Busy Bee

Posted in Uncategorized on June 2, 2019 by hrhdaf


So it’s been a crazy busy couple of weeks.  Been packing stuff into my year of fifty. Maybe packing in a bit much cos I went to Leeds to see Mark Knopfler and it was all seated and warm and I actually fell asleep at one point.  Woke up cos everyone was clapping and just joined in.

I think I get an award for worst photo at a gig for this one.  He’s just a faceless blob.


So anyway the Tuesday after that it was all change and got a train down to Manchester to see BlackPink with my son.  He’s a big fan of Kpop and we were both very excited.  I hadn’t been on a train in a very long time and I flippin loved it.  So quick and relaxing.  I think I’m gonna have to have more train rides this year.  The hotel we stayed in was really nice too although the rooms were a bit small.  I had a fab view of Manchester Cathedral from my window.


We had a nice meal and then headed to the arena which was only a couple of minutes walk away.

In my time I’ve been to a lot of gigs, but the audience was utterly mental.  They were screaming their heads off at the videos playing before the band even came on, and when BlackPink appeared in the flesh they lost their shit altogether.

Having said that they were pretty bloody awesome. This cover of Clarity by Zedd was sooooo good.

When we were leaving the next day, we happened to be at Manchester Victoria Station when they held a minutes silence for the victims of the bombing two years earlier.  It was very sad and moving.  There were hearts strung everywhere you turned for you to take home.  The idea being that you wore them and spread a little happiness.  I have big love for Manchester.


So then the following weekend it was time for the This is Tomorrow Festival.  My highlights being Editors and The Vaccines, who have been on my must see list for a while.  Mind you the next day I’d been on my feet so long and danced so much I could barely walk.


Spent the end of this week painting so I’m having a weekend off.  Currently sitting with paint in my hair and ratty nails so I’ll bugger off and get my act together.  😉



What goes on in Manchester Stays in Manchester (unless you blog it)

Posted in Uncategorized on April 5, 2019 by hrhdaf

End of last week I went out for afternoon tea with my folks.  We went to Lumley Castle which is a hop skip and a jump down the road from me.  This was a belated birthday pressie to me.  Basically, when they asked me what I wanted for my birthday I thought a nice afternoon out,  which I knew they’d enjoy too,  would be cool.  The more birthdays you have the harder it is to think of stuff you need.  These days I’d take an experience of some kind over a thing any day.  So anyway we went and had a lovely time.  I drove them there and back.  It was only as we were getting in the car to come home my mam admitted she was having trouble with her seatbelt.  On the way there apparently she’d managed to clip herself in with the dog’s seatbelt.  It’s basically a very short lead that clips into the seatbelt fastener and then the other end has a lobster claw type fastener that goes onto his harness.  How she did this I have no idea, but she said at one point she had it around her neck.  So pretty much the exact opposite of safe.  Gotta love her though and it made me snigger.


So then on Saturday went down to Manchester arena to see Panic! at the disco.  To save time at the bar, we were having pints of vodka and coke which seemed like an awfully good idea at the time.

This lead to the gig being literally one of my all time faves ever. To be fair even without the booze it would have been outstanding, but I’m not sure that I’d have been moved to tears if there wasn’t vodka involved.  When Brendon did Girls/Girls/Boys and the whole arena was a rainbow of lights the whole wonderfulness of it (and the vodka) made me blub and I just kept sniffing “it’s so lovely”.  Yeah… probably need to get a grip.

Oh, and at one point Brendon’s piano was hoisted up over the arena which was pretty amazing too.

So I’ll leave you with a live clip (which I stole off youtube and didn’t take myself).  I still think Brendon Urie has one of the best live voices I’ve seen.


Positively 50.

Posted in Uncategorized on March 21, 2019 by hrhdaf

December last year I turned 50. Had an awesome night out with my girlies, a family do and day in Newcastle drinking and eating and generally having a great time.  I had decided I was bored with my 40s so turning 50 was a marvelous thing.

With this in mind, I made a list of 50 things I want to do this year.  One of them,  was write the occasional blog. So we’re well through March and I’m only just getting round to it but I’m still gonna tick it off my list even if I only do two in the entire year.  I mean I didn’t say how many right?

My list is very random, from teeny things like try advocado toast because everyone says it’s lovely (I hated it) to festivals I wanna go to and that kinda thing.  I already have several ticks but we’re only in March so I still have a way to go.

I wanna keep my blogs bite sized because then I’ll feel more like writing them as random things crop up that are on my mind.

So for this one I’ll just leave a link to a gig I went to recently.  Tiny little Scottish woman with a fab voice.




Dusting off the blog.

Posted in Uncategorized on February 9, 2018 by hrhdaf

So it’s been an age since I wrote anything here.  The poor place is looking sadly neglected and I think there’s a spider’s nest in the corner.  Or it could be snakes,  who really knows the difference.

Last time I was here I posted a photo of my fabulous little puppy.  Well, he’s now a fully grown fella and an absolute handful.  If there could be a dog more polar opposite to my previous little girl, he’s it.  He goes from snuggly to manic in a heartbeat, hates everyone but his closest people to the point he goes utterly feral, and ate half my carpet.

On a good day he looks like this,


And the rest of the time he looks like this


Love the crazy little mutt like mad though.

In other news I’m still writing the horror although not as much as I would like.  Time really does seem to run away from me these days.  My latest offering was this one.


The Scent of Death.

Although I have written a couple of other stories for anthology books (if the publisher ever gets round to publishing them).  It all seems like such a slow process to me.

I had real trouble putting that link there.  When I got back here, admittedly it’s been a while but everything seems to have changed yet again.  All my fabulously dated gifs were gone and I had to rack my brains and sign into photobucket (yep it still exists) to trawl for a couple to replace them.

Anyway,  I would say I’m gonna attempt to be here a bit more but no one would believe me (including me).

Wouldn’t be me if I didn’t leave with a song, so this is my current listen to death song.  Hope everyone out in the ether is doing well.

Hugs Daf



Downs and ups.

Posted in Uncategorized on October 17, 2016 by hrhdaf

So I’ve been meaning to do an update here for over a week but life kinda got in the way.  Recently my very old dog had a stroke, and sadly we had to have her put to sleep.  Anyone who’s been here a while will know how much I doted on her and to say I was devastated is putting it mildly.

I very quickly realised that living in a house without a dog is not for me, and last Tuesday we went and picked up this little bundle of fluff.


He’s currently just under ten weeks old and goes by the rather grandiose name of Harvey Graham Tiberius (because I think it’s funny).

Later today he’s going for his first vaccinations and his microchip, so I’m feeling like a total meany. Not because of the vaccinations but the microchip is a pretty nasty injection.  All for the best though.

He’s so cute I’m getting very little done because I have to stop every five minutes for puppy cuddles.  He’s so cute I just can’t eeeeeven 😉93f971663244633ac6918c6572912ad3

So in other news I recently took part in a writers challenge type thing.  The challenge was to write fantasy. Fantasy is definitely not my thing and I was scratching my head wondering what the hell I was gonna write about when I noticed in the rules I was allowed to write comedy.

This is what I came up with. It may not be the greatest thing ever, but I laughed so much writing it.

Plop’s Great Adventure.




Youtube n stuff.

Posted in Uncategorized on August 20, 2016 by hrhdaf

So I’ve come to the end of my festival season.  Last couple of open air things was Ocean Colour Scene at Times Square in Newcastle and Chase Park Festival.

Got to the Times Square one a bit late, and I have literally never seen so many mingingly drunk people in one place.  The ground was a sea of booze and girls in heels way too high for that kind of thing were falling all over the place.

Ocean Colour Scene however were fantastic. Mind you as we left it was like a broken sunglasses graveyard.  A moment of silence for all the lenses lost that day …..

Then the weekend after that went to Chase Park Festival.  The sun shone and the wine flowed.  Saw Stornoway for the millionth time (but still crazy love them) and also Reverend and the Makers for the first time.  Totally great afternoon.  Afterwards played in the park on the zipline and then went and had an awesome Chinese.  It was a fab way to end festival season.  So now I’m packing away my flowery headband til next year.  Roll on gig season.

Met these guys a few times after gigs and stuff and they’re always so lovely but never cease to amaze me with how great they are live!

So in other news I’ve been expanding my writing.  Wrote a zombie story for a sort of writers challenge someone set us, and that did ok and also wrote a story for a site called ShortScaryStories.  The challenge with that one is that it had to be under 500 words.  It’s a smaller site than nosleep but it seemed to go down really rather well.

Link to original:  https://www.reddit.com/r/shortscarystories/comments/4wpsfp/a_friendly_reminder/

A guy off You Tube asked me if he could narrate it for his channel, although narrate probably isn’t the right word.  He kinda illustrates things.  I really liked what he did with it and to be honest I love the rest of his channel so he’s totally worth checking out.

Had a really great couple of weeks.  I always love the summer holidays because there are a lot more of my friends around (just  cos they’re taking holidays or having time off because they  work in schools).  Had a bit of excitement the other day because someone was attacked outside the pub we were having lunch in.  My car was part of a crime scene for a couple of hours so we just had to stay there.  The hardship.  Eventually the coppers decided my car hadn’t been involved and let it go.

I think that’s enough of a ramble for now so catch you on the flip side (of what I have no idea).

Festivals and Films.

Posted in Uncategorized on July 28, 2016 by hrhdaf

So festival season is in full swing.  Recently went to the Platform Festival at Pocklington.  The absolute highlight had to be Seafret who were amazing! IMG_0818


Headlining was Badly Drawn Boy,  who frankly got way too political for me between songs so we wandered outside for burgers.


At this point there was a bunch of people trying to take down a gazebo that had been the stage for smaller local bands,  they were all getting stuck in the middle of it and I just sat and watched,  slightly drunk on wine,  and laughed my ass off.

So in other news I’ve been contacted by a Romanian film producer about making one of my short stories into a 15 minute film.  His idea is to show it round film festivals with a view to getting it made into a feature length.  While the prospect is very exciting,  I’m not getting my hopes up too much at the moment.  He reckons he’s gonna contact me in a couple of months with a script.  I’d love to see what one of my horrors looks like as a film!