I found one of my old Bucket List Note Books today, some things I have put in there I have completely forgotten about – which is one of the reasons why I put them in there in the first place, because I was afraid I’d forget about them. In particular places I’ve seen on TV or in magazines that look interesting to go to.
I haven’t dreamt big for a long time, these are things I thought were attainable within 5 to 10yrs, but after our money cutbacks and the UK’s heat or eat crisis, even half of these look like a never thing now.
Over the past 13yrs I’ve seen our weekly budget cut like this £200 a week, £120, £80, £50, £40 we can’t survive another cut, which is predicted by the government in the UK in February 2023.
Such as going to Efteling theme park in Amsterdam in a place called Kaalsheuval – would never have remembered that in a million years! I haven’t seen it advertised since the program I watched in 2018 showing it!
I may or may not ever do this – get a tattoo of a specific design I have in mind of a raven on my upper left shoulder or shoulder blade.
Grow the meconopsis (Himalayan blue poppy) from seed successfully, they are notoriously hard to grow and I have failed twice so far – but I may not grow it after all.
Go Christmas shopping in New York, that’s been on my bucket list since I was 8yrs old, only when I was 8yrs old I didn’t know what a bucket list was!
Go to New York’s Serendipity 3 and order their famous Opulent Sundae.
Go to Ireland, particular the areas Cork, Leinster and Roscommon, where some of the Irish ancestors came from – for example, one set of my ancestors was a Duke of Leinster (via a 6x great grandmother’s maiden name FitzGerald) and my great grandpa came from Roscommon.
Go to a huge water park, I love water parks – I haven’t been to one since I was 10yrs old, one of my cousins used to take me annually from 4yrs old till I was 10yrs old but then it stopped when she moved too far. I only like the kind of water parks that let adults on the slides too! I am a big kid!
Take Henry to the London Dungeons with me, I love that place!
Grow a Japanese acer, they’re so pretty!
Grow a cherry tree from seed to harvest!
Publish a novel.
Get a huge house with 4+ acres of land! Actually I think the acreage is too small now, I have bigger plans for the garden and making a sustainable food forest type home with some animals like goats etc. So now my minimal acreage is around 10 acres now.
Make my art project Kabbalah – it’s a woodwork project I have in mind based on the Kabbalah!
Make mosaic planters.
Home make my own garden paving slabs!
Create a large swimming pond, not pool, pond, I want it to be natural… I also want a proper pool too, but there you go. Hey, I was a kid who loved catching frogs and caring for frog spawn, what do you expect?
Build a rockery/alpine garden.
Go to the Chelsea flower show.
Go to Crufts as a competitor with my dogs… I want to do best of breed but also agility and fly ball at some stage.
Breed a pair of dogs and keep their bloodline for generations, 1 pup from each generation.
Take a cruise on the river Danube.
Have a minimum of 5 children – still wanting that! I have 1 so far, I need 4 more or I will get grumpy.
Go to the Jurassic coast and look for fossils and amber and generally do some rock pooling or something.
Go to Whipsnade zoo with Henry.
Own some chickens – buff Orpington’s.
Own some goats.
Make an insect hotel.
Go camping with my family.
Go to the Natural History museum with Henry.
Go to the science museum with Henry.
Go to a musical theatre with Henry.
Go to the London aquarium with Henry.
Go on the London Eye.
Go into the tower of London.
Touch a real live, raven.
Have a 6ft aquarium again and decorate it myself.
Build a large hamster city.
Grow Hollyhocks from seed.
Grow and harvest several gourd varieties at once for an excellent autumn photo shoot!
Get a GCSE in math.
Go to a fetish club, never actually been to one, Paul has promised over the years but never got around to it.
Go to a jazz club.
Go to a cocktail bar.
Go to an Italian restaurant that isn’t run by my family!
Go to France and buy macarons.
Go to Hungary and eat proper goulash in a restaurant – I know how to make it, but I want the real stuff!
Make ratatouille for my family.
Home make vegetable soup for Henry – he’s never had it as we could never afford to make it since he was 3yrs old.
Home make onion soup for someone again
Get my ears pierced again as my mother did a bodge job when I was 5!
Go to the day of the dead celebrations.
Go to the Notting Hill carnival.
Go to Mardi Gras.
Grow oyster mushrooms
Make Barbie clothes for a little girl’s doll – preferably a daughter.
Get Cubase back
Compose and sell my own music and lyrics
Make a close circle of Bohemian friends.
Go to Rutland garden centre
Have a jewellery vault like Scrooge McDuck and sit in there like a guarding dragon! Yes, I know materialism is a bad fantasy, but I’ve always wanted this since I was a kid and I saw Scrooge McDuck and then I saw dragons guarding hoards of treasure and I like magpies and I like shinies… But knowing me it will all be what my gran calls “a lot of your cheap costume jewellery crap”! But it makes you feel like you have a big hoard! They are still shiny, even if they are mostly fake, no? Another thing about this is, I care for jewellery – so I am hardly going to throw it on the floor of the vault and swim on it. In any case, they’d be in glass boxes and easily visible in good lighting like a mini jewellery museum, if I had my way! Weird thing is, other than bangles and finger rings, I don’t like wearing jewellery outside of special occasions.
Become fluent in 5 languages before I am 80yrs old!
Become fluent in Italian
Become fluent in French
Become fluent in Hebrew
Become fluent in German
Become fluent in Japanese
Learn the tango and the paso doble with a sexy virile man who’d be my husband, because in my best reality I’d have a husband who loves that sort of thing!
Have a hot stone massage
Go for a reiki session
Go to a sauna
Be a regular donator of the shoebox appeal, if I was ever a rich woman I can see me doing hundreds of these boxes at Christmas, I just love kids! Up until our money got cut badly, I used to do 3 a year.
Have a Indian head massage
Go to the arctic to see wild arctic life, in particular foxes.
Adopt a couple of rescue donkeys
Go to Christmas pantomimes with Henry
Go on the world’s longest zip wire
Go to a Centre Parcs holiday
Go on a huge shopping spree offline – I haven’t had one in ages… the last best offline shopping spree I did was £200 for Christmas 2016 and before that it was a £300 clothing only shopping spree in 2010 after I lost 40llbs when Henry was born. Big contrast to my life before Henry, where £900 a month was a regular treat! I am way over due for retail therapy.
Buy the latest console with a good set of games!
Go to India with Henry.
Go to Dollyworld with Henry.
Go and swim with the sea turtles with Henry!
Join the women’s institute – used to think I’d like it.
Meeting a huge bunch of celebrities was on my list, too long to mention everyone!
Take up amateur dramatics again.
Become more active in my party… I’m a member of the labour party and since becoming sick I’ve been inactive – meaning I don’t attend meetings etc. in the village hall anymore and I miss it.
Make sock puppets again
Make puppets for charity
I love Debenham store’s and really wanted to go to one at Christmas with Henry to the biggest one in the UK, but they’ve gone bust as a brand since this list was made!
Go to Hamleys.
Go on the flying Scotsman
Go to a New Year’s Eve party, haven’t been to one since I was 6yrs old!
Go to a Christmas Party, never been to one.
Go to a German Christmas market.
Have an annual un-birthday party – huge fan of Alice in Wonderland, can you tell yet?
Go to the Eden project.
Go to a beach and find fairy glass.
Walk Offas Dike
Walk the entire length of the river Severn as a holiday.
Go to an encounter group
Become proficient in playing the recorder and then moving onto clarinet and saxophone.
Start a YouTube channel
Do a TedTalk, but not sure on what yet lol
Go to the last night of the proms! BBC proms.
Go shopping in Ross on Wye
Go shopping at Hammersmith again
Go to the Carpathian foothills
Go to Venice for a masquerade and buy lots of Venetian glass and masks!
Go shopping at Covent Garden
Learn to roller-skate!
Learn how to ride a bike!
Holiday on a barge
Party for 3 days on a yacht with a pool!
Go to Styal Woods Wilmslow Cheshire
Go to the Chonqing caves
Go to the Northern Italy black sands caves
Go to Aveline’s Hole – another cave
Go to the Naha suicide tunnels
Go and see the Cheddar Man
Go to Salina Turda Romainia
Go to the Terezia mines in Romainia
Follow the source of the river of Timavo
Go to the Ardia event in Sardinia
Go to a gay pride event
Visit the Karst of canin river and mist forest
Go to the Benin underground city of the Agoji
Go and hear the glaciers sing in Knud Ramussen
Go to Dolly’s desserts in Barnsley
Go to M&M world
Go to China town London
Have cream tea at Fortnum and Mason
Cream tea at the Ritz
Go to American Candyland London
Buy Gucci stuff
Buy Moschino stuff
Buy a Penthouse in London and another in New York or maybe a house in the Hamptons
Go to Duke’s donut shop in Headingley Leeds
Buy Florentine Marble paper
Be on the front cover of Vogue magazine – but I have to get over the fact I am scared of fame first huh?
Start several types of businesses, I have a lot of ideas, but I know it can only be done in baby steps if I want them all to succeed!
Sell merchandise based on my art and stories!
Buy back an ancestral home that’s been turned into a hotel, there’s a handful actually!
Paint with gold leaf
Go to a Holi event – Indian paint throwing
Lose weight and tone up!
Learn to trust and be happy and relaxed!
Thanks for reading!