bucket listDo you have a Bucket List?

It’s funny, a few years ago I found a bucket list I had created about 10 years earlier and to my amazement, I had achieved over 70% of what was on the list!  …even though I think I probably just wrote it, pondered it for a day or two and then put it in a notebook, not to be seen again for a decade…

So, here is my updated bucket list (and some other cool things I’ve done) with items already completed with strike-through and in italics.

Btw – I regularly add to this bucket list with cool things I come across that I want to do; places I have been, things I have experienced and soooo much more – and strike off things as I complete them, so feel free to check back from time to time…

I hope this list inspires you to create your bucket list!  (and the items in italics that are greyed out are items I have already achieved and crossed off!)

  1. Achieve over 50,000 Followers on Twitter (it’s down to around 37K now, and it was a wonderful experience building the following – it’s interesting that once I stopped actively building, the ‘fluff’ fell off and the ones that remain are constant, loyal followers)
  2. Acropolis, Greece
  3. Acton Scott working farm, Shropshire UK
  4. Adopt a Kepler Planetary System – the Pale Blue Dot Project (White Dwarf Research) is a non-profit organisation of professional astronomers that raises research funds for the Kepler Asteroseismic Science Consortium – adopting a Kepler Star or Planetary System helps support their research
  5. Adopt a Rescue Dog
  6. A la Ronde, Devon, UK
  7. Alien – Meet a highly-evolved and loving Extra-terrestrial Alien   
  8. All events in the ‘English Season’ UK > Cartier International Polo (July), Chelsea Flower Show (May), Cheltenham Gold Cup Festival (March), Cowes Week (August), Epsom Derby (June), Formula 1 British Grand Prix (July), Goodwood Festival of Speed (June/July), Glorious Goodwood (August), Glyndebourne Opera Festival (May-August), Henley Royal Regatta (June), Last Night of the Proms (September), Louis Vuitton Classic (June), Royal Ascot (June), The Boat Race (March/April), The Grand National (April), The Queen’s Club Aegon Tennis Championship (June), Wimbledon (June).
  9. Amalfi Coast
  10. Angel Oak
  11. Antebellum Homes – I have actually visited just about every antebellum (pre-Civil War) home of significance in America
  12. Arabia Steamboat Museum (the largest single collection of pre-Civil War artifacts in the world)
  13. Area 51 – to the heavily-guarded border thereof – and you can also watch the unmarked Area 51 planes (or Janet flights, so-named for their Janet call sign) taking off and landing at McCarran Airport, Las Vegas
  14. Arrive by Helicopter
  15. Arrive by Sea Plane
  16. Ashford Castle, Ireland
  17. Aspen
  18. Atalaya Castle
  19. Ate squirrel and rabbit gumbo (where both critters were shot on the same premises they were cooked and eaten – certainly an ‘interesting’ experience but not one I recommend! (for you or the squirrel!))
  20. Athens, Greece
  21. Attend a Cirque de Soleil show in Vegas
  22. Attend a Polo Match
  23. Attend a Rodeo
  24. Attend all three Triple Crown events UK – Private Box
  25. Attend an Eagles concert – when all original band members were still alive
  26. Attend an Event with International Heads of State
  27. Attend an international basketball game
  28. Attend an international soccer match
  29. Attend a ‘State of Origin’ match
  30. Attend College Football Game (LSU @ Tiger Stadium) & Tail-gating
  31. Attend International Surfing Competitions (not as a competitor!)
  32. Attend Invitation-Only Winemaker’s Dinner
  33. Attend Private Event in US House of Representatives
  34. Attend Revolutionary & Civil War Re-Enactments
  35. Attend the Opera in a Private Box
  36. Attend Zulu Lundi Gras
  37. Attend Renaissance Festival
  38. Attended a Louisiana Cajun Boucherie
  39. Attended an international IndyCar race – the sound is truly awesome, like giant mosquitoes whose buzz you can feel in every fibre of your being
  40. Australian Outback
  41. Austria
  42. Avebury, Wiltshire UK
  43. Bagni Wildbad Thermal Bath Resort Ruins – Innichin, Italy
  44. Ballindalloch Distillery, Scotland, UK
  45. Bath Abbey, UK
  46. Battle Abbey
  47. Battle of Hastings (1066) 950th anniversary on the site of the battle (this was SO cool!
  48. Beach landing in an aircraft – flying from Glasgow or Benbecula to Barra, Scotland, UK (and the landing strip (aka the beach!) actually disappears twice per day due to tides!)
  49. Be a Ghost-Writer
  50. Beaumaris Castle, Isle of Anglesey, Wales
  51. Become independently wealthy
  52. Be honorable, respectful and a good steward of the blessings bestowed upon me
  53. Bekonscot Model Village, Beaconsfield UK
  54. Berry Pomeroy Castle, Devon UK
  55. Be the voice for an animated feature film
  56. Been on stage with Jay Leno
  57. Biltmore
  58. Birdoswald Trail along Hadrian’s Wall, UK
  59. Blaise Castle, Bristol UK
  60. Blarney Castle, Ireland
  61. Blenheim Palace, UK
  62. Blists Hill Victorian Town, Shropshire, UK
  63. Blue Caves, Zakynthos Islands, Greece
  64. Blue Ridge Mountains, USA
  65. Boat License
  66. Bonfire on the Beach
  67. Bodiam Castle, East Sussex, UK
  68. Boston, USA
  69. Bought a quality western cowboy (or should that be cowgirl) hat and had it custom-fitted (I love bespoke experiences like that!)
  70. Bowl a 200+ game
  71. Braemar Gathering
  72. Brasov, Romania
  73. Brewed Beer
  74. Brighton, England
  75. Bring a Stranger Home for Dinner
  76. Brooklyn Bridge
  77. Brunel Museum, London UK
  78. Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Bristol, UK
  79. Buchanan Castle, Scotland UK
  80. Bucharest, Romania
  81. Buckfast Abbey, Devon UK
  82. Buckingham Palace, UK
  83. Build a Blanket Fort (with multiple rooms, of course!
  84. Build a Labyrinth
  85. Build a smart-phone app (several)
  86. Build a Snowman
  87. Build a Clock
  88. Build a Water Feature
  89. Build several businesses (some were successes – some were monumental failures – although thankfully there were more of the former than the latter!)
  90. Build Websites
  91. Butterfly Park in Kuala Lumpur
  92. Buy jewellery at Tiffany & Co.
  93. Buy something at an Auction
  94. Cambridge University, UK
  95. Camden Market, London UK
  96. Camera Obscura, Scotland UK
  97. Camping By Myself – beside a lake… it was magical!
  98. Canada
  99. Canal Boat Trips through UK and Europe
  100. Canal De Corinto, Greece
  101. Cannes Film Festival – with one of my films entered
  102. Cape Cod USA
  103. Carnac Stones, France
  104. Castell Coch, Wales UK
  105. Catalina Island
  106. Change clothes in an old red phone booth
  107. Channel Islands, UK
  108. Charleston, South Carolina – one of my favorite places on the planet
  109. Chateau de Chenonceau, Loire Valley, France
  110. Chateau Montelena, USA
  111. Chateau Rhinafa, Wales UK
  112. Chatsworth House, Derbyshire UK
  113. Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel (with a vintage rail carriage as my state room)
  114. Cheddar Cave, Somerset, UK
  115. Chetham’s Library, Manchester UK
  116. Chopsticks – I can use them, but it’s not pretty!  LOL!
  117. Christmas Caroling
  118. Churn Butter By Hand
  119. Civil Rights Museum in Lorraine Hotel
  120. Clambake
  121. Claridge’s – stay there as my regular base in London UK
  122. Classic Car Rallies and Concours events
  123. Climbed all 272 steps of the Batu Cave Temple in Malaysia (complete with an army of macaque monkeys ‘helping’ every step of the way)
  124. Co-Host Drive Time on Major Commercial Radio Station
  125. Coliseum (this place was AWEsome in every sense of the word!
  126. Competition Ballroom Dancing (as a teenager, and won two awards)
  127. Concours of Elegance, UK
  128. Coney Island, USA
  129. Conquered fear of Public Speaking (and a good thing, too, given that I chose to go into the field of media and entertainment!)
  130. Contact one or more of my heroes – I sent a copy of Quantum Lace Book One to two of my heroes – Lord Julian Fellowes and Reverend Lionel Fanthorpe – and both emailed me back with very positive comments!
  131. Contact someone I don’t know who also has my name
  132. Continually improve my diction and enunciation
  133. Continually Learn about Quantum Physics
  134. Continue to explore my ancestry, including visiting places from which they originated
  135. Continue to facilitate inspiring events…
  136. Continue to make a difference and help people achieve their dreams…
  137. Continue to regularly attend exhibitions at the Smithsonian, USA
  138. Cook and eat a fish I caught (but no, I didn’t clean it!)
  139. Coral Castle, Florida USA
  140. Cotswold Olimpick Games, Gloucestershire, UK (June)
  141. Crack a Whip
  142. Crater Lake
  143. Create My Own Family Crest
  144. Crooked House Pub, Dudley, UK
  145. Cross the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in a canal boat
  146. Cruise the Crinan Canal on The Clyde Puffer – VIC 32 – Crinan, Argyll, Scotland – UK
  147. Crystal Cave, Vatnajökull, Iceland
  148. Cuddle a Koala
  149. Daily continue to see the beauty, give and receive love, enjoy the bliss and be thankful to God…
  150. Daily Full-page “Life with Leigh” series in Major Metro Newspaper
  151. Daily Successfully manage several health and mobility ‘challenges’ that sometimes slow me down but never stop me from doing something I reeeeeeally want to do…
  152. Danced/Played the giant piano in FAO Swartz in New York
  153. Dartmouth Royal Regatta (August) UK
  154. Death Valley, USA
  155. Debrett’s Quintessentially British Programme UK
  156. Debutante Ball – yes, I was actually a debutante when I was a teenager and attended my debutante ball, complete with long white dress, dashing partner… It was magical
  157. Dennis Severs’ House, London UK
  158. Develop a fictional character I love and publish stories about her journeys (click here to meet Bridgit!)
  159. Develop a range of inspirational books, journals, items etc from my photography
  160. Develop/achieve my ideal body – fit, healthy, flexible, and sexy
  161. Difference Engine – Babbage’s prototype computer – London, UK
  162. Dined at the Boat House in Central Park
  163. Discover my signature perfume
  164. Disneyland, USA
  165. Dive on “Christ of the Abyss” off San Fruttuoso, Italian Riveria – Italy
  166. Do my own gel nails – such a fabulous treat, especially when globe-trotting and not needing to find a salon!
  167. “Do or do not – there is no try”  Yoda
  168. Do several ‘staycations’ where you stay in a hotel in your city and be a tourist in your own town
  169. Do something ‘big’ completely on faith
  170. Donate Blood
  171. Don’t talk to/with anyone for an entire three-day long weekend
  172. Dover Castle, UK
  173. Dracula’s Castle in Romania
  174. Drink milk/juice from a fresh coconut
  175. Drink more water!  
  176. Drive across the Golden Gate Bridge
  177. Drive Across the USA Coast to Coast and Top to Bottom (several times)
  178. Drive entire length of Historic Route 1 / Hwy 101 from Mexico to Canada
  179. Drive in Celebrity Speedway Race
  180. Dropped 75lb after putting it on during an illness (still have more to drop and am not yet back to my normal size, but every day I get closer!)
  181. Dubai
  182. Dún Aonghasa, Galway Ireland
  183. Durdle Door, Dorset, UK
  184. Dursey Island cable car, Cork Ireland
  185. Duxford Airshow, UK
  186. Easter Island
  187. Eat a a Michelin award-winning restaurant (several!)
  188. Eat at a revolving restaurant
  189. Eat Crocodile
  190. Eat Fried Grasshopper
  191. Eat Kangaroo
  192. Eat Philly Cheesesteak in Philadelphia
  193. Eat possibly the world’s best Lobster Slider – Plymouth (near ‘the rock’)
  194. Edgar Cayce Museum, USA
  195. Edinburgh Castle, UK
  196. Edinburgh Military Tattoo, UK
  197. Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland UK
  198. Elvis Presley Aircraft Museum
  199. Email someone I admire – I emailed Professor Fred Alan Wolf (one of the world’s best-known quantum physicists) with the first chapter of my Quantum Lace series asking for his feedback on whether my physics was sound – and he replied with a wonderful message in the affirmative! 
  200. Emergency Paramedic Ride-a-long
  201. English Riviera – Torquay, Devon
  202. Entertain elderly people at a nursing home
  203. Etiquette – continually improve my knowledge and application thereof
  204. Experience a Real White Christmas
  205. Experience a tornado
  206. Explore a Completely Uninhabited Ghost Town
  207. Explore an abandoned amusement park
  208. Experience Chinese Cupping Therapy
  209. Fairy Glen – Uig, Isle of Skye, Scotland UK
  210. Fairy Penguins on Phillip Island
  211. Fairy Pools in Scotland UK (https://wowscotlandtours.com/tours-from-inverness/private-day-tours-inverness/private-fairy-pools-tour/)
  212. Fairy Rock, Whitehaven UK
  213. Fan Bay Deep Shelter, Dover UK
  214. Faery Circles in Ireland
  215. ‘Fellsman’ Steam Train – Settle to Carlisle + classic coach + historic steamer on Ullswater Lake (http://statesmanrail.com/fellsman.html)
  216. Finch Foundry, Devon UK
  217. Find and purchase a copy of the original book, “The Making of Star Trek”
  218. Find True, Pure, Blissful Joy in pretty much every moment…
  219. Fingal’s Cave, Scotland UK
  220. First-Class Overnight Train Trip from Vienna to Rome
  221. Fishbourne Roman Palace, West Sussex, UK
  222. Fishbowl Margarita in El Paso
  223. Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, Iceland
  224. Fly a Plane
  225. Fly in a helicopter
  226. Fly in a Spitfire over the English Channel – Goodwood – UK
  227. Fly Internationally First Class
  228. Forbidden Corner, Coverham UK
  229. Forgive and move on
  230. Fort George, Scotland UK
  231. Fort Sumter – the official start of the American Civil War
  232. Fossick for Thunder Eggs on Tamborine Mountain
  233. Fota Wildlife Park, Ireland
  234. Fountains Abbey, UK
  235. Four-wheeling over monster sand-dunes
  236. Foyle’s War – have been to almost every place this series was filmed
  237. French Channel Islands – Chausey Islands, France
  238. French Quarter in New Orleans
  239. Front-row-center at Don McLean concert
  240. Fundraising for various causes
  241. Galloway Forest Park, the only Dark Sky Park in Scotland – and hopefully even see the Northern Lights! UK
  242. Gaping Gill, North Yorkshire UK
  243. Get caught in a dust storm with zero visibility (Ok, so not something I planned, but experience worthy of the list)
  244. Giant’s Causeway, Ireland
  245. Gleniff Horseshoe, Ireland
  246. Glow Worm cave
  247. Golden Hind Ship, Brixham UK
  248. Goodwood Revival Classic Car Race UK
  249. Go on a Blind Date – and it ended up being to a Rolling Stones concert!
  250. Go on a Cruise
  251. Go on a Hay Ride
  252. Go on a news fast – unless I have been a captive audience somewhere like a salon where a television has been directly in front of me, I have not watched the news nor read a newspaper since 2007!  If something happens I need to know about, someone is bound to tell me
  253. Gorgeous collection of Jewellery, Shoes, Handbags & Accessories
  254. Graceland
  255. Grand Canyon
  256. Grand Central Station
  257. Grand Ole Opry, USA
  258. Great Orme Tramway, Wales UK (March – October)
  259. Greece
  260. Greek Islands
  261. Grow all my own vegetables in my very own vegetable garden!
  262. Guest Soloist with Sydney Conservatory Choir
  263. Hadrian’s Wall, UK
  264. Haggle at an Asian Market
  265. Hand-carved, crafted and created a marionette
  266. Harris Tweed – visit one of the homes where they make the tweed, and purchase a garment – Outer Hebrides, Scotland UK
  267. Hastings Bonfire
  268. Hastings Castle
  269. Have an old-fashioned, physically posted letters pen-pal (his name was Sang Guy Lee and he was from South Korea)
  270. Have dinner, drinks and/or work with on an inspiring project (in no particular order) – HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York ~ Sarah, Duchess of York ~ Dick Van Dyke ~ Sir Patrick Stewart ~ Stephen Fry ~ Christopher Plummer ~ Robert Redford ~ Barry Meguiar ~ Lord Julian Fellowes ~ Gerard Butler ~ Robert Osborne ~ Dame Judy Dench ~ Colin Firth ~ Dame Maggie Smith ~ Dr Fred Alan Wolf ~ Dr Leonard Susskind ~ Dr Brian Greene ~ Michael Caine ~ Donald Sutherland ~ Joel Osteen ~ Hugh Bonneville ~ George Noory ~ Peter Diamandis ~ Ina Garten ~ Nigella Lawson ~ Lee Strobel ~ Oprah Winfrey ~ Blake Shelton ~ Gwen Stefani ~ Tom Hanks ~ Drew Barrymore ~ Clint Eastwood ~ George Clooney ~ Jeff Goldblum ~ Michael J Fox ~ Tom Hiddleston ~ Alastair Bruce ~ Dr Bruce Lipton ~ Ken Burns ~ Rick Steves ~ Blythe Danner ~ Kate Winslet ~ Sandra Bullock ~ Will Smith…
  271. Hearst Castle USA
  272. Help a family who is homeless to get a job, a home and a new life
  273. Herculaneum, Italy
  274. Herd Cattle
  275. Higham Park, Bridge Kent, UK – birthplace of aero-engine, ‘Chitty Bang Bang’
  276. Highgate Cemetery, London UK
  277. Highland Games, Scotland UK (May-Sept)
  278. Hiking Through Rainforest
  279. Historic Santa Monica Pier
  280. Historic Vicksburg
  281. HMS Victory, Portsmouth England UK
  282. HMY Brittania UK
  283. Hold a Tarantula
  284. Hole in One (OK, so it was mini-golf!)
  285. Hole in the Wall, Kilkenny Ireland
  286. Hollyrood Abbey Ruins, Scotland UK
  287. Hollywood Walk of Fame (no, I’m not ON it, I just walked along it)
  288. Hoover Dam
  289. Horseback riding on the beach
  290. Horseback Riding through Antebellum Plantation
  291. Horseback riding in the snow
  292. Horse-Drawn Canal Boat Journey
  293. Host “Achievers and Unsung Heroes” TV & radio shows
  294. Host a Christmas Party for people who have nowhere to go and no one with whom to spend the holidays
  295. Host “Going Green” TV show
  296. Host Movie Premieres at Warner Bros
  297. Hot air ballooning
  298. Hug a Redwood in the Redwood Forest
  299. Hugel Winery, France (http://m.hugel.com/598DGMB3C4/web?l=en) 
  300. Hyperbaric Chamber
  301. I absolutely ADORE what I do for a living and the clients with whom I work!
  302. Ice Hotel in Sweden
  303. Indonesia
  304. Improve my diction and elocution 
  305. Integrity and authenticity in all things
  306. Interlaken, Switzerland
  307. Ireland
  308. Ireland Seaweed Bath
  309. Isle of Man UK
  310. Isle of Wight UK
  311. Isles of Scilly, UK
  312. Italian Riviera
  313. Iveragh Peninsula (The Ring of Kerry), Ireland
  314. Jack Daniels Distillery
  315. Jane Austen’s House Museum, UK
  316. Jarlshof, Shetland Islands UK
  317. Jekyl Island
  318. Jesse James’ family home
  319. Jet-boating
  320. John Rylands Library, Manchester UK
  321. Joshua Tree National Park, USA
  322. July 4th on the Water in Savannah, Georgia
  323. Kinema in the Woods, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire UK
  324. Kiss passionately in the rain
  325. Kiss the Blarney Stone, Ireland
  326. Kylemore Abbey, Ireland
  327. La Marmite Restaurant, St Moritz
  328. Lancaster Amish Country, USA
  329. Land’s End in Cornwall – Britain’s most easterly point UK
  330. Langtry Manor – this is the manor house that King Edward VII (then Prince of Wales) had built for Lillie Langtry and I actually stayed in the King’s private suite!  Magnificent!
  331. Lanhydrock House, Cornwall UK
  332. Lasik Eye Surgery
  333. Lasso a Fence Post – OK, so the post wasn’t moving, but it was still cool to do it!
  334. Lavender Fields, Norfolk, UK
  335. Laytown Sand Beach Horse Race, Ireland (September)
  336. Lead in Musical Theater
  337. Leadenhall Market, London UK
  338. Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
  339. Leap Castle, Roscrea, Offaly Ireland – considered the world’s most haunted castle
  340. Learn CPR
  341. Learn Sign Alphabet
  342. Learn to better appreciate wine
  343. Learn to Salsa
  344. Learn to sew, knit, embroider, macrame and crochet – none of which I do exceedingly well 
  345. Learn to Tango
  346. Learn to Throw a Clay Pot
  347. Leave nothing ‘unsaid’
  348. Le Mans 24 Hour Race, France
  349. Line Dancing
  350. Live in a house with secret passageways…
  351. Live in a Marina (again)
  352. Live in a luxury ski resort for a year and a half – just glorious!
  353. Live in a two-storey villa in a 4.5 star resort with a friend’s 65′ yacht moored at my front door
  354. Live in Las Vegas
  355. Live in USA (my dream since I was a small child) – I lived there for ten years
  356. Live on a Yacht for a Week
  357. Live on the Great Barrier Reef
  358. Live with Private Beach at my Doorstep
  359. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Wales UK – and yes, I actually can pronounce it!  (The name translates to “Saint Mary’s Church in a hollow of white hazel near the swirling whirlpool of the church of Saint Tysilio with a red cave”)
  360. Loch Lomond, Scotland UK
  361. Loch Ness UK
  362. London to Brighton Veteran Car Run (as a spectator – still yet to do it as a participant)
  363. Long Room Library at Trinity College, Dublin Ireland
  364. Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall UK
  365. Louvre, France
  366. Love Unconditionally
  367. Low Country Boil
  368. (ref scene in Pretty Woman) Lunch at Bar at the Beverley Wilshire (they’ve redecorated since the movie)
  369. Lulworth Cove, Dorset, UK
  370. Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway, Devon UK
  371. Machu Pichu
  372. Made my living as a Professional Entertainer
  373. Made paper by hand
  374. Magic Circle Museum, London UK
  375. Magnificent Historic Charleston, South Carolina
  376. Major art and architectural icons through Europe
  377. Make a Difference in Someone’s Life
  378. Make a Kiva loan
  379. Make an entire Chess Set by hand – including all the pieces and the board!
  380. Malaysia
  381. Manage a Charity Feeding Homeless Children
  382. Mardi Gras Ball
  383. Mark Twain’s beloved Hannibal Missouri
  384. Marqueyssac Gardens, France
  385. Martha’s Vineyard USA
  386. Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth UK
  387. Maunsell Army Sea Forts, UK
  388. Medieval Festival
  389. Meet and fall mutually in love with the Man of my Dreams
  390. Member of Mensa
  391. Memphis, USA
  392. Member of various Private Members’ Clubs
  393. Mermaid Inn, Rye, UK – 12th century haunted pub
  394. Met Masaru Emoto
  395. Met the Principals of the Russian Bolshoi Ballet & had front row seats
  396. Meteora Floating Monasteries just 4 hours outside Athens, Greece
  397. Mexico
  398. Milk Cows both by Hand and Machine
  399. Minack Theatre in Cornwall UK
  400. Monaco
  401. Monaco Grand Prix
  402. Monticello
  403. ‘Monuments Men’ – Attended Private Book Signing with the Author and Bill Murray (who was one of the stars of the film)
  404. Moonshine
  405. Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club
  406. Morris Dancers at the medieval Fleece Inn near Evesham, Worcs, UK
  407. Morwellham Quay, Devon, UK
  408. Mount Olympus, Greece
  409. Mount Vernon
  410. Mud Bath
  411. MV Plassy, Inis Oírr, Galway Ireland
  412. Mystic Seaport
  413. Nantucket USA
  414. Naples
  415. Narraganset Rune Stone USA – I did visit Wickford, however couldn’t find the stone…
  416. Nashville
  417. Natchez Pilgrimage
  418. Natural Bridge in Virginia
  419. Natural Hot Springs
  420. Natural Pool, Santorini Greece
  421. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
  422. New Orleans
  423. Newport Tower
  424. Newport, Rhode Island
  425. New Year’s Eve on the river in Savannah, Georgia
  426. New Years Eve on Sydney Harbor
  427. New York City
  428. Niagara Falls (& also did a horse-drawn carriage ride in middle of winter – stunning!)
  429. ‘Nights in Rodanthe’ House USA
  430. Northern Lights in Scandinavia or Iceland
  431. North Laine, Brighton, UK
  432. Nova Scotia
  433. NY World’s Fair Globe USA
  434. Off-Roading Through Monster Sand Dunes
  435. Ogham Stones in Kerry & Killarney, Ireland
  436. Old railroad tunnels in Hope, British Columbia, Canada
  437. Oxford University, UK
  438. Own a grand piano
  439. Own AV Studio
  440. Own Personalized Private Label Wine
  441. Own several Civil War Gowns
  442. Own the Car of My Dreams – well, one of them (she’s a classic Jaguar convertible I restored who has been my constant travel companion for several years while living in the USA – when preparing to finally leave the States, I donated her to a children’s charity.  I just couldn’t bring myself to ‘sell’ her so I gave her to a children’s charity for them to use her to raise money, where she could continue to bring smiles to people…)
  443. Paddlewheel Boat Cruise on the Mississippi River
  444. Panama Canal
  445. Pantheon, Italy
  446. Paramedic ride-a-long
  447. Participate in a Variety Club Bash Fundraising Rally – dressed for several days as a cross between Elvira and Morticia Addams!
  448. Participate in Murder Mystery
  449. Pay it forward at a toll booth and pay for the car behind me – hey, we all talk about it, but have you ever DONE IT?
  450. Pebble Beach Concours USA
  451. Picnics are usually 5 Star with Vintage Crystal Glasses & Estate Silverware
  452. Pike’s Market USA
  453. Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfalls, Wales, UK
  454. Pixies’ Parlour UK (a cave in sandstone on the banks of the River Otter, about a mile south of the Otter Road bridge in Ottery St. Mary)
  455. Plant a memorial tree
  456. Play Bocce
  457. Play classical piano – not well!  LOL
  458. Pompeii, Italy
  459. Portico Library and Gallery, Manchester UK
  460. Portmeirion Village, Wales, UK
  461. Portofino, Italy
  462. Positano, Italy
  463. Posture and deportment – continue to improve
  464. Private Plane (I don’t want one, I just want to travel in one if I need to fly anywhere)
  465. Produce inspiring short films
  466. Put money into a stranger’s expired meter
  467. Puzzlewood, Coleford England UK
  468. QEII
  469. ‘Quantum Lace’ to be turned into a successful mini-series
  470. Queen Mary USA
  471. Ravenglass Bath House, Cumbria UK
  472. Really explore Napa Valley USA
  473. Rebuild a Car Engine (twice – and no, it wasn’t the same one! LOL!)
  474. Record an album
  475. Regularly make something with my own hands
  476. Regularly Send Handwritten Notes with Wax-Sealed Envelope, Written with Fountain Pen
  477. Rennes le Chateau, France
  478. Reverse a Trailer Around an Obstacle Course
  479. Ride a Camel
  480. Ride a Greyhound Bus across several States (boy, was that an experience!)
  481. Ride an Elephant
  482. Ride in a Tiger Moth
  483. Ride in a Tuk Tuk
  484. Ride on The Flying Scotsman UK
  485. Ride the Incline Railway (world’s steepest)
  486. Ride the L train in Chicago
  487. Ride up top on a double-decker bus in London
  488. Rievaulx Abbey, North Yorkshire UK
  489. Rock of Cashel, Ireland
  490. Rocky Mountains, USA
  491. Roman Bath
  492. Romania
  493. Rome
  494. Rosslyn Chapel, Scotland UK
  495. Roughting Linn Waterfall, Northumberland, England UK
  496. Route 66
  497. Row 6 – Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Tour
  498. Royal Highland Show – June – Scotland UK
  499. Royal Windsor Horse Show UK
  500. Royston Cave, Hertforshire, UK
  501. RSS Discovery, Scotland UK
  502. Ruby Falls
  503. Rye, UK
  504. Sailing
  505. Sailing on a tall ship
  506. Salisbury Cathedral Medieval Clock (oldest in the world), Salisbury UK
  507. Saltaire, West Yorkshire, UK
  508. Saltburn Cliff Lift – oldest operating water-balance cliff lift in the world – Saltburn-by-the-Sea, UK
  509. Sam Cody’s (replica) of British Army Aeroplane No 1 at Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum in Farnborough UK
  510. San Antonio Riverwalk
  511. San Francisco Cable Car, USA
  512. Santorini, Greece
  513. Sardinia – Italy (Tomb of the Giants)
  514. Sat beside Walt Disney’s original “Dreaming Tree” on the farm where he grew up – while the original tree has fallen over, the trunk is still there, a sapling from the tree is growing next to it – and the entire field is awe-inspiringly beautiful!  Wild flowers that grow as high as your waist in some places…  It is one of my top 10 spots on the planet.
  515. Saut de Brot Bridge – Boudry, Switzerland
  516. Scotland UK
  517. Sean’s Bar – the oldest pub in Ireland and possibly the oldest in the world!  Athlone, Ireland
  518. See icebergs up close
  519. Sell 1 million + copies of my books
  520. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London UK
  521. Shear a Sheep
  522. Sheep Highway at Dunquin Pier, Ireland
  523. Shenandoah National Park, USA
  524. Shoot a Bow & Arrow
  525. Shopping on Rodeo Drive
  526. Shucking Oysters Fresh from the Fire at an Oyster Roast
  527. Silent (no talking) for 48 hour
  528. Sing for a Living
  529. Singapore
  530. Sistine Chapel, Italy
  531. Skaftafell Ice Cave, Iceland
  532. Skara Brae, Scotland UK
  533. Skellig Michael, County Carey, Ireland
  534. Skinny dipping
  535. Slieve League, Ireland
  536. Sligo Abbey
  537. Smithsonian
  538. Smoky Mountains, USA
  539. Smoo Cave, Scottish Highlands UK
  540. Snorkled on the Great Barrier Reef
  541. Snowdon Mountain Railway, Wales UK
  542. Sorrento, Italy
  543. Speak Italian, French, German and Greek (I don’t need to be fluent, just enough to understand and to be understood)
  544. Speak on stage at the United Nations in New York
  545. Speak to a group of people who are hearing-impaired, with the assistance of sign-language translators
  546. Speak to a group of international delegates with the assistance of multi-lingual translators
  547. Spend a whole day at a luxury spa, then elegant dinner and a show
  548. Spent several inspiring hours at the Georgia Guidestones
  549. Spent Significant Time Touring Through 42 States (so far) – all by Road
  550. Spent three days travelling with the military covering a story on the dual lives of men and women in the Army Reserves
  551. Sponsor a retired working horse – well, actually I’m a softie and sponsored two!
  552. Spun wool
  553. Stand on the Greenwich Meridian Line
  554. Start a Non-Profit
  555. Statue of Liberty Crown USA
  556. Stay at a Dude Ranch
  557. Stay in a Glass Igloo at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finland
  558. Stay in Glengorm Castle, Isle of Mull, Scotland, UK
  559. Stay in a Lighthouse
  560. Stay in a luxury vintage rail car at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel (formerly a Victorian-Era rail station)
  561. Stay in Eco-Friendly Cavallo Point, California
  562. Stay in The Lighthouse Keepers Cottage, Lynton, Devon UK
  563. Stayed AirBnB
  564. Stayed in a number of glorious vintage hotels
  565. Stayed two nights in one of America’s most haunted B&Bs
  566. St Donat’s Castle, Wales UK
  567. St. Dunstan-in-the-East Ruins, London UK
  568. Steampunk Festival
  569. Stewardship – be a respectful and mindful steward of my resources
  570. St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall UK
  571. St Moritz
  572. St. Nectan’s Kieve, UK
  573. Stokesay Castle, Ludlow, Shropshire UK
  574. Stonehenge
  575. Stone Mountain
  576. Struck by lightning – and obviously lived to tell the tale!  Actually, the lightning hit the roof of the garage I was in and went through the power line to the charger cable that was beside me – the spark arced from the cable to my leg, causing a weird burn/bruise-like injury, my hair stood on end, my heart started beating to a very different drum!  Not only that, but it fried the wiring in the garage and even literally ‘blew up’ the automatic sprinkler controller on the wall – we found pieces everywhere!
  577. Study Artificial Intelligence at Stanford University for a semester (for fun)
  578. Super Cars – Ridden in (but don’t want to own) Ferrari, Lotus, Porsche, Maserati, McLaren; Haven’t ridden in (and don’t want to own) Bugatti; Haven’t ridden in (and DO want to own) Rolls Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin, Jaguar XK 120/150
  579. Survive an Illness that was supposed to kill me
  580. Swim in a Tea Tree Lake
  581. Swim with Horses off the Cornish Coast (http://www.atthepeepout.co.uk/)
  582. Swim Naked Under the Stars in a beautiful a lake
  583. Swim with Dolphins
  584. Switzerland
  585. Sydney Opera House
  586. Take an Improv class
  587. Target Pistol Shooting
  588. TCM Cruise as a VIP
  589. Teach at a World’s Top Business School
  590. Teach Someone who is Illiterate to Read – I volunteered as an adult literacy tutor for several years
  591. Teotihuacan
  592. Thailand
  593. The Glen, Sligo, Ireland
  594. The Grand Tour classic car rally/concours
  595. The Hamptons
  596. The House of Automata, Forres Scotland UK
  597. The Jacobite Steam Train Journey in Scotland UK
  598. The Matthew of Bristol, UK
  599. Thermae Bath Spa – and watch the sunset from the rooftop pool, UK
  600. Tintagel Castle, Cornwal
  601. Tintern Abbey, Wales UK
  602. Tombstone, Arizona & OK Corral (where the shootout DIDN’T happen, by the way!!)
  603. Tour ~ and stay in ~ Castles across the UK and Europe
  604. Tour Historic Newport
  605. Tour Historic Philadelphia
  606. Tour Royal Selangor Pewter Factory in Kuala Lumpur
  607. Tour Stalagmite Caves
  608. Toured a submarine
  609. Toured an aircraft-carrier
  610. Tourlitis Lighthouse – Andros, Greece
  611. Tower of London, UK
  612. Traced my family tree back several hundred years and completed the Ancestry DNA analysis (I’m 40% UK, 26% Iberian Peninsula, 21% Scandinavian, 12% Irish and 1% from western Europe) – and am writing a novel based on some of the stories…  Stay tuned!
  613. Trans Siberian Railway
  614. Transfăgărășan Road – ‘Top Gear’ rated as most amazing road in the world
  615. Transylvania
  616. Travel the world full-time, 24/7, as a Luxurious Nomad – with a wonderful luggage concierge service picking up my cases at one amazing location and dropping them off at the next!
  617. Travel Through Asia
  618. Treat a Person who is Homeless to Thanksgiving Feast (I did this most every year when I lived in America)
  619. Troy archaeological site, Greece
  620. Truffles
  621. Tuscany, Italy
  622. Tyneham Ghost Village, Dorset, UK (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8Ag8YgR8QU)
  623. Upperville Horse Show USA
  624. Unplug for an entire three-day weekend
  625. Use Limousines as primary method of transport when travelling
  626. Vaadhoo Island Sea of Stars, Maldives
  627. Venice, Italy
  628. Versailles, France
  629. Victor Borge 80th Birthday concert
  630. Victoria and Albert Museum UK
  631. Vienna
  632. View a piece of Harry Winston jewellery up close and personal
  633. Villa Honegg, Switzerland – stairway to heaven pool
  634. Vintage Rail Tours including Orient Express & Pullman Tours
  635. Visit ‘The General’ in Kennesaw Mountains
  636. Visit all Smithsonian Buildings in Washington
  637. Visit Cadillac Ranch
  638. Visit Churchill Downs (Home of Kentucky Derby)
  639. Visit every US state (42 down – 8 to go…)
  640. Visit Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie in Charleston, South Carolina
  641. Visit Grant Park in Chicago
  642. Visit just about every significant Antebellum Home in the USA
  643. Visit New Zealand
  644. Visit Painted Desert in New Mexico
  645. Visit Parkes Observatory
  646. Visit the original Laura Ingalls Wilder house
  647. Visit Times Square
  648. Visited The Alamo
  649. Visit with the two retired working horses I sponsored – Princes Risborough, UK
  650. Volunteer at a shelter
  651. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  652. Volunteer at “il Club di Guilietta” (ref ‘Letters to Juliet’) Italy
  653. Volunteer on a meal truck serving people who are homeless
  654. Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, UK
  655. Walk over Sydney Harbour Bridge
  656. Washington DC, USA
  657. Watch the sun rise and set at the horizon while at the Beach (obviously not at the same beach!  LOL!)
  658. Weekly massages and facials
  659. Westminster Abbey, UK
  660. Whitby Abbey Ruins, UK
  661. White Cliffs of Dover – from the water!
  662. White Pass and Yukon Railway (Skagway AK to Whitehorse, Canada)
  663. White Turf Race, St Moritz
  664. Whiteford Lighthouse, Wales UK
  665. Willard Hotel in Washington
  666. Win Awards for my Photography
  667. Winchester Mystery House USA
  668. Windsor Castle, UK
  669. Windsor Ruins
  670. Winter Olympics in Whistler, Canada
  671. Winter – Scotland’s Enchanted Forest, UK
  672. Wistman’s Wood, Devon UK
  673. World’s oldest surviving Ferris Wheel – it is in Vienna and is BEAUTIFUL!
  674. Woven a basket from scratch, including creating the base in wood, drilling holes for the stays
  675. Wrap a Snake Around My Neck
  676. Write a song
  677. Write an Amazon #1 Best-Seller
  678. Ye Olde Trip to Jersulem – the oldest inn in England – Nottinghamshire, UK

…and whatever you do, have FUN with it!

~ Bella

Seaweed Bath Checked Off My Bucket List

While for many, the thought of being surrounded by seaweed is something straight out of a horror movie, for me, having one of Ireland’s famous ‘seaweed baths’ has been on my bucket list for some time. Seaweed baths are popular in Ireland, but are not a recent phenomenon as many… Read more

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Over 500 Bucket List Items – and more than half already checked off!

Today I checked off another two items on my bucket list – and that prompted me to go back through and take another look at not only what I still want to see and do, but also what I have already accomplished and checked off the list! I am a… Read more

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1066 Battle of Hastings – 950th Anniversary

I feel ever so honoured to be here in Hastings for the 950th anniversary of the 1066 Battle of Hastings.  Battle Abbey is magnificent!  I will add information and commentary later – wanted to at least upload the photos now…                    … Read more

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Historic Bath and the Roman Baths

Bath is one of the most beautiful of places – and the Roman Baths are extraordinary!  I am yet to add the information to this post – but wanted to at least get the photos up…                              … Read more

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Stonehenge is on just about everyone’s bucket list and when I finally checked it off mine, the feeling was very surreal…  I wanted to at least get the photos up…  Will add details soon…                                … Read more

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Creating Your Travel Bucket List

Do you have a travel bucket list? Creating your travel bucket list should be fun. It is what should inspire you to lead a more exciting and fulfilling life. But, sometimes, it can be difficult and overwhelming creating one. You have so much to see and experience in the world and… Read more

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