Those of you who have followed my blog for a while may remember “Our 50 things” from 2015 and 2016. Each January we “really enjoy” drawing up a list of 50 things we would like to do or places we would like to visit, as a family, throughout the coming year. And by “really enjoy” I mean it causes A LOT of bickering and arguing.
This year was a little different. In January our lives changed and compiling our family fun list was the furthest thing from our minds. But a few weeks ago, when our minds were a little clearer, we decided to have a go at writing it. In fact it became really important that we did it despite what we are going through. Because I need our lives to continue as normally as they possibly can. If we don’t live life to the full, we allow cancer to take something special from us and it wins. That simply can’t be allowed to happen. So we wrote the list and we plan to do as many things from it as we can.
This year we even managed to write it without any major tantrums and I didn’t have to hit the bottle to get through it. Actually it’s more accurate to say I couldn’t reach for the wine – being slap bang in the middle of chemotherapy meant that wine tasted like vinegar!
We haven’t actually got 50 things on our list this year – my treatment schedule and the fact that we didn’t start thinking about it until 5 months into 2017 means that 50 would be overdoing it a little. And we lost the will! So 33 things it is 😁We usually only manage to do about a dozen anyway so it’s not going to restrict us too much. We’ve still got plenty of ideas to choose from. So here it is:
1. Be on a beach while it’s snowing -Looking forward to this one! 😬😬😬 Who’s idea was this????
2. Visit a tidal island – This seems to make it onto the list every year.
3. Visit Cardiff Bay – One of our favourite places to visit.
5. Do the London sights – This has been on our list for a few years but we haven’t done it. Mainly because we tend to gravitate to the country or coast rather than the big smoke and Ad is never too keen when it’s suggested. Maybe 2017 will be the year for it…
6. Harry Potter studio tour – We’ve heard good things about this.
7. Glamping – We quite fancy Gorsebank Glamping in Galloway and it does looks cool (although as far as I’m concerned it’s a bit closer to being actually camping than I’d like!)
9. Cycle the Camel Trail in Cornwall – We used to cycle a lot but haven’t done much in recent years. It’s also a bit trickier now we have a dog.
10. Visit Edinburgh – I would really love this one. So much to see…
11. Kew’s Treetop Walkway – The treetop canopy is 18 meters above the woodland floor! #moreheights 😬
12. Croome (NT) – Its been almost 3 years since we were at Croome. We need to go back.
14. Go karting – how did this sneak on there?!?
17. Museum – Good for a rainy day so there will be lots of opportunity given the British weather!!
18. Visit The Wash – A bay and estuary at the north-west corner of East Anglia, where Norfolk meets Lincolnshire. We didn’t have the best experience on the east coast last year so this isn’t top of the list for me.
19. Crosby beach sculptures – I’ve never been to Liverpool so I would really like to combine seeing the sculptures with a city break.
21. Walk on the Long Mynd (NT) – Ad and I got lost in thick fog on the Long Mynd about 20 years ago! Not sure I’ve been since.
22. The Yorkshire dales – A part of the UK we’ve never been to before.
23. Walk along Wenlock Edge (NT) – But not the whole 18 miles!!!
24. Visit an AONB not already on the list.
25. Go to watch athletics at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium.
26. Rutland Water – another of our family favourites. A very recent addition is an Aqua Park with great reviews. Can’t wait to try it out.
28. Family camping weekend – the boys camp quite a lot. Us girls are not overly keen. I like my home comforts too much and never used to be able to cope without my hairdryer and straighteners. So if we are going to do this we need to do it while I have no hair! #everycloud
29. Hurst castle – A castle on a shingle spit reaching out from Milford on Sea. What’s not to love?
30. Visit St Davids, Pembrokeshire – Britains smallest city.
31. Visit an inactive UK volcano – there are a few in Scotland so maybe we could combine this with a trip to Edinburgh???
32. Escape Room – Ad did this recently with work but it sounds like a fun thing to do with the kids.
33. Fritton Lake Outdoor Centre – Family activity park in Great Yarmouth with go-karts, rowing boat hire and open swimming. There’s bound to be a coffee shop for me!
So we have many things to do this year. Since Ad and I spend most of our spare time trying to encourage the kids to get out of their PJ’s I’d say the chance of doing more than a handful of these is low! But we’ll try!