Watch out for snakes!


Well we’ve enjoyed a couple of recent scorchers together with a few wet ones! I hope you’re well prepared with your Ultrasun ready for what many are saying will be a long hot summer? I know – we’ve heard that so many times and tend not to take much notice, whilst at the same time never giving up hope!

The hot weather brought out the adders at the weekend and unfortunately my neighbour’s Cockapoo got bitten when he ran up to the snake to pick it up thinking it was a stick lying on the path – apparently it all happened very quickly. I saw three myself that day and managed to get some lovely shots of this mature female.

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I’m very careful when out with the dogs on sunny days and try to keep them on the paths, where it’s a little easier to spot them basking. The truth is you cannot see them in undergrowth until you’re right on top of them so I’m not arrogant enough to think that Toby or Ellie won’t get a bite, but keep my eyes wide open and my fingers crossed. As I have said in previous blogs, they are harmless unless you try and pick them up or you inadvertently tread on them. I have observed them quietly, close up many times and they have never been aggressive towards me. I posted a video last autumn of one hissing a warning to me to keep my distance – so I did!

If you ever suspect your dog has been bitten by a snake, it’s always best to seek veterinary assistance as they will carry an anti-venom, and similarly if yourself or someone you know has been bitten, you should seek medical assistance straight away.

I had my camera out again in the garden and got some great action shots of Ellie trying to catch a rope ball – I think we should title the photo “Bad hair day”

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I’m back on-air this Get Gorgeous weekend featuring some lovely jewellery shows forming part of our Jewellery Month.

Lady Michelle Mone of Mayfair OBE returns on Saturday with her stunning range of Diamonique. If you’re on the look out for some exquisite, stylish designs, I hope you can join us at 1pm.

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Then on Sunday I’m back with Italian designer, Roberto Faraone, and his range of high-end looking pieces at 3pm.

MarlaWynne fashion with the lovely Lesley Ebbets at 10am on Saturday and then celebrating 21 years of premium French spa brand, Decleor, with the delightful Fiona Brackenbury at 2pm on Sunday completes my weekend at The Q. Mrs F loves her Decleor Hydra Floral and always has a pot on hand.

Although I’m not on duty – I’ve got my eye on Friday’s Samsung Ultra HD TV Today’s Special Value – it looks a cracker and with a rather special summer of sport lined up for us this year, the 50 inch screen might be just too good to ignore.

Until next time – stay gorgeous and look twice before picking up that stick!

Dale x


  1. martin forbes May 13, 2016 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

    hi dale hope you and your family are well iam not bad

    • Dale Franklin May 25, 2016 at 12:16 am -  Reply

      Thanks Martin, all good here glad you’re well too :))

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