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. Abbotsford House, Scottish Borders, Scotland, TD6 9BQ
  2. Acropolis, Greece
  3. 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)
  4. Acton Scott working farm, Shropshire UK
  5. 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
  6. Adopt a Rescue Dog
  7. A la Ronde, Devon, UK
  8. Alien – Meet a highly-evolved and loving Extra-terrestrial Alien   
  9. 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).
  10. Amalfi Coast
  11. Angel Oak
  12. Antebellum Homes – I have actually visited just about every antebellum (pre-Civil War) home of significance in America
  13. Aquhorthies Stone Circle, Near Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
  14. Arabia Steamboat Museum (the largest single collection of pre-Civil War artifacts in the world)
  15. Aran Islands, Galway Bay, Ireland
  16. Arbroath smokies – taste Iain R Spink’s smokies http://www.arbroathsmokies.net/ Scotland, UK
  17. 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
  18. Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum, Thal, Austria
  19. Arrive by Helicopter
  20. Arrive by Sea Plane
  21. Ashford Castle, Ireland
  22. Aspen
  23. Atalaya Castle
  24. 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!))
  25. Athens, Greece
  26. Attend a Cirque de Soleil show in Vegas
  27. Attend a Polo Match
  28. Attend a Rodeo
  29. Attend all three Triple Crown events UK – Private Box
  30. Attend an Eagles concert – when all original band members were still alive
  31. Attend an Event with International Heads of State
  32. Attend an international basketball game
  33. Attend an international soccer match
  34. Attend a ‘State of Origin’ match
  35. Attend College Football Game (LSU @ Tiger Stadium) & Tail-gating
  36. Attend International Surfing Competitions (not as a competitor!)
  37. Attend Invitation-Only Winemaker’s Dinner
  38. Attend Private Event in US House of Representatives
  39. Attend Revolutionary & Civil War Re-Enactments
  40. Attend the Opera in a Private Box
  41. Attend Zulu Lundi Gras
  42. Attend Renaissance Festival
  43. Attended a Louisiana Cajun Boucherie
  44. Attended an international IndyCar race – the sound is truly awesome, like giant mosquitoes whose buzz you can feel in every fibre of your being
  45. Australian Outback
  46. Austria
  47. Avebury, Wiltshire UK
  48. Bagni Wildbad Thermal Bath Resort Ruins – Innichin, Italy
  49. Ballindalloch Distillery, Scotland, UK
  50. Balvenie Castle, Castle Road, Dufftown, Keith, AB55 4GH, Scotland
  51. Barra Airport, Eoligarry, Barra, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scotland, HS9
  52. Bath Abbey, UK
  53. Battle Abbey
  54. Battle of Hastings (1066) 950th anniversary on the site of the battle (this was SO cool!
  55. 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!)
  56. Be a Ghost-Writer
  57. Beauly Priory, Beauly IV4 7DY, Scotland
  58. Beaumaris Castle, Isle of Anglesey, Wales
  59. Become independently wealthy
  60. Be honorable, respectful and a good steward of the blessings bestowed upon me
  61. Bekonscot Model Village, Beaconsfield UK
  62. Berry Pomeroy Castle, Devon UK
  63. Be the voice for an animated feature film
  64. Been on stage with Jay Leno
  65. Biltmore
  66. Birdoswald Trail along Hadrian’s Wall, UK
  67. Blair Drummond Safari Park, Stirling FK9 4UR, Scotland
  68. Blaise Castle, Bristol UK
  69. Blarney Castle, Ireland
  70. Blenheim Palace, UK
  71. Blists Hill Victorian Town, Shropshire, UK
  72. Blue Caves, Zakynthos Islands, Greece
  73. Blue Ridge Mountains, USA
  74. Boat License
  75. Bonfire on the Beach
  76. Bodiam Castle, East Sussex, UK
  77. Boston, USA
  78. Bought a quality western cowboy (or should that be cowgirl) hat and had it custom-fitted (I love bespoke experiences like that!)
  79. Bowl a 200+ game
  80. Braemar Gathering
  81. Brandsbutt Stone, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
  82. Brasov, Romania
  83. Brewed Beer
  84. Brighton, England
  85. Bring a Stranger Home for Dinner
  86. Britannia Panopticon Music Hall, Glasgow, Scotland, G1
  87. Brooklyn Bridge
  88. Brunel Museum, London UK
  89. Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Bristol, UK
  90. Buchanan Castle, Scotland UK
  91. Bucharest, Romania
  92. Buckfast Abbey, Devon UK
  93. Buckingham Palace, UK
  94. Build a Blanket Fort (with multiple rooms, of course!
  95. Build a Labyrinth
  96. Build a smart-phone app (several)
  97. Build a Snowman
  98. Build a Clock
  99. Build a Water Feature
  100. Build several businesses (some were successes – some were monumental failures – although thankfully there were more of the former than the latter!)
  101. Build Websites
  102. Butterfly Park in Kuala Lumpur
  103. Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, Eoropie, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scotland, HS2 0XH
  104. Buy jewellery at Tiffany & Co.
  105. Buy something at an Auction
  106. Callanish Standing Stones, Callanish, Isle of Lewis HS2 9DY
  107. Cambridge University, UK
  108. Camden Market, London UK
  109. Camera Obscura, Scotland UK
  110. Camping By Myself – beside a lake… it was magical!
  111. Canada
  112. Canal Boat Trips through UK and Europe
  113. Canal De Corinto, Greece
  114. Cannes Film Festival – with one of my films entered
  115. Cape Cod USA
  116. Carnac Stones, France
  117. Castell Coch, Wales UK
  118. Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, Caithness, Scotland
  119. Catalina Island
  120. Change clothes in an old red phone booth
  121. Channel Islands, UK
  122. Charleston, South Carolina – one of my favorite places on the planet
  123. Chateau de Chenonceau, Loire Valley, France
  124. Chateau Montelena, USA
  125. Chateau Rhinafa, Wales UK
  126. Chatsworth House, Derbyshire UK
  127. Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel (with a vintage rail carriage as my state room)
  128. Cheddar Cave, Somerset, UK
  129. Chetham’s Library, Manchester UK
  130. Chopsticks – I can use them, but it’s not pretty!  LOL!
  131. Christmas Caroling
  132. Churn Butter By Hand
  133. Civil Rights Museum in Lorraine Hotel
  134. Clambake
  135. Clansman Centre, Old Schoolhouse, Canal Side, Fort Augustus PH32 4BD, Scotland
  136. Claridge’s – stay there as my regular base in London UK
  137. Classic Car Rallies and Concours events
  138. Clava Cairns, Inverness IV2 5EU, Scotland
  139. Climbed all 272 steps of the Batu Cave Temple in Malaysia (complete with an army of macaque monkeys ‘helping’ every step of the way)
  140. Co-Host Drive Time on Major Commercial Radio Station
  141. Coliseum (this place was AWEsome in every sense of the word!
  142. Competition Ballroom Dancing (as a teenager, and won two awards)
  143. Concours of Elegance, UK
  144. Coney Island, USA
  145. Conquered fear of Public Speaking (and a good thing, too, given that I chose to go into the field of media and entertainment!)
  146. 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!
  147. Contact someone I don’t know who also has my name
  148. Continually improve my diction and enunciation
  149. Continually Learn about Quantum Physics
  150. Continue to explore my ancestry, including visiting places from which they originated
  151. Continue to facilitate inspiring events…
  152. Continue to make a difference and help people achieve their dreams…
  153. Continue to regularly attend exhibitions at the Smithsonian, USA
  154. Cook and eat a fish I caught (but no, I didn’t clean it!)
  155. Coral Castle, Florida USA
  156. Cotswold Olimpick Games, Gloucestershire, UK (June)
  157. Crack a Whip
  158. Crater Lake
  159. Create My Own Family Crest
  160. Crooked House Pub, Dudley, UK
  161. Cross the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in a canal boat
  162. Cruise the Crinan Canal on The Clyde Puffer – VIC 32 – Crinan, Argyll, Scotland – UK
  163. Crystal Cave, Vatnajökull, Iceland
  164. Cuddle a Koala
  165. Daily continue to see the beauty, give and receive love, enjoy the bliss and be thankful to God…
  166. Daily Full-page “Life with Leigh” series in Major Metro Newspaper
  167. 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…
  168. Dallas Dhu Historic Distillery, Mannachie Road, Forres, Morayshire, IV36 2RR, Scotland
  169. Dance ballroom at the Blackpool Tower, UK
  170. Danced/Played the giant piano in FAO Swartz in New York
  171. Dartmouth Royal Regatta (August) UK
  172. Death Valley, USA
  173. Debrett’s Quintessentially British Programme UK
  174. 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
  175. Deer Abbey, Near Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
  176. Dennis Severs’ House, London UK
  177. Develop a fictional character I love and publish stories about her journeys (click here to meet Bridgit!)
  178. Develop a range of inspirational books, journals, items etc from my photography
  179. Develop/achieve my ideal body – fit, healthy, flexible, and sexy
  180. Difference Engine – Babbage’s prototype computer – London, UK
  181. Dined at the Boat House in Central Park
  182. Discover my signature perfume
  183. Disneyland, USA
  184. Dive on “Christ of the Abyss” off San Fruttuoso, Italian Riveria – Italy
  185. Do my own gel nails – such a fabulous treat, especially when globe-trotting and not needing to find a salon!
  186. “Do or do not – there is no try”  Yoda
  187. Do several ‘staycations’ where you stay in a hotel in your city and be a tourist in your own town
  188. Do something ‘big’ completely on faith
  189. Dog Suicide Bridge, Milton, Scotland, G82 2TH
  190. Donate Blood
  191. Don’t talk to/with anyone for an entire three-day long weekend
  192. Dover Castle, UK
  193. Dracula’s Castle in Romania
  194. Drink milk/juice from a fresh coconut
  195. Drink more water!  
  196. Drive across the Golden Gate Bridge
  197. Drive Across the USA Coast to Coast and Top to Bottom (several times)
  198. Drive entire length of Historic Route 1 / Hwy 101 from Mexico to Canada
  199. Drive in Celebrity Speedway Race
  200. 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!)
  201. Dubai
  202. Duff House, Banff, AB45 3SX, Scotland
  203. Dún Aonghasa, Galway Ireland
  204. Dunfermline Palace and Abbey, Dunfermline (56.0694,-3.4638) Scotland
  205. Dunmore Pineapple House, Airth, Scotland, FK2 8LU
  206. Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, AB39 2TL
  207. Durdle Door, Dorset, UK
  208. Dursey Island cable car, Cork Ireland
  209. Duxford Airshow, UK
  210. Dyce Symbol Stones, Dyce, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
  211. Easter Island
  212. Eat a a Michelin award-winning restaurant (several!)
  213. Eat at a revolving restaurant
  214. Eat Crocodile
  215. Eat Fried Grasshopper
  216. Eat Kangaroo
  217. Eat Philly Cheesesteak in Philadelphia
  218. Eat possibly the world’s best Lobster Slider – Plymouth (near ‘the rock’)
  219. Edgar Cayce Museum, USA
  220. Edinburgh Castle, UK
  221. Edinburgh Military Tattoo, UK
  222. Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland UK
  223. Elgin Cathedral, King Street, Elgin, Moray, IV30 1HU, Scotland
  224. Elvis Presley Aircraft Museum
  225. 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! 
  226. Emergency Paramedic Ride-a-long
  227. English Riviera – Torquay, Devon
  228. Entertain elderly people at a nursing home
  229. Etiquette – continually improve my knowledge and application thereof
  230. Experience a Real White Christmas
  231. Experience a tornado
  232. Explore a Completely Uninhabited Ghost Town
  233. Explore an abandoned amusement park
  234. Experience Chinese Cupping Therapy
  235. Fairy Glen – Uig, Isle of Skye, Scotland UK
  236. Fairy Penguins on Phillip Island
  237. Fairy Pools in Scotland UK (https://wowscotlandtours.com/tours-from-inverness/private-day-tours-inverness/private-fairy-pools-tour/)
  238. Fairy Rock, Whitehaven UK
  239. Falkirk Wheel, Lime Rd, Falkirk, Scotland, FK1 4AD
  240. Fan Bay Deep Shelter, Dover UK
  241. Faery Circles in Ireland
  242. ‘Fellsman’ Steam Train – Settle to Carlisle + classic coach + historic steamer on Ullswater Lake (http://statesmanrail.com/fellsman.html)
  243. Finch Foundry, Devon UK
  244. Find and purchase a copy of the original book, “The Making of Star Trek”
  245. Find True, Pure, Blissful Joy in pretty much every moment…
  246. Fingal’s Cave, Scotland UK
  247. First-Class Overnight Train Trip from Vienna to Rome
  248. Fishbourne Roman Palace, West Sussex, UK
  249. Fishbowl Margarita in El Paso
  250. Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, Iceland
  251. Flannan Isle Lighthouse, Flannan Isles, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scotland
  252. Fly a Plane
  253. Fly in a helicopter
  254. Fly in a Spitfire over the English Channel – Goodwood – UK
  255. Fly Internationally First Class
  256. Forbidden Corner, Coverham UK
  257. Forgive and move on
  258. Fort George, Scotland UK
  259. Fortingall Yew, Fortingall Church, Fortingall, Scotland, PH15 2LL
  260. Fort Sumter – the official start of the American Civil War
  261. Fossick for Thunder Eggs on Tamborine Mountain
  262. Fota Wildlife Park, Ireland
  263. Fountains Abbey, UK
  264. Four-wheeling over monster sand-dunes
  265. Foyle’s War – have been to almost every place this series was filmed
  266. French Channel Islands – Chausey Islands, France
  267. French Quarter in New Orleans
  268. Front-row-center at Don McLean concert
  269. Fundraising for various causes
  270. Galloway Forest Park, the only Dark Sky Park in Scotland – and hopefully even see the Northern Lights! UK
  271. Gaping Gill, North Yorkshire UK
  272. Get caught in a dust storm with zero visibility (Ok, so not something I planned, but experience worthy of the list)
  273. Giant’s Causeway, Ireland
  274. Gilmerton Cove, 16 Drum Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH17 8QH
  275. Glenbuchat Castle, Near Kildrummy, Aberdeenshire AB36 8TN, Scotland
  276. Glenfinnan monument, Glenfinnan Monument Visitor Centre, Glenfinnan, PH37 4LT (view viaduct), Scotland (Passing times on the viaduct for the Jacobite train are: Morning Train 10:58 outbound and 15:00 return / Afternoon Train 15:13 outbound and 19:30 return).
  277. Gleniff Horseshoe, Ireland
  278. Glenmorangie Distillery, A9, Tain IV19 1PZ, Scotland
  279. Glow Worm cave
  280. Golden Hind Ship, Brixham UK
  281. Goodwood Revival Classic Car Race UK
  282. Go on a Blind Date – and it ended up being to a Rolling Stones concert!
  283. Go on a Cruise
  284. Go on a Hay Ride
  285. 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
  286. Gorgeous collection of Jewellery, Shoes, Handbags & Accessories
  287. Graceland
  288. Grand Canyon
  289. Grand Central Station
  290. Grand Ole Opry, USA
  291. Great Orme Tramway, Wales UK (March – October)
  292. Greece
  293. Greek Islands
  294. Grow all my own vegetables in my very own vegetable garden!
  295. Guest Soloist with Sydney Conservatory Choir
  296. Hadrian’s Wall, UK
  297. Haggle at an Asian Market
  298. Hand-carved, crafted and created a marionette
  299. Harris Tweed – visit one of the homes where they make the tweed, and purchase a garment – Outer Hebrides, Scotland UK
  300. Hastings Bonfire
  301. Hastings Castle
  302. Have an old-fashioned, physically posted letters pen-pal (his name was Sang Guy Lee and he was from South Korea)
  303. 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 ~ Simon Callow ~ 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…
  304. Hearst Castle USA
  305. Help a family who is homeless to get a job, a home and a new life
  306. Herculaneum, Italy
  307. Herd Cattle
  308. Higham Park, Bridge Kent, UK – birthplace of aero-engine, ‘Chitty Bang Bang’
  309. Highgate Cemetery, London UK
  310. Highland Games, Scotland UK (May-Sept)
  311. Highland Wildlife Park, Kincraig, Kingussie PH21 1NL, Scotland
  312. Hiking Through Rainforest
  313. Hirta Island Ghost Town, St Kilda, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scotland
  314. Historic Santa Monica Pier
  315. Historic Vicksburg
  316. HMS Victory, Portsmouth England UK
  317. HMY Brittania UK
  318. Hold a Tarantula
  319. Hole in One (OK, so it was mini-golf!)
  320. Hole in the Wall, Kilkenny Ireland
  321. Hollyrood Abbey Ruins, Scotland UK
  322. Hollywood Walk of Fame (no, I’m not ON it, I just walked along it)
  323. Hootananny Pub, 67 Church St, Inverness IV1 1ES, Scotland (http://www.hootanannyinverness.co.uk/)
  324. Hoover Dam
  325. Horseback riding on the beach
  326. Horseback Riding through Antebellum Plantation
  327. Horseback riding in the snow
  328. Horse-Drawn Canal Boat Journey
  329. Host “Achievers and Unsung Heroes” TV & radio shows
  330. Host an annual Christmas Party for people who have nowhere to go and no one with whom to spend the holidays
  331. Host “Going Green” TV show
  332. Host Movie Premieres at Warner Bros
  333. Hot air ballooning
  334. House of Automata, Findhorn near Inverness, Scotland (please contact us if you are visiting – 07790 719 097 / 07811 827 357 / 01309 691 692)
  335. Hug a Redwood in the Redwood Forest
  336. Hugel Winery, France (http://m.hugel.com/598DGMB3C4/web?l=en) 
  337. Huntly Castle, Castle Avenue, Huntly, AB54 4SH, Scotland
  338. Husky Haven, Netherley Rd, Stonehaven AB39, 3QH, Scotland
  339. Hyperbaric Chamber
  340. I absolutely ADORE what I do for a living and the clients with whom I work!
  341. Ice Hotel in Sweden
  342. Indonesia
  343. Improve my diction and elocution 
  344. Integrity and authenticity in all things
  345. Interlaken, Switzerland
  346. Invercharron Highland Games, Bonar Bridge, Sutherland, Scotland – Sept (http://www.invercharronhighlandgames.co.uk/getting-here) 
  347. Iona Abbey, 2 Sandbank, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
  348. Ireland
  349. Ireland Seaweed Bath
  350. Isle of Man UK
  351. Isle of Wight UK
  352. Isles of Scilly, UK
  353. Italian Riviera
  354. Iveragh Peninsula (The Ring of Kerry), Ireland
  355. Jack Daniels Distillery
  356. James Clerk Maxwell Foundation, 14 India Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH3
  357. Jane Austen’s House Museum, UK
  358. Jarlshof, Shetland Islands UK
  359. Jekyl Island
  360. Jesse James’ family home
  361. Jet-boating
  362. John Rylands Library, Manchester UK
  363. Joshua Tree National Park, USA
  364. July 4th on the Water in Savannah, Georgia
  365. Jupiter Artland, Bonnington House Steadings, Wilkieston, Edinburgh EH27 8BB
  366. Kelpies Sculpture, The Helix, Grangemouth, Falkirk FK2 7ZT, Scotland
  367. Kildrummy Castle, Kildrummy, Aberdeenshire, AB33 8RA, Scotland
  368. Kilt Making, Highland House of Fraser Ltd, 4-9 Huntly Street, Inverness, IV3 5PR, Scotland
  369. Kinema in the Woods, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire UK
  370. Kinnaird Head Castle Lighthouse and Museum, Castle Terrace, Fraserburgh, AB43 9DU, Scotland
  371. Kiss passionately in the rain
  372. Kiss the Blarney Stone, Ireland
  373. Kylemore Abbey, Ireland
  374. La Marmite Restaurant, St Moritz
  375. Lancaster Amish Country, USA
  376. Land’s End in Cornwall – Britain’s most easterly point UK
  377. 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!
  378. Lanhydrock House, Cornwall UK
  379. Lasik Eye Surgery
  380. Lasso a Fence Post – OK, so the post wasn’t moving, but it was still cool to do it!
  381. Lavender Fields, Norfolk, UK
  382. Laytown Sand Beach Horse Race, Ireland (September)
  383. Lead in Musical Theater
  384. Leadenhall Market, London UK
  385. Leaning Tower of Glenfinnan, Glenfinnan, Scotland
  386. Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
  387. Leap Castle, Roscrea, Offaly Ireland – considered the world’s most haunted castle
  388. Learn CPR
  389. Learn Sign Alphabet
  390. Learn to better appreciate wine
  391. Learn to Salsa
  392. Learn to sew, knit, embroider, macrame and crochet – none of which I do exceedingly well 
  393. Learn to Tango
  394. Learn to Throw a Clay Pot
  395. Leave nothing ‘unsaid’
  396. Le Mans 24 Hour Race, France
  397. Line Dancing
  398. Live in a house with secret passageways…
  399. Live in a Marina (again)
  400. Live in a luxury ski resort for a year and a half – just glorious!
  401. Live in a two-storey villa in a 4.5 star resort with a friend’s 65′ yacht moored at my front door
  402. Live in Las Vegas
  403. Live in USA (my dream since I was a small child) – I lived there for ten years
  404. Live on a Yacht for a Week
  405. Live on the Great Barrier Reef
  406. Live with Private Beach at my Doorstep
  407. 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”)
  408. Loch Lomond, Scotland UK
  409. Loch Ness UK
  410. London to Brighton Veteran Car Run (done as a spectator – still yet to do it as a participant)
  411. Long Room Library at Trinity College, Dublin Ireland
  412. Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall UK
  413. Louvre, France
  414. Love Unconditionally
  415. Low Country Boil
  416. (ref scene in Pretty Woman) Lunch at Bar at the Beverley Wilshire (they’ve redecorated since the movie)
  417. Lulworth Cove, Dorset, UK
  418. Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway, Devon UK
  419. Machu Pichu
  420. Made my living as a Professional Entertainer
  421. Made paper by hand
  422. Maggie Wall’s Memorial, Dunning, Scotland, PH2 0QS, off B8062 which, accessible from A9 highway
  423. Magic Circle Museum, London UK
  424. Magnificent Historic Charleston, South Carolina
  425. Major art and architectural icons through Europe
  426. Make a Difference in Someone’s Life
  427. Make a Kiva loan
  428. Make an entire Chess Set by hand – including all the pieces and the board!
  429. Malaysia
  430. Manage a Charity Feeding Homeless Children
  431. Mardi Gras Ball
  432. Mark Twain’s beloved Hannibal Missouri
  433. Marqueyssac Gardens, France
  434. Martha’s Vineyard USA
  435. Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth UK
  436. Maunsell Army Sea Forts, UK
  437. Medieval Festival
  438. Medway Queen, Heroine of Dunkirk, Gillingham UK
  439. Meet and fall mutually in love with the Man of my Dreams
  440. Member of Mensa
  441. Memphis, USA
  442. Member of various Private Members’ Clubs
  443. Mermaid Inn, Rye, UK – 12th century haunted pub
  444. Met Masaru Emoto
  445. Met the Principals of the Russian Bolshoi Ballet & had front row seats
  446. Meteora Floating Monasteries just 4 hours outside Athens, Greece
  447. Mexico
  448. Middleton Hall, Tamworth UK
  449. Milk Cows both by Hand and Machine
  450. Minack Theatre in Cornwall UK
  451. Monaco
  452. Monaco Grand Prix
  453. Monticello
  454. ‘Monuments Men’ – Attended Private Book Signing with the Author and Bill Murray (who was one of the stars of the film)
  455. Moonshine
  456. Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club
  457. Morris Dancers at the medieval Fleece Inn near Evesham, Worcs, UK
  458. Morwellham Quay, Devon, UK
  459. Mount Olympus, Greece
  460. Mount Vernon
  461. Mud Bath
  462. Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, Kinnaird Head, Castle Terrace, Fraserburgh, Scotland
  463. MV Plassy, Inis Oírr, Galway Ireland
  464. Mystic Seaport
  465. Nantucket USA
  466. Naples
  467. Narraganset Rune Stone USA – I did visit Wickford, however couldn’t find the stone…
  468. Nashville
  469. Natchez Pilgrimage
  470. Natural Bridge in Virginia
  471. Natural Hot Springs
  472. Natural Pool, Santorini Greece
  473. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
  474. New Orleans
  475. Newport Tower
  476. Newport, Rhode Island
  477. New Slains Castle Ruins, Castle Road, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
  478. New Year’s Eve on the river in Savannah, Georgia
  479. New Years Eve on Sydney Harbor
  480. New York City
  481. Niagara Falls (& also did a horse-drawn carriage ride in middle of winter – stunning!)
  482. ‘Nights in Rodanthe’ House USA
  483. Northern Lights in Scandinavia or Iceland
  484. North Laine, Brighton, UK
  485. Nova Scotia
  486. NY World’s Fair Globe USA
  487. Off-Roading Through Monster Sand Dunes
  488. Ogham Stones in Kerry & Killarney, Ireland
  489. Old Forge Pub – most remote bar/pub in the world, Knoydart, Scotland, PH41 4PL
  490. Old railroad tunnels in Hope, British Columbia, Canada
  491. Oxford University, UK
  492. Own a grand piano
  493. Own AV Studio
  494. Own Personalized Private Label Wine
  495. Own several Civil War Gowns
  496. 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…)
  497. Paddlewheel Boat Cruise on the Mississippi River
  498. Panama Canal
  499. Pantheon, Italy
  500. Paramedic ride-a-long
  501. Participate in a Variety Club Bash Fundraising Rally – dressed for several days as a cross between Elvira and Morticia Addams!
  502. Participate in Murder Mystery
  503. 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?
  504. Pebble Beach Concours USA
  505. Picardy Symbol Stone, South of Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
  506. Picnics are usually 5 Star with Vintage Crystal Glasses & Estate Silverware
  507. Piel Island, LA13 0QN UK
  508. Pike’s Market USA
  509. Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfalls, Wales, UK
  510. 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)
  511. Plant a memorial tree
  512. Play Bocce
  513. Play classical piano – not well!  LOL
  514. Pompeii, Italy
  515. Portico Library and Gallery, Manchester UK
  516. Portmeirion Village, Wales, UK
  517. Portofino, Italy
  518. Positano, Italy
  519. Posture and deportment – continue to improve
  520. Private Plane (I don’t want one, I just want to travel in one if I need to fly anywhere)
  521. Produce inspiring short films
  522. Put money into a stranger’s expired meter
  523. Puzzlewood, Coleford England UK
  524. QEII
  525. ‘Quantum Lace’ to be turned into a successful mini-series
  526. Queen Mary USA
  527. Ravenglass Bath House, Cumbria UK
  528. Really explore Napa Valley USA
  529. Rebuild a Car Engine (twice – and no, it wasn’t the same one! LOL!)
  530. Record an album
  531. Regularly make something with my own hands
  532. Regularly Send Handwritten Notes with Wax-Sealed Envelope, Written with Fountain Pen
  533. Rennes le Chateau, France
  534. Reverse a Trailer Around an Obstacle Course
  535. Ride a Camel
  536. Ride a Greyhound Bus across several States (boy, was that an experience!)
  537. Ride an Elephant
  538. Ride in a Tiger Moth
  539. Ride in a Tuk Tuk
  540. Ride on The Flying Scotsman UK
  541. Ride the Incline Railway (world’s steepest)
  542. Ride the L train in Chicago
  543. Ride up top on a double-decker bus in London
  544. Rievaulx Abbey, North Yorkshire UK
  545. Ring of Brodgar, B9055, Orkney, Scotland, KW16 3JZ
  546. Rock of Cashel, Ireland
  547. Rocky Mountains, USA
  548. Roman Bath
  549. Romania
  550. Rome
  551. Rosslyn Chapel, Scotland UK
  552. Roughting Linn Waterfall, Northumberland, England UK
  553. Route 66
  554. Row 6 – Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Tour
  555. Royal Highland Show – June – Scotland UK
  556. Royal Windsor Horse Show UK
  557. Royston Cave, Hertforshire, UK
  558. RSS Discovery, Scotland UK
  559. Ruby Falls
  560. Rushton Triangular Lodge, Kettering UK
  561. Rye, UK
  562. Sailing
  563. Sailing on a tall ship
  564. Salisbury Cathedral Medieval Clock (oldest in the world), Salisbury UK
  565. Saltaire, West Yorkshire, UK
  566. Saltburn Cliff Lift – oldest operating water-balance cliff lift in the world – Saltburn-by-the-Sea, UK
  567. Sam Cody’s (replica) of British Army Aeroplane No 1 at Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum in Farnborough UK
  568. San Antonio Riverwalk
  569. San Francisco Cable Car, USA
  570. Santorini, Greece
  571. Sardinia – Italy (Tomb of the Giants)
  572. 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.
  573. Saut de Brot Bridge – Boudry, Switzerland
  574. Scotland UK
  575. Scott’s View, B6356, Scottish Borders, Scotland, TD6
  576. Sean’s Bar – the oldest pub in Ireland and possibly the oldest in the world!  Athlone, Ireland
  577. See icebergs up close
  578. Sell 1 million + copies of my books
  579. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London UK
  580. Shear a Sheep
  581. Sheep Highway at Dunquin Pier, Ireland
  582. Shenandoah National Park, USA
  583. Shoot a Bow & Arrow
  584. Shopping on Rodeo Drive
  585. Shucking Oysters Fresh from the Fire at an Oyster Roast
  586. Silent (no talking) for 48 hour
  587. Sing for a Living
  588. Singapore
  589. Singapore WWII train at Rutland Railway Museum, UK
  590. Sistine Chapel, Italy
  591. Skaftafell Ice Cave, Iceland
  592. Skara Brae, Scotland UK
  593. Skellig Michael, County Carey, Ireland
  594. Skinny dipping
  595. Slieve League, Ireland
  596. Sligo Abbey
  597. Smithsonian
  598. Smoky Mountains, USA
  599. Smoo Cave, Scottish Highlands UK
  600. Snorkled on the Great Barrier Reef
  601. Snowdon Mountain Railway, Wales UK
  602. Snowdonia, Wales
  603. Sorrento, Italy
  604. Speak Italian, French, German and Greek (I don’t need to be fluent, just enough to understand and to be understood)
  605. Speak on stage at the United Nations in New York
  606. Speak to a group of people who are hearing-impaired, with the assistance of sign-language translators
  607. Speak to a group of international delegates with the assistance of multi-lingual translators
  608. Spend a whole day at a luxury spa, then elegant dinner and a show
  609. Spent several inspiring hours at the Georgia Guidestones
  610. Spent Significant Time Touring Through 42 States (so far) – all by Road
  611. Spent three days travelling with the military covering a story on the dual lives of men and women in the Army Reserves
  612. Sponsor a retired working horse – well, actually I’m a softie and sponsored two!
  613. Spun wool
  614. Stand on the Greenwich Meridian Line
  615. Start a Non-Profit
  616. Statesman vintage Pullman rail trip from Holyhead Wales to Edinburgh Scotland – first class, of course!  🙂
  617. Statue of Liberty Crown USA
  618. Stay at a Dude Ranch
  619. Stay in a Glass Igloo at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finland
  620. Stay in Glengorm Castle, Isle of Mull, Scotland, UK
  621. Stay in a Lighthouse
  622. Stay in a luxury vintage rail car at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel (formerly a Victorian-Era rail station)
  623. Stay in Eco-Friendly Cavallo Point, California
  624. Stay in The Lighthouse Keepers Cottage, Lynton, Devon UK
  625. Stayed AirBnB
  626. Stayed in a number of glorious vintage hotels
  627. Stayed two nights in one of America’s most haunted B&Bs
  628. St Donat’s Castle, Wales UK
  629. St. Dunstan-in-the-East Ruins, London UK
  630. Steampunk Festival
  631. Stewardship – be a respectful and mindful steward of my resources
  632. St. Fillan’s Cave, Cove Wynd, Pittenweem, Scotland, KY10
  633. St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall UK
  634. St Moritz
  635. St. Nectan’s Kieve, UK
  636. Stokesay Castle, Ludlow, Shropshire UK
  637. Stonehenge
  638. Stone Mountain
  639. 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!
  640. Study Artificial Intelligence at Stanford University for a semester (for fun)
  641. St. Valentine’s Bones, Glasgow, Blessed St John Duns Scotus, 270 Ballater Street, Glasgow, Scotland, G5 0YT
  642. Sueno’s Stone, Findhorn Road, Forres, Moray IV36 3WX, Scotland
  643. 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; Have ridden in (and DO want to own) Rolls Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin, Jaguar XK 120/150
  644. Survive an Illness that was supposed to kill me
  645. Swim in a Tea Tree Lake
  646. Swim with Horses off the Cornish Coast (http://www.atthepeepout.co.uk/)
  647. Swim Naked Under the Stars in a beautiful a lake
  648. Swim with Dolphins
  649. Switzerland
  650. Sydney Opera House
  651. Take an Improv class
  652. Tantallon Castle, North Berwick, Scotland
  653. Target Pistol Shooting
  654. TCM Cruise as a VIP
  655. Teach at a World’s Top Business School
  656. Teach Someone who is Illiterate to Read – I volunteered as an adult literacy tutor for several years
  657. Teotihuacan
  658. Thailand
  659. The Glen, Sligo, Ireland
  660. The Grand Tour classic car rally/concours
  661. The Hamptons
  662. The House of Automata, Forres Scotland UK
  663. The Jacobite Steam Train Journey in Scotland UK
  664. The Matthew of Bristol, UK
  665. Thermae Bath Spa – and watch the sunset from the rooftop pool, UK
  666. Tintagel Castle, Cornwal
  667. Tintern Abbey, Wales UK
  668. Tolquhon Castle, Tarves, Aberdeenshire, AB41 7LP, Scotland
  669. Tomb of the Eagles, Liddle, St. Margaret’s Hope, Orkney, Scotland, KW17 2RW
  670. Tombstone, Arizona & OK Corral (where the shootout DIDN’T happen, by the way!!)
  671. Tomnaverie Stone Circle, Near Tarland, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
  672. Torwood Blue Pool, Falkirk, Scotland, FK5 4TB
  673. Tour ~ and stay in ~ Castles across the UK and Europe
  674. Tour Historic Newport
  675. Tour Historic Philadelphia
  676. Tour Royal Selangor Pewter Factory in Kuala Lumpur
  677. Tour Stalagmite Caves
  678. Toured a submarine
  679. Toured an aircraft-carrier
  680. Tourlitis Lighthouse – Andros, Greece
  681. Tower of London, UK
  682. 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!
  683. Trans Siberian Railway
  684. Transfăgărășan Road – ‘Top Gear’ rated as most amazing road in the world
  685. Transylvania
  686. 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!
  687. Travel Through Asia
  688. Treat a Person who is Homeless to Thanksgiving Feast (I did this most every year when I lived in America)
  689. Troy archaeological site, Greece
  690. Truffles
  691. Tuscany, Italy
  692. Tyneham Ghost Village, Dorset, UK (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8Ag8YgR8QU)
  693. Upperville Horse Show USA
  694. Unplug for an entire three-day weekend
  695. Urquhart Castle, By Drumnadrochit, near Inverness, IV63 6XJ, Scotland
  696. Use Limousines as primary method of transport when travelling
  697. Vaadhoo Island Sea of Stars, Maldives
  698. Van Morrison concert – amazing dress circle seats
  699. Venice, Italy
  700. Versailles, France
  701. Victor Borge 80th Birthday concert
  702. Victoria and Albert Museum UK
  703. Vienna
  704. View a piece of Harry Winston jewellery up close and personal
  705. Villa Honegg, Switzerland – stairway to heaven pool
  706. Vintage Rail Tours including Orient Express & Pullman Tours
  707. Visit ‘The General’ in Kennesaw Mountains
  708. Visit all Smithsonian Buildings in Washington
  709. Visit Cadillac Ranch
  710. Visit Churchill Downs (Home of Kentucky Derby)
  711. Visit every US state (42 down – 8 to go…)
  712. Visit Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie in Charleston, South Carolina
  713. Visit Grant Park in Chicago
  714. Visit just about every significant Antebellum Home in the USA
  715. Visit New Zealand
  716. Visit Painted Desert in New Mexico
  717. Visit Parkes Observatory
  718. Visit the original Laura Ingalls Wilder house
  719. Visit Times Square
  720. Visited The Alamo
  721. Visit with the two retired working horses I sponsored – Princes Risborough, UK
  722. Volunteer at a shelter
  723. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  724. Volunteer at “il Club di Guilietta” (ref ‘Letters to Juliet’) Italy
  725. Volunteer on a meal truck serving people who are homeless
  726. Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, UK
  727. Walk over Sydney Harbour Bridge
  728. Washington DC, USA
  729. Watch the sun rise and set at the horizon while at the Beach (obviously not at the same beach!  LOL!)
  730. Weekly massages and facials
  731. Westminster Abbey, UK
  732. Whitby Abbey Ruins, UK
  733. White Cliffs of Dover – from the water!
  734. White Pass and Yukon Railway (Skagway AK to Whitehorse, Canada)
  735. White Turf Race, St Moritz
  736. Whiteford Lighthouse, Wales UK
  737. Wigtown – Scotland’s National Book Town, Scotland UK
  738. Willard Hotel in Washington
  739. Willy Wilcox Cave, Quay Road, Polperro, Looe, PL13 2QZ, Cornwall UK
  740. Win Awards for my Photography
  741. Winchester Mystery House USA
  742. Windsor Castle, UK
  743. Windsor Ruins
  744. Winter Olympics in Whistler, Canada
  745. Winter – Scotland’s Enchanted Forest, UK
  746. Wistman’s Wood, Devon UK
  747. World’s oldest surviving Ferris Wheel – it is in Vienna and is BEAUTIFUL!
  748. Woven a basket from scratch, including creating the base in wood, drilling holes for the stays
  749. Wrap a Snake Around My Neck
  750. Write a song
  751. Write an Amazon #1 Best-Seller
  752. Ye Olde Trip to Jersulem – the oldest inn in England – Nottinghamshire, UK
  753. Yester Castle, East Lothian, Scotland, EH41

…and whatever you do, have FUN with it!

~ Bella

Jacobite Train (aka Hogwarts Express)

Voted several years in a row as the top rail journey in the world (Wunderlust Magazine), the Jacobite train trip in Scotland has been on my bucket list for some time. Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it visits Britain’s most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig; passes… Read more

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How to ACHIEVE What’s On Your Travel Bucket List?

It’s one thing to create a ‘travel bucket list’ but then what? How do you go about managing all the various places on your travel bucket list in such a way when you go off on an adventure, or go on holidays, that you are aware of what’s on your… Read more

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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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