New show, new camera and the return of the Dartford warbler


Well done to anyone who entered last weekend’s London Marathon, including our very own Promo Producer/Director Rob Watkins, who was running for Breast Cancer Care! Our very own Will Gowing interviewed him after he finished – watch Will’s QCam video to find out how he did and what cheeky present Alison Young gave him! I always said I’d run it before my knees gave out and the clock is still ticking!! It obviously takes great determination and effort – so huge congrats to all who entered in all categories and thank you for all the millions you raised.


News of a new Show to hit The Q – ‘The Lunchtime Show’ – our new show will go to air every week day at 1pm and brings a new chatty style to your screens.

The first show is today (Monday) and I’ll be presenting Tuesday and Wednesday’s Shows with Pipa and Claire respectively. I played a part in a recorded pilot and I must say it was a lot of fun.

Once you’ve had a chance to see a couple of shows, I’d really appreciate you leaving any feedback you may have in the comments section below, so that I can pass it onto the “powers that be”.

As you may have guessed from my blog over the years, I like to take photos and video of Wildlife and made the decision to get back into DSLR photography. It involves a lot more kit and expense but the results are usually worth it. So I treated myself to a new camera last week and took it out on Saturday for the first time and to my utter joy managed to photograph quite a rare little bird the Dartford warbler on the Heathland behind my house.


I’ve been trying to catch these shy, vocal, perky little creatures on camera for years but never had a zoom camera to hand whenever I’ve seen their dark, silhouette flashing into another clump of Gorse. They are only really found on Southern lowland Heathland and a few places in East Anglia and were almost extinct in this country after the terrible Winters of the early 1960’s, when it is estimated that they were down to a few breeding pairs. We are right at their Northern most range, so it’s a treat to capture this one, although there are estimated to be around 3,000 breeding pairs – not all are UK Residents, as that number includes migrants from Spain and North Africa.


Talking of nature, On Sunday Evening at midnight I’ll be in Richard Jackson’s Garden for the launch of Monday’s wonderful TSV from Carolyn Bourne (nee Whetman) – She is the “Queen of Pinks” and has won countless RHS Awards and medals – we’ll be offering 15 x Giant Scented Whetman Pinks Plug plants with fertiliser at a Special Price, so I hope you can join us all at Midnight. They are such delightful little flowers and have the most exquisite perfumed scent – they get their name from their appearance not colour as it looks like the edges of the petals have cut with “pinking shears”.

I’ve included an obligatory doggie photo to end up with.

Debbie and Ellie

‘Till next time, stay well and fragrant !

Dale x


  1. Frances Wright April 30, 2015 at 11:03 pm -  Reply

    Dale I absolutely love seeing your two beautiful dogs. They look so happy and must be a joy to own. Can I have them please?

    • Dale Franklin May 5, 2015 at 12:51 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Fran – I’ll happily keep sharing photos of them with you but not actually themselves ! Ha ha
      Dale x

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