My 50 Before 50 list was started two years ago on my 48th birthday. As I've now turned 50, it's time up! So how have I done.
First of all, for those of you who don't know what I'm on about, you can see the list and read all about it, including how I was getting on at various stages over the two years, in the following posts.
50 Before 50 - Part One
50 Before 50 - Part Two
50 Before 50 - Update 1
50 Before 50 - Update 2
50 Before 50 - Update 3
So how did I do? Well, here's the complete list. Those things I completed are show in red and any blog posts I wrote about them can be seen by clicking on the appropriate link.
1. Keep a journal. Keeping A Journal.
2. Start swimming regularly. Swimming.
3. Get my fortune read. I had every intention of seeing Lee Ester Alita Lee, the spiritualist clairvoyant who has a kiosk in Whitby but she was closed when we visited. I decided I'd see her the next time we went to Whitby but, unbelievably, she was closed again. Never mind, I'm sure we'll be back to Whitby again soon and perhaps she'll be open next time.
4. See a Shakespeare play. I've only seen one Shakespeare play advertised at a convenient location to me since I set this challenge and it was on a date I couldn't make. I thought I'd have my pick of plays to choose from as I thought Shakespeare would be more popular.
5. Finish Joyful World cross stitch. I still love this cross stitch design but I just wasn't enjoying working on it. You can read about my decision to call it a day in my More Than I Can Chew post.
6. Visit Wales. Weekending In Wales.
7. Take a boat ride. Messing About On The Water.
8. Sleep in a caravan. This is one which Mick was glad we didn't get round to. He likes his luxuries when he's on holiday and has never fancied camping in a caravan or a tent.
9. Read Wuthering Heights. Wuthering Heights.
10. Book on to a workshop or course. Since buying my sewing machine, I thought a sewing workshop or course would be ideal but seeing as I still haven't even taken the machine out of the box yet, I haven't looked for a course. This is one I shall definitely do at some time in the future though.
11. Fly a kite. Let's Go Fly A Kite.
12. Have a health check. I had intended to book for a well woman check up at my doctor's surgery, I haven't done that but I did have a mammogram so I'm counting this as done. Screening for breast cancer begins at the age of 50 in the UK but there's trials happening where you're invited sooner and this is why I was offered a mammogram at the age of 48. I've got a smear test due next month which I'll definitely attend. I've also had my blood pressure measured as the nurse keeps an eye on this when I go for my vitamin B12 injections. All the tests that I have had have come back fine.
13. Explore Leeds Art Gallery. I made arrangements to visit the gallery right at the beginning of this challenge and then found out that it was closed for refurbishment. I never got round to rearranging a visit.
14. Visit a Christmas market. The Wanderer Returns.
15. Have a manicure. This is something I'd still like to do at some point. I usually keep my nails quite short and I'm not one who paints their nails so this would be a bit of a treat.
16. Subscribe to a magazine. Simply Knitting.
17. Pick fruit at a Pick Your Own farm. I really miss the strawberries I used to get from my allotment so I'm a bit disappointed that I didn't get round to this. Perhaps next year.
18. Try a food I've never tried before. Black Pudding. - Weekending In Wales. Scallops - These Are Not Just Yellow Stickers.
19. Take a train ride. I live in a small town and we're very lucky to have not one but two railway stations here, both within walking distance from where I live, yet I rarely use them even though I love travelling by train. I shall endeavour to take a train ride very soon.
20. Take part in a charity walk. Bark In The Park.
21. Lose two stone. Big fail. Least said!
22. Touch the white horse of Kilburn. Horsing Around.
23. Go to the opera. Though we've never been to the opera before, Mick's quite enthusiastic about going to see a performance so I'm sure we'll get round to this in the future.
24. Watch a whole cricket match. I still haven't watched a whole cricket match, even though Mick plays every week in summer. I must make more of an effort.
25. Go to Blackpool to see the illuminations. Blackpool Illuminations.
26. Visit the Lake District. I was hoping that I'd get to visit the beautiful Lake District whilst doing this challenge. I don't live that far away so it's surprising I've never been before but it's still on my list of places to visit so I hope to get there soon.
27. Use my camera more on manual settings. I'm afraid I don't use my DSLR very often these days. I really wanted a zoom lens for it but they're rather expensive so I bought myself a Panasonic DMC-FZ72 bridge camera instead as this camera has a 60X zoom. I actually find it easier to carry this around instead of the Nikon DSLR and I tend to use it with it's pre set functions.
28. Have a go at needle felting. I haven't touched the kit which was bought for me for Christmas a few years ago. I shall get round to it at some point.
29. Take a trip to the cinema. I very rarely go to the cinema but Eleanor and I had decided to go and see the new Mamma Mia! film, we just never made it for one reason or another.
30. Do the Leeds Owl Trail. I thought this would be something to do on a quiet Sunday afternoon but it's something I just never got round to.
31. Go on a picnic. I've been on many picnics over the last two years as we usually take a picnic with us whenever we go out for the day. We've enjoyed picnics at the coast and picnics in the countryside. Mick always makes the picnics and he always makes a good job of it, he packs some scrummy treats.
32. Read all the Harry Potter books. Harry Potter.
33. Watch all the Harry Potter films.
34. Go to the ballet. I haven't been yet but I do have the tickets bought and paid for. Eleanor and I are going to see The Nutcracker in the lead up to Christmas. You can read about it in my Christmas Cracker post.
35. Visit Scotland. Weekending In Scotland.
36. Have a massage. I could have ticked this one off the list when we went on holiday this year as they have a spa at the place where we stay. It's something I'd have done if we'd stayed in the lodge more but we didn't hang around the accommodation very much with the weather being so good.
37. Take an overnight trip with Eleanor. This is something I really wanted to do but with Eleanor being away at university and Mick having to be at home if I'm away to take care of Archie we just never sorted out the dates.
38. Climb Flamborough lighthouse. Flamborough Lighthouse.
39 Go on a ghost hunt. They do ghost walks and bus tours of haunted places in York which I think would have been fun but it's something else I just never got round to.
40. Watch a sunset from a beach. Sunset.
41. Go for afternoon tea. Mick isn't one for afternoon tea so I thought it would be something nice to do with Eleanor. We'll definitely do it at some point in the future.
42. Treat myself to something I really want. A Gift To Me From Me.
43. Adopt an animal for charity. Redwings.
44. Finish the Spice Of Life crochet blanket. I'm afraid this is a big fail, I just wasn't enjoying working on this blanket so I ended up pulling it out. You can read about it in my Rip It Up And Start Again post.
45. Send a message in a bottle. I had second thoughts about this one. I'm sure everyone is aware of the plastic pollution in our oceans and many of us are trying to cut down on our use of plastic and reduce the amount of plastic we buy. I certainly don't want to add to the problem so I decided I wouldn't send a message in a bottle.
46. Engage in social media. I've never had accounts with Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, my blog is really the only social media that I engage in but I had intended to give Instagram a go. I'm a bit of a technophobe so I still haven't quite plucked up the courage to dip my toe in the water, but it's something that I do still intend to do at some point, especially now that I've got an iPad, which Mick bought me for my birthday.
47. Visit a craft show. Spring Into Wool 2017. Nottingham Yarn Expo 2017.
48. Attend the Christmas lights switch on. Christmas Lights Switch On.
49. Grow a tree from a pip. Edward VII And Ashmead's Kernel.
50. Explore Nottingham. Wollaton Hall. Shopping In Nottingham.
So there you have it. I've only managed to tick off twenty five things, and to be honest, some of the ones which haven't been crossed off could have easily been done. What this list has done is encourage me to do some of the things I've been wanting to do for a long time but just haven't got around to, such as Visit Scotland, Read Wuthering Heights and Watch a Sunset From a Beach. I think the thing I enjoyed the most was my trip to Wales, I discovered a part of the UK which I fell in love with and will most certainly visit again.
I may now be 50 but I intend to keep going with the list and cross off some more things. It's definitely been a fun thing to do.