Mutterings of a Fool

Man, Dad, Runner, Chief dog walker

My bucket list

I’ve seen a few people do this and you know what? I quite like. It both fits with my need to write lists and also provides some inspiration and motivation to actually DO something. It was harder than I expected to come up with lots of things and I may have cheated slightly by putting a few things that I’ve already done (gets the list going I say). But here it is, my bucket list, what do you think? If you’ve done one then please share, I think it gives quite an interesting insight into someone to see what they dream of doing.

  1. Go to New Zealand (Sep11)
  2. Have children (Apr11)
  3. Run a marathon (Oct13)
  4. Run an off road marathon (Done this and no.3 at the same time by completing the Broadway marathon Nov13)
  5. Complete a triathlon (Jul15)
  6. Go to Everest base camp
  7. Sea kayak with whales
  8. Go tornado chasing in Texas
  9. Learn how to make the perfect flat white
  10. Drive a rally car
  11. Fly a helicopter
  12. Learn to surf
  13. Have grandchildren
  14. Buy our dream detached Victorian house  (Not Victorian but I’m calling this farmhouse our dream home Sep18)
  15. Own a double cab pickup truck (bought and sold! Didn’t work out as a family car Dec17)
  16. Learn to snowboard
  17. Catch a trout on the fly
  18. Own a house with a driveway (Mar13)
  19. Train Bracken to find truffles
  20. Go camping with my child(ren) (Aug14)
  21. Go on the trans-siberian express from Russia to China
  22. Start my own business
  23. Pay off a mortgage
  24. Go on an African safari
  25. Eat in a Michelin starred restaurant
  26. Rear my own pigs (and eat them)
  27. Celebrate a 10th wedding anniversary (Aug15)
  28. Celebrate a 25th wedding anniversary
  29. Celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary
  30. Drive route 66
  31. Scuba dive on the great barrier reef
  32. Fly first class
  33. Go back to Italy to revisit our honeymoon destinations (one fabulous family holiday in Tuscany done! May19)
  34. Learn to speak another language (semi) fluently
  35. Visit Machu Picchu
  36. Go trekking in Patagonia
  37. See penguins in the wild
  38. Go on a carpentry course to learn how to make furniture
  39. Own a detached house
  40. Get a job that requires commuting for less than 30 minutes (Mar13)
  41. Teach Matilda how to ride a bike (took a while but now definitely mastered, so much so she now wants to do a triathlon)
  42. Own a holiday home
  43. Fly over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter
  44. Go Salmon fishing in Scotland
  45. Catch a Tuna
  46. By a house
  47. Learn how to use my DLSR properly (I’m saying done to this one as I shoot in manual almost all the time now, so clearly an expert! Dec13)
  48. Buy a pair of Oliver Sweeney shoes
  49. Have a suit tailor made
  50. Live in a house with an Aga


  1. Great lis! I’ve flown over the Grand Canyon in a Helicopter and it was fantastic! I’ve also poached one of your things – take the trans-siberian train from Russia to China – great idea!

    • We almost went travelling rather than buying a house and this was top of our list of things to do, you can do it as a 7 day non stop trip if you want, would be amazing scenery

  2. Great list, lots of interesting things to achieve on there. Think I might add ‘pay off a mortgage’ to my bucket list 🙂

  3. Great List, I especially love the celebrating wedding anniversaries & Having grandchildren one – makes you realise what is important in life. I would love to drive route 66 too!!, Thanks for joining in my 2012 Bucket List Blog Hop

    Clare x

  4. Great list. The family element in it is really quite lovely. And a great idea too. Mind if I shamelessly steal it for my blog?

  5. I’ve only done 24 & 37 and will be doing 27 in August.

    35 is something I’ve wanted to do forever….and 50, well, one day….

    I surmise from your list that you’re the outdoorsy type 😉

    I have been thinking of changing my 40 small ways to change my world on my blog to a bucket list, as I don’t seem to be changing much….

  6. 25 and 32 are both very enjoyable 🙂

  7. Liz (Margot&Barbara)

    December 12, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Nice to see that you’ve crossed off another one – I’d love to learn how to use a DSLR! Mind you, I think probably the first step is to own one…

    You’ve got a few things on this list that I’d love to do too. Although I’ve decided that I really and truly don’t want to run a marathon 🙂

  8. Victoria bay on the Southern Coast of South Africa have one of the most consistent waves in the world, go there for a week and you are bound to have a couple of day’s worth of memories to clear that one from your bucket list, and then you are also in range for your African Safari

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