X Factor, a Gardening Celebration and Vax


Hi all,

I hope you’re enjoying your summer. Readers of my last blog will know I was hoping to be fit enough to present my shows last Thursday and Friday, but I hope you were able to join Debbie and Craig who deputised for me. A couple of subsequent visits to my Doc and I was back in for the Lunchtime Show on Monday with Chloe and the very talented X Factor finalist Andrea Faustini who treated us to a couple of verses of a Whitney Houston classic from his album ‘Kelly‘. He not only did this acapella with no notice, but amazingly, immediately after eating pizza and cake provided by Simon Brown – what a star! – and a complete gentleman too.

Dale 24 July 3a edit

My good friend Richard Jackson has been our resident Garden Expert at The Q for well over 20 years but this weekend we are celebrating 14 years of his ‘Plants and Flowers with Richard Jackson’ shows. Richard has inspired so many people to pick up the trowel for the first time, as well as encouraging lapsed gardeners to re-kindle their lost hobby. It’s no secret it’s one of my all-time favourite shows on QVC and I’m thrilled to be with RJ for SIX hours over the weekend, two on Saturday and two 2 hour long shows on Sunday – he’s probably wondering who he’s upset to deserve that! Richard and I have enjoyed a long friendship stretching back over 18 years and we always strive to present a fun, entertaining and fact packed show, invariably there will be a few leg pulls, giggles and most importantly lots of gardening hints and tips and great ideas for you to get the very best from your garden. We’ll be joined by many of your favourite gardening guests as well – I really hope you can join us for at least one or all of the shows – Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 9am and 12 midday.

Also on Saturday I’ll be presenting an hour of Vax Home Cleaning at 11am. Vax are a great British brand and experts at floor care particularly when it comes to rugs and carpets. They have the honour of Saturday’s Today’s Special Value in the form of the Vax W86 DP-A Dual Power Pet Carpet Washer. This carpet washer is brilliant at reaching deep into the fibres and sucking out the dirt and grit that can often be the reason for shortening the life of our carpets. Vacuum cleaners do an amazing job of lifting much of the dust and dirt but a carpet washer seems to get even more out of the carpet, even straight after a good going over with a powerful vacuum. This model will be of particular interest to pet owners such as moi, as I have two dogs, did you know that? (I may have mentioned it once or five thousand times before 🙂 ).

Dale 24 July 2a edit

As I write it’s drizzling, so that means the dogs will inevitably bring in dirt to the house, no matter how well we wash their feet, so I’ll be putting the machine through its paces and will bring the results in a bottle to show you in the 11am hour – so please don’t say that I never treat you! But of course, you don’t have to have pets to reap the benefits of its cleaning power and technologies. We are offering an amazing saving compared to the Vax web price and the machine is offered with a 2 year manufacturer’s guarantee. Now carpet washers are traditionally not the lightest of machines but this model weighs in at just 5.8kg empty as its part of Vax’s lightest carpet range and has a similar footprint to a traditional upright vacuum with the performance of a full size washer.

I was considering a competition this week “What’s Richard holding?” but thought better of it!

Dale 24 July edit

However, I’ve been working on getting another competition prize to offer you, related to this blog and if my little plan bears fruit I’ll be able to confirm details next blog!

Till next time stay clean and well watered

Dale x


  1. lorraine July 25, 2015 at 11:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale never leave QVC-I love watching you and reading your blogs . keep smiling x

    • dale franklin August 6, 2015 at 8:35 pm -  Reply

      ahh Bless you Lorraine ! I don’t have any plans to leave just yet ! I hope my Boss feels the same 🙂 Dale xx

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