Blimey, where did that month go?!
I just want to tell you that we completed the 24 box set last night and OMG what a finale! Best 50 quid we ever spent. It's like watching one massive long movie that goes on for hours and hours (and hours). Recommend it to anyone who loves high octane action and thrill, not to mention a good deal of intrigue. It took me 10 years before I made time to sit down and watch it end to end, but so glad I have now.
Before I attempt to tell you all about my awesome month of travel - coming to you a week later than planned - here's a 30 Things project update for May:
Guess what - sorting out my storage and building a new desk area for the office are still "in progress"...
I can however tick off items 3 & 4 with a smidge of 30. I had a fabulous time on the sleeper train up to Scotland and then cruising around Edinburgh on our trike was magic! Can't even begin to describe Cuba to you (but I will definitely try in my next Blog post) and when I say a smidge of 30, I did walk part of the Thames Trail along South Bank. Still a fair bit to experience though, with my particular interest being the sections including Hampton Court Palace and Kew Gardens, and the most stunning part of the Thames Valley from Marlow to Cookham.
With the photography course (and tour of London) under my belt, along with the London Eye ride, next week I'm planning to visit my old Primary and Junior school to create a children's story with the kids. Providing the weather improves, I'm also flying a Tiger Moth next weekend.
On the slightly smaller list of "Unofficial Things to do before I'm 30" - still eBaying like crazy trying to clear the decks, garden re-design is now complete, large guest bedroom now ready to be decorated at some point, discussion for living room overhaul well under way... and an England International Friendly on home turf at Wembley has been attended.
So until the next time!
1. DONE - Fly First Class long haul from anywhere to anywhere
2. DONE - Take a photography course
3. DONE - Experience the Caledonian sleeper train to Scotland & ride around Edinburgh in a funky Billy Connolly style Trike
4. DONE - Visit 1 of the countries in my Top 3 “before it changes forever” list - Cuba
5. IN PROGRESS - Sort out proper storage for my favourite belongings
6. DONE - Try 3 new variations of foods
7. Walk the beautiful Jurassic Coastline
8. DONE - Complete a family tree with at least 50 people on it
9. DONE - Fun family photo shoot
10. BOOKED - Fly in a Tiger Moth
11. BOOKED - Tandem sky dive
12. DONE - Bake a marble cake just like my mum’s
13. DONE - Make a decent curry
14. Finish writing the Dalton Trilogy
15. IN PROGRESS - Self publish an informative eBook or a children's book on Amazon
16. Publish a paid article
17. Feature photos on shutterstock.com
18. Catalogue my last 10 years of travels
19. Lose 14 lbs
20. Host a dinner party from scratch (3 courses)
21. IN PROGRESS - Build a new desk area for the office
22. BOOKED - Do 1 presentation to an audience
23. DONE - Ride the London Eye
24. Interview 3 Indie authors from Twitter
25. (Market and) sell 100 copies of Little Child
26. Take a weekend TEFL course
27. DONE - Achieve 3000 unique visitor hits on my website in a month (Feb 2012 was 2816)
28. Make some serious progress on my Writers Bureau course
29. Local book signing
30. IN PROGRESS - Walk parts of the Thames Trail
Really excited about what June has in store, not to mention the Euro 2012 footie. Giant St George flag flapping on the side of the house in the unseasonable June gale force winds as we speak! I wonder how many hours of football I can clock up watching on the box? Hoping to catch as many games as poss... although looking at the items I have left, it's almost time to get my head down for some serious studying / writing / promo work to make the second half of the list happen before November 6th...
Blogging is an amazing concept so here I am giving it a whirl. You'll get words. You'll get pics. Sometimes a vid or two. You'll get tongue in cheek, the odd humble opinion and an honest insight into my travels and writing life. Maybe even a few gems along the way. I'll be musing on home turf as I see more and more of the UK and sharing my experiences further afield on holidays and adventurous trips across the globe.