Ticking Off Our Bucket & Spade List

Marais Poitevin Bucket List

Hello! Autumn is here, it’s official! So, great time to look back at our summer in France. You may have seen that each of us made our own Bucket and Spade Lists for the things we wanted to do this summer. How did we get on?  Did we fill our buckets with fun and adventure? Take a look:

Mum’s Bucket List:

  • Visit French Markets and Brocantes/Vide Grenier – we definitely managed the markets, several times (see our post 6 Things to Love About French Markets), although not the Brocantes/Vide Grenier this time I’m afraid, apart from the ‘Charity Shop’  Hope Foundation barns in Lezay which have lots of exciting treasures.

    Chickens at French Market
    Hugo and the chickens at the market “Please can we buy them?”
  • A trip to the Marais Poitevin – YES my lovely husband actually took us here without telling us where we were going! As it wasn’t an organized visit we didn’t go on a boat as we had the dog with us, but I can tick it off my list anyway, and it was very pretty.  I also shared a ‘My Sunday Photo‘ here.
    Marais Poitevin Bucket List
    Boats on the Marais Poitevin

    Marais Poitevin on my Bucket List
    Beautiful Marais Poitevin
  • Visit the coast (La Rochelle area)- we didn’t get here this time, but we’ve been before so not too disappointed.
  • Do a Cognac distillery tour – we decided against this as we thought the kids would be bored!
  • Take the children to a theme park – We didn’t manage this either. Paul reckoned it would probably kill me, and he’s right, especially considering how hot it was!!
  • Take some photos of sunflowers (I haven’t taken any so far in all the time I’ve been coming here – unbelievable!) – I managed a few, but only on my phone and not the close-ups I was hoping for. I shared some in Sunsets and Sunflowers Abound, and here are a couple more.

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  • Do some crafts and have quiet times with the boys – Yes, I managed to do some crochet, and Toby did a lovely painting on canvas. Hugo started to make an Egyptian Sarcophagus, but didn’t finish. It got so hot that, to be honest, none of us felt like doing very much really.

    Toby's crafts on bucket list
    Toby’s Painting
  • Have dinners outdoors- Yes we did, although not as often as you might think! Extreme heat and extreme flies meant we were often forced indoors.
  • Do some star gazing with the boys – What a brilliant night! We viewed the Perseid Meteor shower by going down to the swimming pool at just before midnight, lying on sun loungers together all cuddled up, and marveling at the wondrous sight that nature provided. Very special!

    Perseid Meteor Shower and Milky Way
    Perseid Meteor Shower and Milky Way
  • Have a lakeside picnic – well, kind of! At the Marais Poitevin we did try, but although there was a lot of water, there were very few places along the way to stop for a picnic. Eventually, we found a place which wasn’t quite ‘lakeside’ or ‘riverside’, but the river wasn’t far away!

Dad’s Bucket List:

  • Go canoeing on the Charente river – sadly not. We all changed our minds about this. I think we got more tired as the days got hotter, and all decided it was too much effort in the heat!
  • Make our garden nicer – yes, I did lots of jobs in the garden when I could. Nothing major, but some lovely flowering plants which I wish we could have brought home, and lots of cutting back as the trees and bushes grow at an alarming rate!

    Garden flowers watering can
    Garden flowers ready for planting
  • Have some family picnics – yes, see Mum’s list above. Maybe not as many as we thought we would, but a few anyway.

    Family Picnic on Bucket List
    Family picnic
  • Visit French Markets eg Lezay – Absolutely, we went to Lezay several times and I bought some lovely breads and my favourite cheeses and olives!
  • Visit a night market eg Villefagnan – Oh no! We didn’t get around to this and I’m really sorry as I’d have loved to. I think we were always too tired by the evenings!

Hugo’s Bucket List:

  • Go to a theme park eg Futuroscope – Nope (see Mum’s list above)
  • Do some crafts – Well, we started but didn’t quite finish (see above again)
  • Make some videos for YouTube – Yes! Hugo did a review of a diving mask he bought, and tried recording some games on the Xbox. We also started a ‘How To’ of the Sarcophagus but didn’t finish it.

    Diving Mask
    Diving Mask
  • Have a family picnic – yes, see above
  • Play on the new inflatables in the pool – oh yes! This is what they did most of as the weather was so hot!
  • Go on a jet ski – sadly you have to be a bit older, so we’ll save this for another year.
  • Try quad biking – we need to be a bit older for this too.
  • Visit the seaside – we didn’t get there this time, but we live by the sea so we’ll do it at home!
  • Read the whole of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – we finished readig this and also started the new book ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’

    A Harry Potter and Charity Shop Fan
    A Harry Potter and Charity Shop Fan
  • Go to Lezay Market and the ‘dog charity’ place – yes, we managed this a couple of times, and Hugo got another Harry Potter book and the local version of Monopoly Poitou Charentes and Game of Life.

    Hope Founation
    Hope Foundation Charity Shop Barns

Toby’s Bucket List:

  • Canoeing/Kayaking – we gave up on this idea (see Dad’s list)
  • Go to Zoodyssey (we’ve been before but Toby loves it, especially the foxes and raccoons, and holding the snakes) – yes, we did this again when Nana and Grandad were here (Mummy stayed home with the dog!)
  • Pool activities and games – lots and lots! We had so much fun in the pool, as it was often too hot to do anything else!

    Playing pool games bucket list
    Playing pool games
  • Go to a restaurant – Toby chose the restaurant as he wanted it to be ‘quite posh’! We went to Cafe PorteBleue, a gorgeous English-run restaurant in Vertuille which we love, and had a lovely time. We also went to the Mad Hatter’s Kitchen a few times too, which we always enjoy, and a beautiful place in Brantome.

    Toby in Cafe PortBleue
    Toby in Cafe PortBleue
  • Make a vlog video – Hugo did most of the vlogging this time, but Toby did take part in a Go-Pro bike ride video which we still need to edit (*reminder* Mum, get editing!!)

It feels like we didn’t do too much for 6 whole weeks away, in fact we probably did more in the May holidays in 2 weeks. It was really, really hot though, and quite often we just couldn’t bear the thought of trailing around somewhere in such heat. Plus Mummy’s heart gets quite poorly in the heat so we have to be careful. We didn’t do too bad with our Bucket List though, did we? We’ve certainly made lots more happy memories to treasure from our time in France.

Now, what to do in the Autumn? Have you made an Autumn Bucket List? If you’ve blogged it, leave a link –  we’d love to read it. Or tell us in the comments what you have got planned.

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51 Replies to “Ticking Off Our Bucket & Spade List”

  1. Great post – and even though you didn’t get everything done that you wanted to over the summer, it certainly looks like you achieved a lot!
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    1. Thanks, yes we’re more than happy with our little list!

  2. Sounds like the most amazing few weeks away! xxx
    Catherine @pushingthemoon recently posted…Blackberries, Felbrigg Hall and Prancing Deers #LittleLovesMy Profile

    1. It was lovely, thank you Catherine x

  3. A while 6 weeks in France?! I’m sooooo jealous. You may not have done everything on your lists but you certainly did plenty and sounds like you had a really great family holiday spending precious time together and that’s what counts x
    Alana – Burnished Chaos recently posted…When You Need To Take A Step BackMy Profile

    1. It is absolutely what counts Alana – thank you for your comments xx

  4. Sounds like you had an amazing time! Even if you didn’t manage to tick everything off. I love that you called it a Bucket & Spade list too!

    1. Thanks Sarah, looking at the list together makes me realise just how much we managed to do too.

  5. I think you did really well – you never tick off everything on a list like this, and what you did do sounds amazing. The Marais Poitevin looks absolutely beautiful! I find extreme heat makes it harder to get things done too – it’s exhausting. It sounds like you’ve all had a wonderful time away with loads of quality family time – perfect in my book! Thanks so much for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    1. Thanks Katy, I think overall it was a success too xx

  6. Great to read that you did at least some of the things on your bucket and spade list. #FabFridayPost

    1. Thanks Helena, yes I’m happy we got through quite a few!

  7. Such a lovely bucket list! A cognac tour would be awesome! #sharingthebloglove

    1. I know Kat, think we’ll have to do it next time for sure!

  8. Looks like a pretty packed summer to me! I miss France, its the best! #bigpinklink

    1. It was pretty full actually!

    2. It was certainly packed enough for me. France is lovely, isn’t it?

  9. You did a great job and got through most of it to call it a success. it was such a good idea. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove x
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    1. Thank you Laura, it was at least a success to keep my kids entertained and prevent them from killing each other!

  10. This just sounds like the perfect summer to me and I love all of your photos, what a beautiful place, I really need to visit France a little more.

    1. Thanks Mandy, that’s a huge photo compliment coming from you. We really like France (as you an probably tell!) so would highly recommend it!

  11. An autumn bucket list is such a good idea, I must get onto it, loved this post.
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    1. Thanks Rachel, must get on with mine too!

  12. Awesome, it sounds like you packed loads in this summer! Gorgeous photos too, Marais Poitevin (I think I spelt it right!) looks really beautiful.
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    1. That’s right Jess! Yes it was really pretty, so glad we made it there xx

  13. Wow, that sounds like an amazing trip and you certainly got lots of great stuff done! It’s always nice to have things to look forward to and you can look forward to ticking more off soon! #tuesdaytreasures

    1. Thanks Vicki, I think it helped us focus and let the kids do some things they wanted too. We’ll definitely try the rest next time.

  14. Wow you’ve all achieved so much. It looks beautiful and so much fun! I think I would have given up on canoeing too.

    1. Glad I’m not the only one Kirsty! I think we’d have done it if the kids were more keen. Maybe next time!

  15. It is so hard to complete a bucket list – I find. I did it last year and never again. lol! I like to go with the flow. But looks like you have achieved so much together as a family. Well done! I really love the Marais Poitevin. It is sooo pretty! 🙂 Thank you so much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost xx
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    1. It is hard to complete, but luckily we just used it as a guide to make sure everyone got to do something they wanted. I found it helped motivate the kids too.x

  16. Oh brilliant! This sounds amazing. We were in France near-ish Bordeaux and by gosh was it hot!! We could barely do a thing. We also watched the Perseid meteor shower there too. Love this post. Thanks for linking up with the #bigpinklink
    Louise Pink Pear Bear recently posted…Etna Pizza with Pizza Express and DeliverooMy Profile

    1. Yes we’re not far from Bordeaux so probably had similr weather. Thank you for your comments, it means a lot x

  17. I know that you didn’t manage to do all things you wanted, you had a jolly good go and have things on your list for next time. It looks like you had a great time. Thanks for joining the #weekendblogshare
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    1. You’re right Hannah, we will have a good starting point for next time. I hadn’t thought of it like that before, thanks xx

  18. Have only recently found you on Insta but already loving your pics and now reading the blog as well. Love the bucket list idea! Seems like a good idea to do that every season for the family. Will have to try it! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to come and look Juliana, I really appreciate it. Glad you like our pics, it means a lot!

  19. What an amazing summer, it must be so lovely just to get away from it all, although sorry to hear that you struggled with the heat. Thank you for linking up to #EatSleepBlogRT

    1. Thanks for reading Catie, and thanks for being the new host too! Really glad to see xx

  20. I love that you managed to do so much and you still have some things left to look forward to doing next summer! I love reading about what you got up to over the summer.
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.
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  21. Oh I do love a good bucket list!
    Thanks for join in with #TuesdayTreasures
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    1. Thank you Rachel

  22. Looks like you had a busy summer! A great idea to do a bucket list! #KCACOLS

    1. Thanks Louise, we really did have a busy time, but I think we just about got the balance right thanks to the list!

  23. Looks like you all had loads of fun and you cant beat playing in the pool on really hot days! Love the sunflower fields 🙂 #kcacols

    1. Thanks Tracey, I think you’re right, everything else went out of the window in favour of playing in the pool!

  24. Completing bucket lists is almost impossible. I’ve found that we always plan for waaay more than we’re able to get done, but time spent relaxing is SO SO SOOOO important. It’s easy to get burnt out, even on vacation. That meteor shower looks absolutely INSANE. I’d love to see stars like that one day. Thanks for sharing! <3 #KCACOLS

    1. You’re right Savanna, we really needed to relax and I’m glad we did.

  25. Sounds like you got to do lots of things on your bucket list though, well done! x #KCACOLS

    1. Thank you Emma, we were pleased with it too xx

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