Location: Hitchin Lavender, Hertfordshire
Happy Tuesday! I am so sorry but my blog post is one day late this week – I do have a good reason though! This weekend was incredibly busy and I barely had the time to sit down and write or edit photos. Sunday marked the 12 year anniversary of when my (now) husband asked me out and 12 years later we decided to celebrate by heading to some lavender fields at Hitchin Lavender. Visiting lavender fields has been something that I wanted to do for ages and now that I’ve done it, it got me thinking about all the other things that I want to do or add to my bucket list. Firstly I thought I would share them with my readers and secondly, what better way to remember them all then by listing them here! You’ll find a mix of bucket list ideas that I’ve done already, as well as ideas that I think are amazing and should be on your list!
Run Around Lavender Fields
Of course, I had to start this post with what I got up to this weekend. Running around, picking lavender is something that I have been wanting to do for ages and it did not disappoint! Now to visit lavender fields, I always thought I would have to visit somewhere like Provence in France to get to experience those pretty lilac fields. I did some research last week and turns out there is a lavender farm just one hour outside of London! Obviously, I rented a car ASAP and wanted to get there before the season closes. We drove out to Hitchin Lavender and saw some of the most beautiful scenery I have seen. The pictures pretty much speak for themselves and I am so happy with them! We had lunch and prosecco when we arrived – I normally don’t eat gluten but could not resist trying their lavender filo tart! It was so tasty and I really loved how everything paid some sort of tribute to the lavender plant. After lunch we wondered around the fields, picked lavender and took some lovely pictures. Hitchin Lavender is also home to a sunflower field right opposite, so once you are done from the lavender, you can move on to picking sunflowers. For dog lovers, you can bring your dog into the tea room and so we brought Luna the Frenchie. The only thing you need to be aware of is that dogs are only allowed in the tea room or up the pathway to the fields, but not in the actual fields themselves.
Run a Marathon
There are few moments in my life where I have been prouder of myself. Running the London Marathon in 2016 was such a big moment for me, and nothing can express the sheer joy and relief that overwhelms you when you cross the finish line. To be clear, a marathon is 42km!! I often hear people refer to any kind of distance as a marathon but no – a marathon is 42km worth of perseverance, pain and weeks worth of training. I’ve listed it amongst my bucket list ideas as although it’s tough and physically demanding, it goes to show your body can do anything if you train long and hard enough. Of course I don’t recommend embarking on such a challenge without checking with your doctor first or without at least 12 weeks worth of training. The cherry on the cake to all of this was raising £2000 for the Make A Wish Foundation, a charity which provides terminally ill children with one wish they have always wanted. Between the adrenaline from finishing the marathon to the joy at knowing you’ve given back to society, running a marathon is one of my top bucket list ideas.
Fly Away in a Hot Air Balloon
This is one of those bucket list ideas that I have yet to experience, but I have been wanting to do it for so so long! I don’t actually know what has stopped me doing it, but in my mind at least, the perfect picturesque hot air balloon ride of my dreams will happen in Cappadocia, Turkey. Ideally, a private hot air balloon ride over that surreal landscape, followed by a bubbly brunch. I think that this would make the perfect surprise for a special occasion and is such a once in a lifetime event.
Write a Book
Another one of my bucket list ideas that I have been wanting to do for years. I believe that everyone has a story to tell – everyone has something interesting to say and everyone has at least one book in them. I have actually started writing one myself a while ago, with the story and plot all agreed in my head. The problem is around the same time, I also started exploring the idea of creating my own blog and that actually appealed to me a little more. That being said, I fully intend to pick it up again one day
Visit Each Country in the World
If you have even glimpsed at my instagram feed or other pages on this blog, you would have noticed that I am addicted to travelling the world. Whether it’s Asia or South America or everything in between, I just love exploring new towns, cultures, cuisines and just new ways of life in general. There are things that you learn from spending time in new environments that you just can’t buy. It is for that reason, that I have added visiting each country in the world to my bucket list ideas. Of course, I am nowhere close to visiting each and every country, but I have covered 32 so far and I intend for it to keep going up as I get older. Me visiting so many different places is another reason I started this blog to begin with, because I wanted to actually do something with my holiday pictures and have some sort of record of my travels for the future members of my family to see. Hopefully, one day I will get to that stage where I can write all about all of those 195 countries and look back and say I’ve done it!
Leave a Legacy
I’ve been alluding to this last point throughout this post on bucket list ideas. One point that really means a lot to me is leaving behind a legacy so that during the time I was here, I did something useful and made the smallest of changes to make someone’s life better. This does not have to be anything grand – it could be supporting your local animal shelter during your free time, running a marathon to raise money for a cause that means a lot to you or something as basic as helping someone younger than you with their CV or needing work advice. We are so fortunate with what we have and I do feel really lucky every day. Let’s not waste that and do our best to give back to those who are not as lucky as we are.
There you have it – just a few of my bucket list ideas that I wanted to share. Of course, there are so many more, but I wanted to keep the post quite concise, with just a few items to aim for over the coming years. What are your bucket list ideas? Would love to hear more about your own ambitions and goals in the section below!