A Summer Bucket List


Last Friday’s post inspired me to do a summer bucket list.  Here goes …

1. Gardening.

As some of you may know, we moved into a new house last May.  And while we’re mostly settled, there are still a lot of things to be done, especially outdoors.  The plan is to section the garden where we can plant a few vegetables away from little T’s play area.  That way (hopefully), there won’t be any accidents, like plants being trodden on or broken by a stray ball or child.

I also want to plant some flowers and herbs.  When I say “plant” it mostly means helping the husband out, since he is the one with a green thumb.  I have been known to kill plants by over-watering them.

2. Play Area for T

In the summer time (or maybe even before T breaks up for school), we can finally purchase a trampoline for T and have the time to set it up, and find a proper designated spot for her paddling pool.  You see, most of the garden slopes a bit and we want to find an area that is flat, if not find ways to make it flat.  A paddling pool that tilts won’t be any fun at all.

We also want to set up proper wooden swings in the garden.  We’re lucky to have some trees with branches that look strong enough to hold swings, so hopefully, we’ll be able to put up at least a couple of them for T and her friends to swing in.

3.  Get Organised 

As mentioned, while we are mostly settled and only have a few boxes left, there are still loads to do and stuff to sort out.  The boot room is a mess and you can hardly find anything in our cupboard under the stairs.  Not to mention, pictures, and paintings to be hang on the wall.

4.  Host BBQs and Pool Parties

Once the garden has been tended, the bbq cleaned, it would also be nice to host a few bbqs and pool parties for friends and family.  It helps when you’ve also become friends with the parents of your children’s friends.  When their invited, it’s usually a family affair which is even more fun.

5.  Camping

We love camping.  We also hope to do more of this in the summer break.  Here’s hoping though that the weather will cooperate.  It doesn’t even have to be far, though I would love to go camping somewhere in Wales. But actually, anywhere is good.

6.  Walks on the beach and woods.

We’re lucky to live in by the beach and also some woods nearby.  When the husband isn’t busy, it’s easy for us to just jump in our car and have a little play on the beach, whether it’s rock-pooling, beach combing, or just lazying around on the sand.  Same goes for exploring more of the woods or even some that are a bit of a drive away.

7. Road trips

As mentioned, we also plan to do loads of road trips to Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park.   We’ve never been so we’re really looking forward to that and also exploring the area.  Maybe even staying the night somewhere.

We also plan to utilise our National Trust and English heritage memberships more this summer, especially since we’ve hardly used both this year.

8. Visit London and Watch Matilda

It’s been awhile since we’ve visited the capital.  I think the last time we visited was in December 2014 when we watched The Snowman.  It’s about time we visited again and watched another show, especially since T seems to love musicals.

 That’s about it for now, I won’t be surprised though if I end up adding more to this list, but hopefully, we will be able to tick all of them off before the summer ends.

What about you?

Do you have a summer bucket list too?

Do share.

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I'm a part-time writer, full-time mother and dog-walker living in a small English village by the sea with my husband, daughter and a dog named Doc.


  1. Loving this summer list – I would definitely have gardening and creating a play area on mine!! It’s been ages since I’ve been to London, but have heard amazing things about Matilda! I would very much like to see it! Looking forward to reading a post about that if you do go!

    • Same here. Really looking forward to watching Matilda, and yes, we’ve heard loads of good reviews about it to. x

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    You should definitely go camping in Wales, Snowdonia is beautiful I love that place. If you wanted to do some wild camping you should head to Dartmoor, it’s allowed there.

    • I think I’ve read your post on Snowdonia and it does look lovely. We also have close friends who regularly go there too, so hopefully we’ll manage to go camping there this summer 🙂

  3. THIS SOUNDS LIKE THE BEST BUCKET LIST! Camping, beach walks and bbq/garden parties?! Us too! We’re hoping to sort our garden out this summer too but neither of us are very green-thumbed so may prove tricky! Cant wait to read about all your summer adventures!
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    • Thank you! 🙂 Here’s hoping for a “proper” summer with not much rain 😉

  4. I think walking around beaches and woods is one of my favourite things to do in the summer so its definitely on my bucket list x

  5. We’re going camping again this year. Most of the holidays we’ll be working/at holiday club so there’s not much time to play with. We camped at Weymouth last year and did the sea life centre. Take swimming clothes for paddling for the kids – we didn’t realise they had a splashzone there.
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    • Oh thank for the heads-up Emma, will definitely bring swim clothes for T 🙂 x

  6. This sounds like a fabulous bucket list. Summer is such a great time for having so much fun outdoors too. I’m just chatting with my son about making a summer bucket list – I think it’s a fabulous idea.

    • Making a summer bucket list, is great isn’t it – especially when one doesn’t have any plan on going abroad for their holidays this year, like us 😉

    • I hear you. The weather was okay today, but apparently tomorrow is horrible again 🙁

    • Same here, though I probably wouldn’t call it a bomb site, more like a little forest, especially since we haven’t had the time nor the right kind of weather to mow the lawn!

    • Oh it’s fun! Although to be fair, we only have one child… so good luck! 😉

    • Oh you’re so right about the Snow Man. T was so amazed when the Snowman started flying. Later I said, wasn’t that magic T? She turned to me and said “No mum. There was a string on his back!”

    • How exciting! But chances are, they might not sleep much because of the excitement of it all 😉

  7. Gardening is on my number one list too – it’s just so hard with this on and off weather! I’d like flowers and herbs one day too haha. We moved into our place nearly two years ago now and it’s still on the list… oh dear.

    I want camping too but have no idea when to go or where either.
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    • Don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll manage to tick off your list little by little 😉 x

    • We had some plans going abroad too, just the nearby countries, but because of the recent Brexit, I’m not sure we’ll be able to afford it. Who knows, things might have just calmed down by then and then we’ll manage to go.

    • Looks like you have some lovely plans too! Would love to be able to visit Charmouth again.

  8. Great ideas! I should do a bucket list too. I’m hoping to hold a few bbqs this summer (if it ever starts!)

    • It is indeed and we haven’t solved that problem yet. Said paddling pool is still in its box!

  9. I like your bucket list is always good to stay organised you get to achieve more things. I love the idea of camping, it must be one hell of an adventure. x

    • My daughter loves camping… now if only the weather will cooperate 😉

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