Bucket Lists

Bucket Lists


Bucket lists

We all know what a bucket list is. It is a list of things you want to do before you die, (or kick the bucket). For the first time I have considered making a bucket list.  Not because I’m dying, but because I found something that I want to do bad enough before I die.  About two years ago exactly, I published Mr. Darcy’s Promise.

I had no idea how successful it would be. My only hope was that I made back what I invested in paying an editor as well as what I paid for the painting I had made for the cover. As the sales started trickling in, I was astounded at what an amazing group of JAFF followers there are out there who are wanting the next latest and greatest retelling of Darcy and Elizabeth. I’m afraid to admit it, but before I published my book, I thought I was one of the few obsessive ones out there, but I was shocked when I sold thousands in the first month!  Could there really be this wonderful community of people who understands me and my Darcy addiction?



So two months later when I got my first royalty check, I tried to decide what to do with it. The very first thing I did was set money aside to publish the next book, Pride and Persistence.

The very next thing I did was set up separate savings accounts for each of my three daughters and placed several hundred dollars in them.  Why?  Because I had made a bucket list.  Well, sort of.  I only had one thing on my list. But I was desperate to mark it off and I was going to do anything to do so.  So little by little, I deposited money into each of the girl’s accounts. Some months it was 50$ and other times it was 300$, but a portion of my royalties were set aside for this lone goal.  I recently asked myself if it could really be called a bucket list since it really only had one thing on the list.  I made an executive decision that, yes, it could be called a list.  From there I started wondering what other things I wanted to do in what time period.  So I found this cute “Summer Bucket list” and thought it would be fun to share with you all.  Maybe you can put it on your fridge and mark as many things off as you can this summer.


As the time approached to mark this item off my single item list, I found I was going to be short on my saving goal. So I started working extra shifts, A LOT of extra shifts. I am just now getting off a stretch of 12 night shifts in 14 days.  It is insane, but I met my saving goal and will be rewarded greatly!  In the middle of all these shifts, I published my fourth book, Inspired by Grace, and worked like mad to get the blog tour ready and organized.  My computer is my nemesis, as well as the cell phone that keeps dinging with some issue that needs my immediate attention.  So since I was so busy that I would change laundry when I woke up to pee (you think I am kidding, but I am not!!!!) I found these little dings and emails and internet searches were irritating me. So, I added something to my bucket list.  This is what I added.  I have yet to check this off, but I will, hopefully, soon.


So i purposely did not disclosed what was the single item on the bucket list.

I only have one word



I wanted to see London, and Hyde Park, and Lyme Park, and Chatsworth and Lyme Regis, and Stonehenge and walk the streets of Bath.  I wanted to feel the culture that I write about!  Yes, I am American, and probably one of the most common critiques I get in my writing, is that I jaw Americanisms or that my wording can sound modern at times.  Go figure! I’m a modern American!  But in all seriousness, I knew that if I had a good taste of the environment and was able to touch and caress the culture that British people take for granted, then maybe it would assist my writing. That is right:  I am going to England for research purposes.  And if you buy that line, there is some ocean front property in Utah that I can sell you.

So as the vacation approached, I realized that there was not a single item on my bucket list anymore.  The more I researched, the more I added to the list.  Some of them are fun.  Like these.


The more I asked around, the more things I wanted to fit in.  So I realized that my original 9-10 day vacation was not nearly going to be enough time to really see what I wanted to see.  My oldest daughter graduated and will be leaving this fall for college, and so all along I knew I would be bringing them along with me to England.  The more I talked with them about the things they wanted to do, the more I realized that this vacation could be no shorter than 2 weeks!  So I booked my tickets, reserved my hotels, and made a detailed itinerary for while we are there in June.  I am going to England with my girls for two weeks!!!!  Can’t tell you how excited I am! In fact, we will be touring the Tate Modern and taking pictures of Big Ben and Buckingham Palace at the time this blog is published.  I will apologize ahead of time because I probably will not have time to answer your comments, but I will make sure to read them in case you all have suggestions of must-sees and gotta-dos before we depart from England.



We will for sure do all these things. We will see the Warner Brothers tour of Harry Potter, as well as seeing a play at Shakespeare Globe.


Anyone who follows my personal Facebook knows I post a lot of funny stuff about reading and writing. Sometimes it is 100% truth spoken in the perfect meme.


Other times it mocks my addiction to reading and writing. But I came across this link that you have got to see. Click on the words and you will see the most awe-inspiring pictures of the perfect hang out––,Library Bars! When I found this, I quickly added this to my London bucket list.  I look at some of these places and I feel a sense of reverence. This would be such a fun way to spend tea time some afternoon.  I may even pack my leather-bound Emma or the copy of Jane Eyre that I received for Mother’s Day.  Trust me when I say that this will probably be one of the most memorable moments while in London! Personally, I like 1, 4,  8, and 14. Which ones do you like?

Library Bars in London


This blog has become very long, but I am feel I must close with a call for must-sees and gotta-dos because I know there are a lot of people who visited in England.  So here is what we are doing  I am flexible with what is on my bucket list so tell me what I should add to it!

My Brilliant England Bucket List

London: The London Eye and river cruise, Westminster Abbey,  Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, British Museum, Tate Modern, Tower Bridge, Tower of London,  Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Science Museum, WB Studios Harry Potter, National History Museum, Hyde Park,  National Gallery, West End Play 

Chawton and Alton: Jane Austen Regency Week including a ball and book signing and tea and reading of Persuasion

Magna Carta Celebration in Old Serum

Stonehenge and Stourhead Gardens (Site of 2005 Huntsford Gazebo proposal)

Lyme Regis

Bath: Holburne Museum, Royal Crescent/Circus landmark, Pulteney Bridge, Roman bath/Abbey church yard/pump room, Sally Lunn museum, Parade gardens, Victoria art gallery

Cheddar Gorge

Lyme Park (1995 Pemberley)

Chatsworth (2005 Pemberley) including a rythym and blues concert of Jooles Holland on the grounds of Chatsworth with a picnic and fireworks in the evening.

It doesn’t seem like 2 weeks will be enough, does it?

That just means I have to come back!  Comment and let me know if there is something on my list that you have on yours. Did I miss something that should be on there? If so, what?  I would like to give an eBook of Inspired by Grace

to two lucky winners who will be chosen at random once I get back from England. Double entry for anyone that suggests something that I actually add to the bucket list!   

Jeanna Ellsworth

Hey Lady Publications

21 Responses to Bucket Lists

  1. So impressed with your list and with the whole load of stuff you’ve managed to do already! Great to see your FB posts, looks like you’re having a fantastic time! Can’t wait to see you tomorrow, it’s going to be such a fun day! Hang on, it’s 1.30 am, so it’s today 😀

  2. Woohoo! Have a great time! This will be such a good memory for you and your girls.

    Check out the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. It’s free, though sometimes you pay for a special exhibit. And there are free tours leaving from the park every day – just tip the guide. Mine was really good and I had a great time. I heard the Jack the Ripper tour was great but I was too scared to do it.

    Have fun!!!

  3. For our 35th anniversary in 2003 my husband gave me a choice of Hawaii or Great Britain…guess which one I chose…went in the Spring of 2004. Unfortunately at that time I had not become aware of the Jane Austen Society and thru it all the sites in England connected to her or even a tour with that society. We did take a train ride to Bath and I visited the JA Center there while my husband visited a pub. We spent 2 weeks in GB but only 5 days in London and then we were off to Edinburgh and then Ireland. We stuffed a lot into our time there but if I ever went again it would be a Jane Austen related tour. We did not take our children who were adults by then. I do hope all goes well and that you stay healthy. (Unfortunately I contracted a virus in Scotland and was laid up for a day.) But I did lose lbs. and inches with all the walking. Small shrine to Diana, in Harrod’s was of interest.

    • Oh, looking at the Library Bars…USA must create some, although some look too ritzy for my blood. I wonder: Do you have to have a membership? The comic book one would be of interest to my son-in-law, who attends the San Diego Comic.Com yearly.

  4. All of Europe is on my list! Do you have time to see St James Palace? It’s where Sir William Lucas was presented, and Lizzy and Georgiana would be presented there if they chose to go through with it.

  5. I am living vicariously through you Jeanna! I hope you and your girls have a wonderful trip and see everything I would see, given the opportunity. I always wanted to see the manor house used for Downton Abbey (Highclere) and the one that represents Lady Catherine’s home in 2005 P&P (can’t think of the name). Love all the pics!

  6. I am so glad that you are visiting England with your daughters. I also have on my bucket list to visit Chawton and Lyme Regis. I recommend that you go to The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, to see Jane Austen’s writing desk. You will be truly awed over the small size. Also, visit Victoria and Albert Museum – it is wonderful ! You can also visit the gift shop without paying admission to the museum, and the gift shop is as good as The Metropolitan in New York City. Thank you for the giveaway! And, have a memorable time.

  7. I am greener than Stephanie! England is definitely on my bucket list.

    By the way, Jeanna is sharing her UK fun on Facebook, so take a gander. Might amp up the green-factor for those of us who have never been, but it is terrific to vicariously enjoy her adventures. 🙂

  8. Oh I’m so green!! I am English by pedigree (or DNA) and I long to go and spend a couple weeks (or a month!). My list includes Sydney Gardens, the National Portrait Gallery and I dearly would want to see Cornwall and well, I could just go on and on. Looking forward to seeing your pictures. Glad you got to take your girls with you!!

  9. This is the second reference to a “bucket list” in the last two days… maybe I am supposed to have one of those as well as a house/yard project list?? I have not been to England/UK (yet) so I cannot recommend anything to you — except my boyfriend says you have to have the quintessential fish and chips at least once. Have a fun and safe trip!

  10. OMG!! Love your post! England is definitely on the top of my list and I’m soooo envious. But I’m going to have to wait a few years 🙁 Have fun Jenna. Oh and by the way, I’ve read your last three books and loved them.

  11. How exciting you are able to visit England! Have a fantastic trip and do post lots of pictures!

  12. Once when I received a legacy I decided that the best use of it was to go to England. I had visited there twice before for short trips– mere days. This time I would take two of my children and stay 6 weeks. I was interested in the Regency period but hadn’t yet really gotten into it. We visited cathedrals , museums, bookstore and postoffices ( to mail the books back home.) We had to leave after 5 weeks because of trouble with our pets at home but I have never regretted spending that money. Of course, I now have a hundred other places I would like to have seen. But we did have tea with a relative of a relative in Exmouth and the kids rode ponies over the welsh hills.
    No matter how long one stays there is always more to see . I diislike airplanes but will get on one to visit my oldest son or to go to England.

  13. You must go to the National Portrait Gallery in London to see the drawing of Jane Austen by her sister, Cassandra. If you have time and love visiting estates and castle, you can tour Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace and Highclere Castle (the setting for Downton Abbey). It’s a little out of the way but you may want to stop by Steventon and see the site of the old rectory house where Jane lived for over twenty years. All these from a reader who have never been to England before but will follow your footsteps some day.

    You don’t have to enter me for the giveaway since I will be hosting you for your blog tour. Have a safe and fruitful journey.

    • Forgot to add that British Library is a must if you want to view the Jane Austen’s portable writing desk encase by glass. It is the book lovers’ dream in me to visit the library and be awed by the collection of books stored there.

  14. I love 4 &14. In London Harrods is amazing. Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum is great! ( From the memories of a 13 year old 37 years ago). In Bath…Sydney Gardens. Have fun! I’ll get there again one day. England is on my ‘bucket list’.

  15. If it is still there you must see the fashion museum in the Assembly Rooms in Bath. I went in 2011 and loved it. Hope you have a fab trip.

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