Feeling better with Imagine Cruising, dog walks, and Q!

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Imagine CruisingHi all,

Did you manage to see our first Imagine Cruising show last Tuesday? It appears that many did, and some of you have now booked the dream cruise as a result. Very nice!

I have had the honour of presenting many premiere shows on QVC over the years, but there was definitely something both exciting (and a little nerve wracking) about the first Imagine Cruising show we recorded.

The shows were packed with some lovely interviews from Kathy and stunning shots of the magnificent cruise ships; along with detailed animations of your dream cruise.

The shows continue on the live channel this Tuesday at 4pm, then 8pm and 2pm respectively for the next two Tuesdays running. You can also watch the shows at various times on QVC Extra on Sky (channel 667), Freesat (channel 814), and Freeview (with internet connection).

Here's a quick clip of Kathy on one of the cruise ships…

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Dale and Lisa SnowdonI've been away from the Q for a few days, struck down with "The Presenter's Curse" – otherwise known as laryngitis.

My doctor made me swear to a vow of silence for several days (not something I'm renowned for!?) and I shall be able to hopefully return this Wednesday with two fabulous Jewellery brands: starting with glamorous Frank Usher at 5pm and Über cool Links of London at 7pm.

The great Jewellery brands just keep on coming, as on Friday I have Bibi Bijoux and the delightful Lisa Snowdon jewellery collection is back on Saturday at 9pm!

If you're looking for that new statement piece for this Spring/Summer then I hope you can join me for one, if not all of these Shows.

 But now, time for…

Dale's Springwatch

Toby meeting some stagsAs I said, I've been resting my voice but obviously still been out and about with my dog Toby. He had a close up encounter with two Red Deer Stags last week. Luckily for him, they were totally unfazed as this season's antlers were still growing and their testosterone levels were normal – more importantly, there was also a fence between them!

We also stumbled across another animal that could have hurt Toby, but luckily I saw it first.

A young adder or viper crossed our path – I often see adders on my walks with Toby and as he sniffs at just about everything, (as Britain's only venomous reptile) I have to be vigilant. Even though where I live they seem plentiful, I believe their numbers are in decline.

As I speak, luckily neither myself or any of my dogs over the years have suffered from an adder bite, but I know some owners whose dogs have been bitten (usually on the nose) and they understandably, don't show much warmth towards them, especially if the bite has caused complications.

A snake on the dog walkBites only usually occur if the adder feels threatened, they usually want to escape as quickly as possible or just freeze in the hope you haven't seen them. Inquisitive dogs will sniff at any strange smell, and it's easy to see that an adder would mistake this as an attack and strike out.

I've read that, for humans, bites are rare and usually occur when the snake has either been: trodden on; felt threatened by an approaching foot (I never walk Toby in sandals); or the person attempted to pick the snake up! Seriously?!

I've also seen grass snakes (Britain's largest snake) and slow worms, but have never seen the incredibly scarce smooth snake. 

If I spot any more wildlife on my dog walks, I'll try and get a snap.

That's all from me for now – hopefully see you Wednesday, so stay well, until next time

Dale x

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