Adders, eagles and computers!


I hope this finds all well, as always.

There’s a lot of talk on the radio and in the press, that we’re in for a really cold winter! Who knows? But, to be honest, I think (certainly in the South) that it’s been pretty reasonable so far, in fact I bumped into this rather angry adder this week, basking on a pathway whilst I was walking Toby and Ellie. I couldn’t resist the photo opportunity and immediately grabbed the dogs (who hadn’t spotted or smelt it) I walked them past it and gave them the ‘charge’ command I use when they are first let off their lead – they run side by side for a hundred yards or so – this gave enough time to go back grab a pic and a short video.

I haven’t dubbed in the hissing, it’s quite genuine and a sure sign that she wasn’t very happy. This is another reason why I kept the video short as I really wanted to leave her to get on with the task of hibernating, which, to be honest, she should have already done. As I said, it’s been pretty mild where I live with some beautifully sunny days in October – perhaps this has thrown her calendar off a bit? But, as we all know, it can change overnight.

Talking of calendars our quest to help you organise your Christmas gift buying continues to gather pace at The Q.

If you’re looking to buy a new computer but can’t quite make up your mind whether to go tablet or laptop? Why not do both?! Join me next Tuesday at midnight when I’ll be launching a great HP Today’s Special Value. It’s the HP Pavillion X2 (a two-in-one design) with 32GB of storage with a choice of Red or Silver, obviously at an amazing TSV price! There’s a lot more to talk about, so if you’re looking out for an innovative gift for that special person in your family (including yourself!) this Christmas – I hope you can join myself and Danny Kiaie from HP at midnight on Tuesday.

I’m back with Andi Peters again this Monday at our usual time of 7pm for an hour of festive feasting ideas and more than a little fun along the way.

A bald eagle in flight

I boasted during the show last week that I’d been photographed with a large bird on my arm! Well, it was true as last week I visited the Hawk Conservancy Trust down in Hampshire. I had a fantastic time and although the day was dull weather-wise the visit was spectacular. I and a lucky group of six others got to fly a wonderful collection of Birds of Prey including a Vulture, Harris Hawk and culminating in a majestic North American Bald Eagle named “Orion” – amazing life experience !

Dale Franklin with a bald eagle on his arm

Til next time stay warm and grounded!

Dale x


  1. chantel briody October 23, 2015 at 3:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi dale I love the picture of you and the eagle you are more braver than me haha, take care

    • Dale Franklin October 30, 2015 at 9:09 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Rio, we weren’t allowed to stroke him but he was magnificent x

  2. Liz Dolan October 24, 2015 at 9:20 am -  Reply

    Lovely pictures and video Dale. I do Luke snakes but only from a distance! Lovely blog as usual.

    • Dale Franklin October 30, 2015 at 9:10 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Liz, it’s great to hear that from you x

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