The Bucket Residence


I'll admit I'm no spring chicken, but I'm not quite ready to hang up my brogues just yet.

The folks at Money Supermarket have set a Budget Bucket List competition to bloggers and Carolyn of Forever Scarlet challenged myself, Willow LaneSilver Brogues to write up our own bucket lists. Money Supermarket's only stipulation is there be at least one budget and one extravagant thing on your list. The winner gets £1000 to help them cross something off their list.

This challenge is great fun, but it's brought up some thoughts of missed opportunities & "what ifs." I am a creature of comfort but there is always an underlying thought at the back of everyone's head saying "I'd love to try that" - other than money, what is stopping us?

So here's a few of the things I'd like to do before I kick the bucket with my stylish, yet affordable, shoes.

It's the little things that sometimes make us the happiest, so let's start with the Budget List.
  • Own a house rabbit. I love rabbits. It's an enduring love since I read Watership Down as a kid. Rabbits can be litter trained like a cat and they don't cost much to feed plus how amazing would it be to have a bunny curled up on the sofa beside you!! But I have a cat (I plan to write about this little beast in the future) and I can envisage him enjoying the rabbit in a different manner.
  • Make myself a pair of trousers. I am a failed sewer. I admit it. I have all the kit, I've been to the classes and yet, I don't actually see the construction through to the end. I procrastinate and make excuses; I've this in-built fear of wasting things that I purposely leave things incomplete so I can say I didn't finish it rather than I messed it up. I know how foolish this sounds; sewing is a relatively forgiving craft - just unpick and go again. I just need to get over my doubts.
  • Write a book. I think this will feature on many bloggers' lists. I write every day in my work and in my spare time, but I don't have the patience or confidence to challenge myself to write something on a bigger scale. Now, I don't mean War & Peace; let's just say a bit more than a Mr Men book. 
Now for the Extravagant List (I've had to limit & edit this several times)
  • Have my own action figure: Ridiculously indulgent and more than a little narcissistic. As a kid, I grew up with He-Man, M.A.S.K & Thundercats (I still watch them now thanks to Netflix) & I played with the toys until the paint came off. Having my own action figure would be a little bit of childhood nostalgia for this man with acute Peter Pan Syndrome.
  • See the Northern Lights: Travel to Svalbard, stay in an icehouse; the works. This is the place that ignites my wanderlust. I've seen some amazing sights and places around the world, but this is something that little bit different.
  • Launch a clothing line: I am a short guy. Most men's clothes do not cater to us. I've had to have leg, sleeve & body lengths adjusted in the past. I'd like to offer those men like me an alternative; stylish clothes that fit.

I decided to keep both lists to 3 points - no point in making a list of things I can never hope to accomplish.

I'm laying down the gauntlet to Sonny's Mummy, The Agoraphobic Fashionista & The Ged Lab: let's see what's on your list! 

(Images taken from web)

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  1. Replies
    1. Thanks - I'm looking forward to reading your list!

  2. Great ideas - we should do a sewing class together - a talent I would love to have!

  3. And as my post has just gone up, I'll just mention I've nominated you for the Liebster Award - head on over to to have a look!

  4. I think I need a refresher course, I've picked up bad habits and a severe case of laziness of late! There's bound to be some crafy bloggers we could call on for lessons.
    I just read your post - great set of questions & thank you for the nomination :D


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