Baby crows and my favourite Q products


I’m not going to start this week by talking about the weather – I think we’re all a bit fed up with it.

I was in the garden last week when I heard a bit of commotion and Tracey shouting at Ellie to “Leave it”. It appears that for the second year running a crow fledgling decided to crash land in our garden! Ellie is the “hunter” and is constantly keeping birds and particularly grey squirrels on their toes.

It’s fascinating to watch her stalk her target and quite cute as she leaps in the air, like a springbok in her approach which gives her intended prey plenty of time to clear off. Although she obviously inherited the Collie herding genes, it’s another example of just how much wolf DNA domestic dogs still share.

CrowFledgling16Anyway, the fledgling escaped, although Tracey said it was a close-run thing. I found it a little shaken in our old garden seat perching on a knee rest. It sat there calling for Mum who eventually encouraged it to try to make it’s way up to a higher and safer spot. It eventually made it onto the top of our fence and that was the last I saw of it. As I said the very same thing happened last year. The crows have a large nest in a neighbour’s pine tree and I suppose as they glide/flap/crash land out of the nest they aim for our lawn?

Anyway I’ve included photos from both last year and this – they may not be the cutest chicks but you’ve gotta love their blue eyes. The close up is from last year’s chick.


Next week I’m popping over to QVC France with our lovely Guest Manager, Tina, to present some Guest Training seminars. I’m really looking forward to it. I’m convinced Tracey (Mrs F) thinks I’m going over to watch the footy! I’ll let you know how I get on in my next blog.

I know I mention it most blogs, well during the summer anyway, but please make sure you’ve got plenty of sun protection with you – to be honest I don’t think I’ll have many Parisian tanning opportunities but – you never know when you’ll need it. I love the Ultrasun Sport personally but there are other formulations to suit all at

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IMG_2386Out on a walk with the dogs the other day I stumbled across this beautiful wild orchid! I think it’s a Marsh Orchid, but I’d be happy to be advised otherwise – I always thought they only grew wild in exotic climes but when I googled ‘UK Orchid species’ I was pleasantly surprised to see how many there were.

We get many questions from viewers during our Richard Jackson hours how best to look after orchids and I have to say I’ve had a lot of success recently using Richard Jackson’s Flower Power – it works just as well on your indoor flowers as those outside, if you haven’t already, why not give it a try?

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If you aren’t planning a trip to find the sun abroad, you can still get a beautiful tan by faking it! We have some great self tan brands such as Tan Luxe, Utan,  James Read or Vita Liberata. Larger beauty brands such as Elemis and Decleor offer products as well.

Finally I just wanted to mention the guys at The Real Pie Company, based down in Sussex – they are currently offering a fantastic collection of their brilliant pasties. Choose between their award-winning ‘Real Pasties’ or their mixed selection which includes a mouth watering variety including a Lamb and Vegetable Pasty!

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So until next time stay fledged and sun safe and well fed !

Dale x


  1. Clare June 22, 2016 at 10:36 am -  Reply

    Hi Dale
    Only just started to look at your blogs – admittedly I thought they’d be boring,but not so!
    Love the bird pic – great shot – i can see why you added the copyright. You’ve really captured the piercing blue eyes, & made this type of bird, which I’d normally place in the ‘pecky & flappy’ group look quite beautiful….nature & all that.

    I have an English Springer Spaniel, I suspect he shares many of Ellie’s traits…..(Boing!)

    Look forwards to your next installment. More animal pics please!


    • Dale Franklin July 19, 2016 at 9:47 pm -  Reply

      Hi Clare, appreciate your comments – apologies for late reply – I love photographing wildlife but it can be so challenging and then an opportunity like this lands in your lap! Dale x

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