Time flies when you’re on holiday!


Dale Franklin applying Ultrasun in SpainHoliday? What holiday?

It's the same every year, isn't it?

We had a lovely, relaxing break on Spain's Costa Blanca, but within a few days of returning everyone's back into the hectic swing of modern life.

But I'm not grumbling, I realise that I'm very fortunate to be able to take a summer break away.

The weather was scorching hot and we didn't really see any clouds. I spent most of the time under a sun brolly reading e-Books, after having first covered myself in Ultrasun.

We took various different sun factors with us but the Sport SPF 20 & 30 options proved to be the most popular for us all – with a bit of 30 for the face! It's the best protection we've ever used as a family. If you love Ultrasun, what option suits you?

Wild flamingos in SpainI took my Fuji HS50 Bridge camera and got some fantastic shots, although not award-winning!

The flamingo photo was a treat to shoot, I didn't realise flamingos were even found in Spain? They were several hundred yards away and the heat haze blurred the picture, so I was chuffed to capture it.

From what I've heard it was boiling here as well. I kept running back in every ten minutes to hear the latest Ashes score. The result of the first two tests just added to my happy demeanour.

Huge thanks to my neighbour Jim, who was on watering duty for me and kept all my plants and flowers alive – including my Thompson & Morgan Lilies, part of the Great QVC Presenter Lily challenge!

Toby managed to find a cool sheltered spot in mum's garden most of the time, so he had a stress free break as well.

Dale and Charlie BrookI hope you were able to catch mine and Charlie's Diamond Spectacular last Sunday. We had a wonderful reaction from everyone on Twitter, text and telephone.

It really made the three hour show seem like an hour, so thank you from me-buddy and I.

I've got some great shows coming up this week as well with Ron Norsworthy, Vax and Bamix. I'm also joining Kathy for the Morning Show on Thursday! Hope you join us!

This week's "just for fun" photo might take a little more imagination… it's of Charlie and I backstage minutes before our Diamond Show. Have a go!

Take care till next time and remember you can follow me on Twitter – @dalefranklintv


  1. Teresa Karasavvas August 7, 2013 at 10:49 pm -  Reply

    They are both thinking the same “these Spanx are really killing me but I will keep smiling and not let on. As they say in showbiz the show must go on”.

  2. Marian Bolton August 8, 2013 at 8:19 pm -  Reply

    Time flies ….. full stop D! Speaking of flies …… I always put dead flies in me wine yer know, Y …. cos I like me wine with a little body in it!!
    It’s nice to have you ……….. back D! We’ve missed you. Ignore G, she’s been bugging me to death whilst you’ve been away … she even kidnapped a little hedgehog on his way to the pub and named him after you!! Bless, I bet she’s playing with her toys again! Hiya G xx
    I love Ultrasun, use it every day without fail on me bits on show D …….. which means I get through a lot!!
    Let’s have a look at yer lilies then D… what they gonna call em if you win? …. Dale Lilies sounds about right!
    That was a great show with you and Charlie on Sunday, lots of giggles and shenanigans. I managed to get all me ironing done though not b4 burning both me ears. Well, me buddy phoned and, in all the excitement of watching you D, instead of picking up the phone, I picked up the iron! How did you burn your other ear I hear you shout??!!!! Thanks for asking D. Well, yer see, me buddy phoned back!!!
    ‘Just for Fun’ then:
    ‘For how we are about to *mischieve, may the Lord make us truly *repentful’! (P’raps you should buy yer buddy a dictionary D!!)

  3. Gai August 9, 2013 at 9:39 am -  Reply

    Nice to see you, to see you nice| Glad to have you back D, I did miss you on the box, but where are all those sexy, action shots of you in yer ‘short shorts?’
    I did catch you and Charles on the Diamond Show and thoroughly enjoyed it – great fun πŸ™‚
    I wish you’d stop giving them smouldering looks to camera though every time you go to a break; I had to be revived 4 times during the show and I haven’t heard from Ma since, so goodness knows if she’s ok or not πŸ™‚
    Are you sure you like Ultrasun? That photo has a look of ‘shall I or shan’t I’ look on your face, ha ha. I’m sure it was just the sun!!
    I’m in a hurry this morning D so doing this very fast; hope no spelling errors.
    Just for fun:
    “Are you sure that fan mail is all for you”
    Limerick just for you D:
    Daleo on his deckchair
    Relaxing in the sun
    Head to toe in sun cream
    Except, of course, his b—
    (BACK D, BACK) πŸ™‚
    So very, very sad to hear the news of beautiful Beulah. A wonderful, beautiful lady who I have watched for many years. Very sad news indeed. Lots of love to her family and friends xx
    Lots of love to Amica too; she may be off our screen at the moment but she definitely isn’t forgotten. Lol Amica xxx
    Well, turrah for now, things to do and people to torment πŸ™‚
    Hello Ma xx
    Moi xx

  4. Gai August 9, 2013 at 9:48 am -  Reply

    Bonjour, moi again. It’s funny how things come to you when you least expect it (there’s a joke there somewhere but I haven’t got time). Just walking up the stairs Dale and I thought of this:
    Daleo in his short shorts
    Paddling in the sea
    No he isn’t dancing
    He just wants to have a wee
    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  5. Marian Bolton August 9, 2013 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

    Lol G, you’re off your rocker!! Nice one Teresa! xx

  6. Marian Bolton August 11, 2013 at 11:13 am -  Reply

    Ere’s another then D ….
    ‘Gordon Bennett, me buddy’s overdone it with the Old Spice …….. don’t know about ‘Smith and Jones’ ….. three hours of that and it’ll be sniff and stoned’!!!!!
    And one more:
    ‘Surely me buddy was joking when e said e was gonna say ‘N for *nuptuals’!! (It’s nuptials Charlie …….. get im a dictionary will you D!!!) That was well funny by the way!!!

  7. Gail August 12, 2013 at 7:18 am -  Reply

    D, I’m not on Twitter or Facebook so hope you don’t mind if I use your Blog to say how very sad I was to hear about the very beautiful Amica. So so so so sad; she was a gorgeous, beautiful lady and I thought of her often during her illness. First beautiful Beulah and now beautiful Amica; how very cruel life can be.

  8. martin forbes August 13, 2013 at 6:50 pm -  Reply

    hope you had agood holiday dale

  9. dale franklin August 15, 2013 at 2:44 pm -  Reply

    Thanks for all your great comments – I will reply to them all – but felt it only right to start by saying how well put Gail’s comment was.
    Amica was a beautiful person, elegant, eloquent and kind. I’m privileged to have presented so many hours with her and have such fond memories of our Jewellery shows together over the last 16 years – like so many, I still can’t believe the sad news and my thoughts are genuinely with her wonderful family who she was so devoted to. As Gail mentions, together with the recent sad passing of our lovely Beulah, many associated with QVC, both staff and Customers alike are left feeling more than a little empty. I will always cherish happy and amusing memories of them both.
    God Bless them

  10. Marian Bolton August 15, 2013 at 6:14 pm -  Reply

    Beautifully said Dale. xx

  11. DALE FRANKLIN August 17, 2013 at 11:55 am -  Reply

    Good one Teresa ! I can see where you’re coming from!
    Thank you Martin – I did, I hope you are well.
    Marian and Gail – wot can I say ! Ma my pal Neal once burnt his face with an iron, trying to ascertain if it was on!! True story and he was sober.
    Gail , you’re right that’s one part of my anatomy that’s never met ultrasun! We had climbed halfway up a mountain when Ali took that photo and I was starting to glow!! Hence my chastened expression! Thanks to Ultrasun the whole family enjoyed the sun.
    Thanks to you all for making my blog such fun
    Dale xx

  12. Gail August 19, 2013 at 9:54 am -  Reply

    Psst D, you shouldn’t be posting photos of you and your girlfriend on Twitter!! That lady definitely isn’t old enough to be your Mum; if she is I’ll have a pint of what the lovely lady is on. Lovely photo D and you are very lucky to still have your Mum around, a very glamourous one too. Hope you spoil her wrotten xx.

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