The 'Things to Do Before...' List
I am now at the stage (or should that be age?) that my current list is almost 80% of the way through 'Things to do before I am 50', so, without further ado, here's what was on that list:
- Become (and stay) completely debt free: my journey towards debt freedom was a long and arduous one. From that light-bulb moment in 1999 it took me until 2007 to finally get into a situation that allowed me to start some serious moneysaving. DONE
- Sail on the MV Balmoral to the Isle of Man: Managed this in 2008 with a day trip during the TT, so I can now say I have witnessed that spectacle, too. DONE
- Sail on a SeaCat or high speed catamaran: Sailed to Belfast from Stranraer on the HSS Voyager and had a fabulous day site seeing in and around the city in an open top double decker bus! September 2009. DONE
- Buy a house without a mortgage: This is the challenge thread from MSE summarising the journey that brought us here in April 2011. DONE
- Have a garden with a stream running through it, an orchard, a pond, ducks and chickens: We had to dig the pond and plant the orchard first - June 2011 DONE
- Walk to the top of the Merrick (highest point in Dumfries and Galloway). August 2012 DONE
- Walk to the summit of Ben Nevis (highest point in Scotland and the UK). May 2013 DONE
- Visit the Giant's Causeway - August 2013 DONE
- Walk across the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge - August 2013 DONE
- See the Aurora Borealis (A friend gets a mention in this video)
Another great day trip, sailing to Belfast on board the HSS Voyager. Once in Belfast, we did the open top bus tour of the city - this was my first visit to Northern Ireland. Again, at this point, I had no way of knowing that I would, one day, be able to walk half a mile from my front door and, on a clear day or evening, see right over to the Mountains of Mourne in County Down. (Sadly, this boat was scrapped in 2013 - is it just me or am I a jinx to boats?)
Last year, we happened to be driving past the Galloway Forest Park and decided to visit what's known as Bruce's Stone, which overlooks Loch Trool. Coincidentally, this is also a starting point for walking up the Merrick, so that is exactly what we did. The rain beat us on the way back down but the sun shone enough to get the views from the top and bag myself the highest trig point in the British Isles.
The half century will be upon me before the end of 2014 and, to date, I have somehow managed to achieve 70% of this 'to do' list, but I class all of the items as achievable and will have a whole new list prepared by the time I reach 50. If I can't catch sight of those Northern Lights before then, I'll substitute with something else and move the elusive lights onto my 'Things to do before I'm 55' list. :)
Recently, I took part in a bloggers' competition where about 150 of us had to write about our bucket lists. This was my entry.
Amidst this eco-renovation, I am still confident that I can complete my list before I reach 50, but that tenth item is going to be a real challenge. I have now begun planning my next trip to Northern Ireland to tick off numbers 8 and 9 from my list, with a challenge budget of £100.00, so watch this space...
You know what this means... I have only one item left on this list and will now need to begin putting together another one.