Tuesday, 20 March 2012

The Bucket List

Everyone has a bucket list these days, right? Well here is mine - the list of things that I'd like to do before I kick the bucket. 

It's an ever-expanding and ever-so-slightly random list of things I would like to achieve, see, do, make and experience in my life. Some of the things on my bucket list should be easy, and it's just a case of me getting myself motivated to get on with them and some will be slightly harder and even impossible, but shoot for the moon and even if you miss you'll land among the stars, or so they say.

1.   Have a book published
2.   Swim with a dolphin
3.   Learn to swim (ahem)
4.   Attend dance classes
5.   Own a pair of sequinned leggings (achieved January 2012)
6.   Read the entire Roald Dahl collection with my daughter
7.   Run a 5k race
6.   Go to a Greek island
7.   Witness the birth of a baby
8.   Go deep-sea fishing
9.   Learn conversational Spanish
10. Learn to play an instrument
11. Go on a cruise
12. See the Northern Lights
13. Visit the Everglades
14. Go to Pompeii
15. Visit Auschwitz
16. Go to Pearl Harbour
17. Grow roses in my garden successfully.
18. Learn to prune fruit trees, properly
19. Have a greenhouse (achieved March 2012)
20. Grow a giant pumpkin
21. Have afternoon tea at a posh venue
22. Own a vintage Fiat 500
23. Fly first class
24. Own some jewellery from Tiffany & Co
25. Buy a telescope and go star-gazing
26. See The Killers live (again) (achieved August 2012 & October2012) 
27. Shake hands with a major Royal Family member
28. Hold a monkey
29. Write a letter to my children now, to be opened on their 18th birthdays, just in case
30. Go to a Michelin star restaurant for dinner
31. Visit Disneyworld at Christmas
32. Have a fish pedicure
33. Cut my hair short
34. Go to a music festival (achieved August 2012)
35. See Phantom of the Opera(achieved August 2013)
36. Take the children camping (achieved June 2012)
37. Visit Hampton Court Palace 
38. Go to Alcatraz
39. Make a really big snowman
40. Make a gingerbread house
41. Have Christmas on the beach
42. Own a holiday home
43. Master the art of contact lenses
44. Eat a footlong sub from Subway
45. Own an iPad (achieved October 2012)
46. Go to a European F1 Grand Prix 
47. Buy a Fortnum & Mason picnic hamper 
48. Start a history degree
49. Take a creative writing course
50. Read all the Harry Potter books
51. Find the PERFECT red dress
52. Climb a mountain
53. Take my son on a steam train (achieved December 2012)
54. Go on a "Jack the Ripper" tour
55. See a meteor shower
56. Find something I am good at
57. Finally move my blog to self-hosted Wordpress
58. Be a member of the audience on a top TV show
59. Create my own family history website
60. Turn all my vinyl into MP3 files (achieved October 2012)
61. Have dinner at the Grand Floridian at Disneyworld
62. Go to a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight display
63. Stand on Chesil Beach with my children
64. Take the children crabbing at Walberswick (achieved May 2013)
65. Visit Bronte country
66. Go cockle-picking in Poole Harbour at sunset
67. Grow my own mistletoe
68. Stay in the hotel on Burgh Island
69. Take my children on a cliff railway
70. Successfully grow a watermelon
71. Meet up with an old friend
72. Buy a VW campervan (achieved April 2012)
73. Amend my will to leave a legacy to RNLI
74. Go to the south of France (achieved August 2013)
75. Make a hot water crust pastry pie
76. See a lamb being born
77. See Les Mis on stage (achieved November 2013)
78. Learn conversational Italian

Clearly this is not an exhaustive list, and it's one I will be constantly adding to. I'll also revisit it from time to time to update it with my progress.

Feel free to share your own bucket lists with me!


  1. WOW!
    That is a long list.....and so full of fun!xx

  2. That's a bucket list and a half. I love a bucket list. Such a good activity, and not just an individual one. It's a great thing to get kids to do when they are bored.

  3. I can help with the Ripper tour one... ;)

  4. I bet this list will get even longer!

    Yes, lots on there to get the children involved.

    And Mme Guillotine, I think I'd much prefer your tour...

  5. Part of me thinks if I did a bucket list I would be setting myself up to fail. Foe me it is all about living in the hear and now

  6. I get that Jen, though if I live completely in the hear and now nothing happens. I find I have to actively plan and MAKE things happen. I'm going to get 15 of those crossed off by end of summer.

  7. Oh I just couldn't do that. It would scare me too much and make me realise how little I have actually achieved! ;)

  8. buy a chloe handbag that i might actually get instead of a fiorelli one, very disappointed i was, boo hoo

  9. Oooh u got a campervan??!!!!!

  10. I did, I did! Well we've not picked it up yet, but we'll get it next week. Exciting!

  11. I live in New Zealand and we have Christmas on the beach every year, you are very welcome to join us sometime, bring your Harry potter books. You can camp out at the same time, take a ride on the steam train and have a picnic at the end of the train ride to eat your subway foot long, and someone at the camp has an amazing telescope which would cross off half of one of your items by gazing at the night sky on a cool summer evening. Hope this helps

  12. Love your list! You know, you can take a Mediterranean cruise which would help you cross off 11, 6 as well as possibly 52 & 14.

    I have some of the same items on my list. I can say that Pearl Harbor is very moving, holding a monkey isn't all it's cracked up to be and the Northern Lights are amazing. The fish pedicure doesn't do much for me :)

    Thanks for sharing.

  13. I love your long list! I recent wrote a blog on this subject, but focused it more on being a "Will Do" List. http://lesley-justsaying.blogspot.com/2012/07/will-do.html Good luck with your list! I will keep checking to see your progress.

  14. We stayed at the Grand Floridian on our honeymoon! I was supposed to be doing something off my bucket list at the weekend - hot air ballooning. But it was cancelled due to the wrong type of wind or something #gutted

  15. I'm with you on your first one. Thats my dream to one day get a book published. Love your blog

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