40 things to do at 40 **CONTINUALLY UPDATED**

Now I have officially entered my 40th year, I shall be updating this list as I go along and writing accompanying blogs where appropriate:

  • Have a holiday  ** DONE!!
  • Plant a tree or something unusual in the garden to mark the occasion  ** DONE!!
  • Go skinny dipping
  • Self-publish The Four Matthews and Majella Bracebridge (probably only the former will be possible since I haven’t even finished the latter yet!)
  • See a show  ** DONE!!
  • Have a party  ** DONE!!
  • Have a birthday cake  ** DONE!!
  • Swim 40 lengths of a swimming pool (possibly for charity)  ** DONE!!
  • Donate £40 to a charity – ** DONE – £20 each to 2 charities, St Giles Hospice and St Basil’s
  • Visit Kew Gardens  ** DONE!!
  • Visit the Imperial War Museum  ** DONE!!
  • Visit a cheese factory / shop   ** DONE!!
  • Visit another kind of food/alcohol factory  ** DONE!!
  • Do something interesting with my hair  ** DONE!!
  • Have a personal shopper experience  ** DONE!!
  • Do a vineyard tour  ** DONE!!
  • Do a cookery course  ** DONE!!
  • Eat some new foods I haven’t tried before  ** DONE
  • Go for a long walk (e.g. the Cotswold Way)
  • Do a first aid course  ** DONE!!
  • Afternoon tea  ** DONE!!
  • Go to see an artiste I have always wanted to see in concert
  • Travel by a mode of transport I have never used before  ** DONE!!
  • Take a ride in a vintage car  ** DONE!!
  • Do a course in car maintenance or DIY  ** DONE!!
  • Meet at least one famous person – preferably an author  ** DONE!!
  • Go to a book signing  ** DONE!!
  • Meet Su Pollard (or another star of a Perry & Croft sitcom)  ** DONE!!  Not Su, but Ruth Madoc!!
  • Do something to commemorate what would have been my late dad’s 80th birthday   ** DONE!!
  • Do something to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nathan and I meeting  ** DONE!!
  • Do something to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary.  ** DONE
  • Be in the audience for Strictly Come Dancing  ** FAILED TO GET TICKETS FOR THE TV SHOW, BUT WENT TO SEE THE LIVE TOUR – AS I DO EVERY YEAR
  • Go to the Hay Festival  ** DONE!!
  • Try contact lenses  ** TRIED – DIDN’T LIKE!
  • Learn how to make soap or candles  ** DONE!!
  • Have a dedication (for either my birthday or our 10th wedding anniversary) read out on Paul O’Grady’s Radio 2 show.  ** THIS ONE FAILED, SADLY 😦 
  • See an Aardman character (preferably Shaun the Sheep) in the flesh, so to speak, or have some kind of experience related to Aardman Animations (who are also 40 this year)  ** DONE!!
  • Watch 40 classic old movies throughout the year that I have never seen:  ** DONE!!
    • Casablanca **WATCHED
    • Some Like It Hot **WATCHED
    • From Here to Eternity **WATCHED
    • The Philadelphia Story **WATCHED
    • Top Hat **WATCHED
    • Pal Joey **WATCHED
    • The Great Escape **WATCHED
    • On the Town **WATCHED
    • Gilda **WATCHED
    • Meet Me In St Louis **WATCHED
    • Easter Parade **WATCHED
    • The Breakfast Club **WATCHED
    • Sweet Charity **WATCHED
    • The Seven Year Itch **WATCHED
    • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes  **WATCHED
    • Road to Bali **WATCHED
    • The Italian Job  **WATCHED
    • Ocean’s Eleven **WATCHED
    • Anything Goes  **WATCHED
    • Citizen Kane **WATCHED
    • Brassed Off **WATCHED
    • Duck Soup **WATCHED
    • A Night at the Opera **WATCHED
    • Brief Encounter  **WATCHED
    • Breakfast at Tiffany’s **WATCHED
    • Pretty in Pink **WATCHED
    • It  **WATCHED
    • The Pajama Game **WATCHED
    • The Producers  **WATCHED
    • The Great Dictator **WATCHED
    • Jailhouse Rock **WATCHED
    • Let George Do It  **WATCHED
    • Bell-Bottom George **WATCHED
    • Absolute Beginners **WATCHED
    • All About Eve **WATCHED
    • White Christmas **WATCHED
    • Pillow Talk **WATCHED
    • The Godfather **WATCHED
    • The Godfather 2 **WATCHED
    • The Godfather 3 **WATCHED


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