Be Nine Stone!
Have coffee at Central Perk in the Manchester Primark.
Be Nine Stone!
Have coffee at Central Perk in the Manchester Primark.
I’ve wrote my new Bucket List, though I can’t say I’m loving the title! But yes I am now 45 years old and having written a 25 Before 45 Bucket List when I was a mere age 42, I thought I would continue with the bucket listing lark, through the rest of my forties. 🙂
There were a few items on my previous list that I never got round to ticking off, so I have included some of them on here. I would still like to swim in a lido, see the Northern Lights and try a Dutch pancake in Amsterdam. And there are plenty of new ideas too, such as watching a starling murmuration, collecting sea glass from the beach at Seaham in County Durham and eating ice cream in a vintage ice cream parlour. I’m excited to get cracking!
And I’ve already crossed two things off my new Bucket List. I managed to take a photo of a Barn Owl that was hunting in the field next to my sisters house ( wow, they are such beautiful birds) , plus I went to watch a movie in an old vintage cinema , which has definitely made me want to do more of the same in the future. 🙂
My Bucket List.
Watch a film in an old vintage cinema.
Climb ten more Wainwrights.
Eat out at The Witchery in Edinburgh.
Go on a guided wildlife walk.
Swim in a lido.
Walk The Dales Way.
See the Northern Lights.
Try a Dutch Pancake in Amsterdam.
Collect sea glass on Seaham beach.
Stop in four quirky holiday lets.
Go wild camping.
Afternoon Tea at Cloud 23 in Manchester.
Explore more of the Outer Hebrides.
Stay a few days in the Peak District.
Go to the No 6 Festival in Portmeirion.
Photograph a Barn Owl in the wild.
Ride a street car in Lisbon.
Watch a starling murmuration.
Go Ice skating outdoors.
Make an honesty box meal.
Be Nine stone.
Visit Dungeness in Kent.
Eat ice cream in a vintage ice cream parlour.
Cycle round the isle of Cumbrae.
Meet Felix the Huddersfield Railway Cat.
Go for a cream tea at the home of the Yorkshire Shepherdess.
As you can see, I have left a few gaps in my list, in case I think of a few more things I would like to do.
Do you have your own list?
Have you seen or done anything that I have mentioned here? x
So as November is my Birthday month , I thought I had better check on my 25 Before 45 Bucket list progress. Considering I am now almost the grand old age of 45 ( Sob! ), I think I haven’t done to badly with the list. I have managed to cross off 15 out of 25 of the entries I wrote down two and a half years ago. Some I still would like to do and I am sure I will probably write another list soon, and add them to it. But for now , here is how I did.
Learn to crochet. Discovered this isn’t my bag. 😐
A friend and I had a crochet lesson and I just couldn’t master it. Kind of knew I would find it difficult, as I can’t knit either. Imagine me looking quite confused and then thoroughly bored, with my hands tied in woolly knots.
Find a keep Fit Regime I like. Done! I have enjoyed the #walk1000miles challenge and am still continuing. Hopefully 1500 miles this year and maybe 2000 in 2019.
3.Eat a Dutch Pancake in Amsterdam. Haven’t got round to visiting Amsterdam yet. Its definitely somewhere I intend to go for a long weekend.
Photograph a Kingfisher. Done! Got my photo on the river Nidd in Knaresborough. 🙂
5.Make an Honesty Box Meal. Still need to create a meal from produce bought from the side of a country road.
Read To Kill A Mocking Bird. Done! Bought the book from a second hand book shop in Fargo village in Coventry and loved it. I then just had to watch the Gregory Peck film from the 60s and found it to be a great adaptation of the novel.
Watch a Film outdoors . Done! Wil and I Saw a British black comedy called Sightseers at Lowther Castle, under the stars. Sightseers at Lowther Castle~ with Picnic Cinema.
8.See the Northern Lights. Maybe another trip to Iceland beckons. We chased the lights four years ago , with little success. I don’t really need an excuse to revisit !
9.Have a Vintage Make over. I’m not to bothered about this one anymore. Glam is just not me , to be honest. Does a Wham Tribute night , where my friends and I dress up in Eighties style Choose Life T-shirts and tutus count? 😉
10.Swim in a Lido. Well I can’t believe I never got round to swimming in a Lido! Ilkley Lido in Yorkshire is the nearest one to me, so hopefully next Summer……..
Go on a proper picnic with a picnic hamper. Done! Bought a hamper from a charity shop and enjoyed a picnic by the stream in Dunsop Bridge. Unfortunately Hugo took a chomp out of the cake!
12. Be Nine Stone! A-hem, Nope!
13.Stay in a Bothy. Definitely in two minds about this one. The type of bothy I mean is one of the very basic Mountain Bothy Association stone buildings that you find in remote parts of Scotland etc. They are free to stop in, though you might have to share with other hikers. I wrote a post about them called Would you stay in a Bothy? I think I may actually prefer Wild Camping though, as you are zipped up in a tent, and there is no danger of a mouse running up your trouser leg…….
14. Photograph a Barn Owl in the wild. When I wrote this I had actually seen Barn Owls several times. Since then, none at all. 😦
Do a Rail Ale Trail.
Take Part in a sponsored Charity Event . Done! Raised money for the East Lancashire Hospice, whilst walking across Morecambe Bay. The Morecambe Bay Cross Bay Walk.
17. Have Afternoon Tea at Cloud 23. I have really been slacking in the Afternoon Teas department in 2018. Up to press , I haven’t indulged in this very British Institution, all year. I do like the idea of partaking in Afternoon Tea in the clouds though, so Cloud 23 ( at the top of Beetham Tower) your still on my list. 🙂
Enter Hugo in a Doggy Competition.
19. Get Engaged! Haha.
Bathe in a Turkish Baths.
Go trekking with llamas in the lakes. Done! Loved spending time with family and some very cute llamas ~ Llama Trekking in the Lakes. 🙂
xperience a night out down Canal Street . Done! The rainbow village in Manchester, a top night out!
Do the Morecambe Bay Cross Bay Walk With the Queen’s Official Guide.
Visit the new Cat Cafe in Manchester. 25. Cook a proper Sunday Roast Lunch ( I almost never cook!). Done! I know its a shocker that up until my 45th year, I had never made a roast dinner. Please don’t judge me. ;). Thanks Wil for overseeing my attempt at Sunday lunch. Yes I did cheat somewhat as I bought ready made gravy, Yorkshire puds and a tray of pre prepared veg to roast. But It still counts….I hope. 🙂
What would you put on your Bucket List?
The first few days of 2018 have been a bit of a wash-out. Its rained alot here in Clitheroe, plus I started the year with a stinker of a cold. 😦 Happily I felt much better by the weekend ,so I have decided to start the New Year with a New Challenge! Inspired by fellow blogger Christine
, I signed up to the #walk1000miles challenge organised by Country Walking Magazine. Walking 1000 miles in twelve months seems like a HUGE thing, but actually it’s pretty do-able, if you split it into sections. Walking 3 miles a day, every day would mean that I’d complete the challenge easily. I have joined the #walk1000miles facebook group for tips and friendly advice. Should be fun!
Weekends are definitely the best time for a good yomp around the countryside. On Saturday Wil, Hugo and I walked from Clitheroe to Mitton and back via Standen Hey. We stopped for a coffee at The Aspinall Arms, and because it was morning, we were the only customers, and got to sit next to a roaring fire. 🙂
Yesterday dawned one of those gorgeous clear frosty days. Ideal walking weather! In the afternoon we visited my sister and her family in Cowark and walked the 3 miles to nearby Whitewell. Another Country Inn beckoned before we headed back through the beautiful Forest of Bowland countryside.
I’m proud to say those two walks, plus shorter weekday dog walks as well as walking to work and back everyday, added up to 26.5 miles. So I am well on target! I am using the Samsung Health App on my phone to record the distance, thanks to Christine’s suggestion. 🙂
Another challenge for 2018 is to cross off a few more entries on my 25 Before 45 Bucket List which I wrote a couple of years ago. I don’t think I will manage to cross everything off, as I will be 45 this year. Big eeeek! I’m not sure where time goes. The photo above captures a few things I have done since starting the List ~ Morecambe Bay Cross Bay Walk, Photograph a Kingfisher, Harrogate Turkish Baths, Hugo in a dog show, Llama Trekking and East Lancs Rail Ale Trail.
Still to do include ~ Swim in a Lido, stay in a bothie, see the Northern Lights, Learn to crochet, Make an Honesty Box Meal and have Afternoon Tea at Cloud 23 in Manchester. Wish me luck!
Have you set yourself any challenges for 2018?
Last year I started my 25 Before 45 Bucket List and although progress is quite slow, I have at least achieved a few things on it ! Whilst I have not yet learned to crochet, swum in a Lido or watched a Film Outdoors, I have managed to Trek With Llamas in the Lake District, Picnic on a Village Green with my old-fashioned Picnic Hamper ( Not very successfully, Hugo ate the cake ! ), do a Rail Ale Trail Tour on the East Lancs Railway and take part in The Morecambe Bay Cross Bay Walk led by the Queen’s Official Guide, Cedric Robinson. I have just under 2 years to complete the list, so hopefully in 2017 I will make a sizeable chunk in it. Wish me Luck!
And now for a bit of Blog love. Here are some links to posts I have enjoyed reading in January. X
Lisa knows where to get warm in the winter. Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens of course!
Leah shares a wonderful Insiders Guide To Malta. 🙂
Snow Day and an Excited Pup on Loving Life In Wellies. So cute!
Em has a delicious recipe for an Amaretto & Apple Juice Cocktail. Looks and sounds heavenly. 🙂
Polly has only gone and had a baby. Congrats Polly. 🙂
Christine has been accidentally bagging Wainwrights in the Lake District.
Fancy making Memory Jam ? Head on over to Cultivating Time.
Laura has wrote a lovely post about her Favourite travel companion. 🙂
Gregson the dog has found out that Margate is a very pet-friendly town. ^^
Thanks for Visiting!
I thought I would get in the mood for Autumn, and the best way for me to do that, is to make a list of course! Enjoy. 🙂
1. Go for a woodland walk and admire the changing colours.
2. Refill your hanging baskets with Autumn favourites such as pansies, cyclamen and Ivy.
3. Fill your home with the scents of Autumn. Add cinnamon sticks,orange rind,whole cloves and bay leaves to water and simmer on the stove.
4. Go Blackberry picking and make a lovely crumble.
5. Autumn is the perfect time to get cosy on an Autumn Glamping Break. How about staying in a colourful Shepherd’s Hut in the Lakes, a luxurious Safari Tent in the Trough of Bowland or a beautiful Showman’s Wagon in Cornwall.
6. Curl up with some Autumnal Poetry , such as Emily Bronte’s Fall, Leaves Fall.
7. Dust off the Slow Cooker and make some simple hearty stews.
8. Grab the girls and head out to the movies to see Bridget Jones Baby or A street Cat Named Bob. 🙂
9. Bring Nature indoors and decorate your Mantel Piece with leaves and fruits.
10. Rent a good gothic movie. How about Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak or Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow.
11. Jump in a big pile of leaves. 🙂
12. Fill a vase with colourful orange and gold blooms such as dahlias, crysanthemums and chinese lanterns.
13. Grab cosy blankets, a camping stove, and toast marshmallows with friends.
14. Learn to crochet. I really need to do this!
15. Join in the fun at your local Apple Pressing Day.
16. Explore your local town on a spooky Ghost Walk.
17. Look out for an Autumn Themed Afternoon Tea to try out, or create your own..
18. Collect sloes and make boozy Sloe Gin.
19. Practice your Apple Bobbin skills. 🙂
20. Get your mitts around a warming Pumpkin Spiced Latte.
What would you add to the list? X
I quite forgot that at the beginning of the year I wrote myself a Bucket List ! It’s been sat in my bedside drawer for nearly six months now. Now I’ve rediscovered it, I thought I would put it up on the blog. This might help me get a wiggle on. 🙂
Learn to crochet. Discovered this isn’t my bag.
Find a keep Fit Regime I like. I have enjoyed the #walk1000miles challenge and am still continuing. Hopefully 1500 miles this year and maybe 2000 in 2019.
3.Eat a Dutch Pancake in Amsterdam.
Photograph a Kingfisher. Got my photo on the river Nidd in Knaresborough. 🙂
5.Make an Honesty Box Meal.
Read To Kill A Mocking Bird. Bought the book in Fargo village in Coventry and loved both the book and the film.
Watch a Film outdoors. Saw Sightseers at Lowther Castle under the stars. Sightseers at Lowther Castle~ with Picnic Cinema.
8.See the Northern Lights.
9.Have a Vintage Make over.
10.Swim in a Lido.
Go on a proper picnic with a picnic hamper. Bought a hamper from a charity shop and enjoyed a picnic in Dunsop Bridge. Unfortunately Hugo took a chomp out of the cake!
12. Be Nine Stone!
13.Stay in a Bothy.
14. Photograph a Barn Owl in the wild.
Do a Rail Ale Trail. The East Lancs Rail Ale Trail from Bury to Rawtenstall. All Aboard for a Rail Ale Trail Tour.
Take Part in a sponsored Charity Event. Raised money for the East Lancs Hospice, whilst walking across Morecambe Bay. The Morecambe Bay Cross Bay Walk.
17. Have Afternoon Tea at Cloud 23.
Enter Hugo in a Doggy Competition. Done!
19. Get Engaged!
Bathe in a Turkish Baths. The Turkish Baths in Harrogate, what a relaxing and fun experience. 🙂
Go trekking with llamas in the lakes. Yes, loved this with family ~ Llama Trekking in the Lakes. 🙂
xperience a night out down Canal Street. The rainbow village in Manchester, a top night out!
Do the Morecambe Bay Cross Bay Walk With the Queen’s Official Guide. Done! See number 15.
Visit the new Cat Cafe in Manchester. My friend Lisa and I spent some quality time eating cake and stroking cute kitties.
25. Cook a proper Sunday Roast Lunch ( I almost never cook!).
So there you have it. I’ve actually managed three already this year, which is a good start. I’ve read To Kill a Mockingbird and it was as good as everyone said, I went on a night out down Canal Street with some work mates ( Interesting!) and Wil and I thoroughly enjoyed The East Lancs Rail Ale Trail Tour from Bury to Rawtenstall. This gives me two and a half years to attempt the rest.Maybe I should book that Llama trek. 🙂
What’s on your Bucket list??
I have not really made any New Years Resolutions for a few years, so I thought 2015 may be the time to start. I will write a Bucket List of a few things I would like to do this year…… and see how many I can cross off. Sounds like a plan!
Learn how to use my new camera properly. I’m terrible at skimming over instructions and not using things to their full potential.
Photograph that elusive kingfisher. I see them so often, it drives me mad that I still don’t have any photographic proof. Patience….and my new camera should help this year!
Pack my beautiful vintage suitcase for a mini break with the other half. Poor old thing ( suitcase that is 😉 ) hasn’t been anywhere yet.
Eat healthier and yes lose weight. The past year ( I blame my penchant for tea rooms and cake , and blogging about tea rooms and cake) I have gained over a stone. Not funny when your a shorty and the wrong side of forty. sob. 😦
Make a meal from produce bought on roadside stalls/honesty boxes/farms. Might be something to try if we go camping.
Go glamping! Never mind Camping. Might be nice to go upmarket for a change. Could take Vintage suitcase….
Decorate the spare room. Its a very uninspiring box room at the moment and is used for drying laundry/general dumping ground.Maybe we can
turn it into a beach hut. 🙂
Visit London.Its been a while.
Watch an outdoor screening of a film.
Read twelve books. I hardly read anymore so I think one book per month would be quite a challenge.Any recommendations?
Wish me luck. What would be on your Bucket List?
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