Testing out my new camera and an upcoming Dyson TSV…


Red kiteHope this weeks blog finds you all in as good a place as it can!

The kids are studying like mad and my daughter has already put an entry on my calendar "Stay away Dad" Aaahh the joy of GCSE's! I think she's only done it for my own health's sake.

I recently bought the wonderful Fujifilm HS50 EXR Bridge camera and I've been getting some great results with it.

I've included a photo I took of a Red Kite that flew over a rugby game my son was playing in – "Did you see my try dad?" Of course Son !!?

The magnificent bird was a long way off and I am amazed at the detail the camera captured, taken whilst in flight against a gloomy sky!! Oh and in Surrey not Wales, where they were first re-introduced! Brilliant camera. Oh and great Try son!!!


TobyWe have another great TSV from Dyson coming up next wednesday it's the D35 Digital Slim Animal – I've been given a sample to put through it's paces – Trouble is Toby got to it before me – Oooose a clever boy! He was particularly impressed with how lightweight yet powerful it was!!

Seriously, Dyson have a real winner with this model, they wanted to design a cordless vacuum cleaner that changed the way we vacuumed and in my opinion they have certainly achieved this objective!

I thought Toby's expression was perfect for this week's "Just for fun" photo comp, let me have your ideas to fill the thought bubble in the comments section.

I'm also back with the stunning Mystic Topaz range, Birkenstock, Panasonic and Charlie Bears next week – all in all a packed week.

On Monday I might be involved in something funny away from The Q, if it happens, I'll be telling you all about it next week.

Love it if you can follow me on Twitter @dalefranklintv or text or call me during my live shows.

Till next week,

Take care of yourselves.

Dale x


  1. J.Pate May 12, 2013 at 6:57 pm -  Reply

    I love it when you post pictures of Toby he is the re-incarnation of my Bearded Collie Charlie who died a good few years ago. I loved every minute of the 14 years we had him he was so loveable,funny and a real character. Keep posting the pictures Dale as it reminds me of Charlie so very much.

  2. Sylvia May 13, 2013 at 12:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale
    Just saw you on This Morning. Are you going to be a regular in The Hub? You’re looking good bye the way. Sylvia

  3. Marian Bolton May 13, 2013 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

    ‘Derrrrrrrr Dad! What a Jobsworth ….. off looking for the TMTI number! Even I know you just press this button ere!”
    How’s yer hostas D? Mine r looking FAB U LOUS! Nearly time for a pic’y then! When R U on with RJ next?
    A-up G!

  4. Marian Bolton May 14, 2013 at 9:24 pm -  Reply

    ‘Bloomin marvellous init! While Dad’s off playing with kites, I’m expected to do his chores. Someone should tell him, that’s not what they mean by “changing the way we vacuum”!
    Kiss, Kiss Toby!

  5. Gail May 15, 2013 at 10:57 am -  Reply

    Hello Dale,
    Love the photo of the Kite; great news that they’re doing so well at the moment.
    Right, the thought bubble, ‘orf we go …………………..
    “When you said you were bringing an animal home, this wasn’t quite what I had in mind.”
    “Pose, pose, pose, that’s all I seem to do, I know I’m a great Model but I’d rather have a chew.”
    Seriously Dad I love you all
    I love you all that’s true,
    And I wouldn’t change a single thing
    ‘Cos I know you love me too.
    I’m ready for my close-up now Mr F!!

  6. Gail May 15, 2013 at 11:22 am -  Reply

    Forgot to say hello to MMM (my mate Ma). Hi Ma xx. Read all about your Birthday on Julia’s blog; sounded great, what a fantastic experience. Keep well, lol G xx. Dale, fancy not telling us u were going to be on This Morning. We’ll have no secrets on this blog, will we M 🙂

  7. Marian Bolton May 15, 2013 at 1:59 pm -  Reply

    ‘Ere, I reckon I’ve been ad! Dad said TSV stands for Toby Should Vacuum??’
    Yes sweet Toby, you’ve been ad
    Which means your Dad is a cad
    Not only has he fibbed to you
    But he’s kept a secret from us two!
    Hi G. My ‘feed a tiger’ experience was truly one of the best moments in my life. It was awesome. I’ve put a little movie on my Facebook page if you can get into it. If not, I’d love you to send me a friend request! And I completely agree, no secrets on here, we should bare all (though not literally Blog Police!!)
    D, I’m very tempted by that Dyson myself. Just hoping it’s gone to Advanced Orders by the time I get home tonight cos I’ve already spent way too much this month!!. I should point out that I’m currently on my lunch break!!

  8. Gail May 16, 2013 at 10:32 am -  Reply

    Ma, don’t have a clue about Facebook or how it works ( remember I haven’t even found the spell check yet!!). Would love to be in contact though so, if okay with you, I ‘ll get my e-mail number to you via Daleo :). I know he has your address. I’ll post a letter to D with a stamped envelope inside ( if that’s okay with D of course), then D can put your address on it and post it for me. Inside will be my e-mail address. If you don’t want to exchange e-mails that fine, I’ll understand. Hello Dale and Toby xx.

  9. dale franklin May 16, 2013 at 4:05 pm -  Reply

    Dear J.Pate – thank you for your lovely comment – I know Toby is very popular with our QVC Customers but I try not to over expose him, but it’s not easy ! All Beardies seem to inherit the fun gene – Charlie B’s daughter thinks Toby is really a human dressed up – She could be right !!
    Thank you Sylvia – I was actually invited on the show because my name was Dale ! I was delighted to be asked – It was a fun experience – more about that next blog x

  10. Marian Bolton May 16, 2013 at 6:36 pm -  Reply

    Why don’t you try TMTI for facebook G??!!
    I’d be surprised if D has kept my address, …….. still, I suppose a girl can dream eh!!! Speaking of which D, were you tired this morning??!! Cos you were running through my mind all night last night ……… and in those short shorts!!!
    Daleo, I’m fine with one of The Q team looking my address up to send on Gail’s letter. Shouldn’t take em long to find me …… I must be one of their best customers!! Speaking of which (again!!), I ordered that Dyson last night as it had very conveniently gone to Advanced Order despatched early June. Nice one The Q!
    G, D’ya think D is ignoring us??!!

  11. Gail May 17, 2013 at 10:11 am -  Reply

    I don’t think D is ignoring us, r u D? He’ obviously trying to think of something extra specially nice to say to us, r n t u D x. Either that or hes sulking because I m not sending him my email address!!Now I don’t wanna cause any aggro re getting my e-mail address 2 M D, but if u can dat wood b nice. Must shoot (bang bang), couldn’t resist. Ye all have a nice weekend now xxx

  12. angela white May 17, 2013 at 10:32 am -  Reply

    “oops I better get biscuit crumbs up before dad gets home”! “blimey dad do I have to do everything around here”! “do the shake n vac n put the freshness back lalala”! xx

  13. Dale Franklin May 20, 2013 at 12:03 pm -  Reply

    Ma and Gail – I’m not ignoring you – I thought I replied to you but clearly I hadn’t! . We are looking into the best way to unite you both once and for all! We need to make sure that we do not fall foul of Data protection etc etc.
    Thanks for your comments as always. X
    Angela, how did you know Toby could sing ! He’s a rubbish dancer though – gets it from me ! X

  14. Gail May 21, 2013 at 9:15 am -  Reply

    Not that old chestnut D. Thanks for ‘uniting’ Ma and I, it’s been lovely chatting to her. Making new friends via a shopping channel; now that’s one special shopping channel. Also D, how come everyone on your blog gets a few lines from you and Ma and I only get ‘thanks for your comments?’. Your coming through loud and clear D so it’s goodbye from me x

  15. angela white May 21, 2013 at 11:03 am -  Reply

    hi dale our toby(choc lab) would sing when coronation street tune came on! we still miss him they part of family aren’t they? x

  16. dale franklin May 21, 2013 at 12:45 pm -  Reply

    Thanks for your comment Gail !! Ha ha – I read everyone’s comments and appreciate them equally, but I think you know that G ! Glad you and Ma are now in direct contact – it’s great you’ve become such friends on my blog x
    Angela, they are very much part of the family – we’ve never had a singing dog but Toby will howl like a wolf sometimes when he hears a siren in the distance x

  17. Gail May 24, 2013 at 8:58 am -  Reply

    Bonjour D,
    Je suis de retour (that’s ‘I’m back’ to you D).
    Quoi de neuf? Je ne bois pas beaucoup de biere et je ne parle pas Espagnol! Tu comprends?
    Faites la vaisselle.
    Je dois y aller et je veux y aller. Pourquoi – J’ai faim.
    Bon week-end.
    G xx

  18. Marian Bolton May 25, 2013 at 10:48 am -  Reply

    S’ok, I’ve got this one for you D!
    “Thanks as always for your comment G!”
    He, hee, that’ll wind er up again D!!!!! What the eck’s she on about *anyow!
    I speak a little Frog myself u know …… voulez vouz ….. ok I’l stop right there b4 I get into *bover again!!

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