become very vulnerable when they are ill so they have to pretend to be well. Therefore, when you see an ill bird it is usually very ill and beyond saving. I’ve tried caring for many birds over the years and I can only think of one that I actually released back successfully. The main thing is we try Ma. Doing something is definitely better than doing nothing, even if it is only giving it a safe, warm place in which to depart with dignitiy (oh, I’m all teary eyed now).
    Gail xx

  6. dale franklin April 1, 2013 at 5:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Gail, Brilliant effort! I hope Hospital wasn’t too bad and you’ve been able to enjoy the Long Weekend ! Our Foxes keep digging up our Tubs ! He’s not happy about it ! boom boom! Dale x
    Hi Marian, He he I just knew you couldn’t resist ! I do think your photo comp is a great idea and your suggestions are very creative, as always ! Hope you didn’t feel too bruised from your moderation ! Dale x
    Hi Martin, Good to hear from you again. I worked many times with Paul Lavers and laughed through every minute of it – he’s a talented man. “Anything Goes” is taking a break and will be back at some point but don’t forget that Saturday Night Gifts will hopefully be back in the Autumn also ! all the best Dale 🙂

  7. Tina Cook April 13, 2013 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Dale,
    Are you the son of Danny Purchase only we are related if so. My mum was Shirley Purchase.
    My uncle done our family tree and Danny is my mums uncle would love to learn more about my family i haven’t met.

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