Anneli Purchase talks about treasures, hopes and her “to do” list.


Today, I am delighted to chat to Anneli Purchase who lives on Vancouver Island. I love looking at her photographs and have location envy (if there is such a condition). Her photos make rural Staffordshire look pretty tame by comparison. Anneli’s novels involve relationships that develop in unusual settings, on the wild and remote coast of British Columbia and in the primitive camping conditions of Mexico’s Baja peninsula.

I am therefore, rather excited to chat to her about what she would like to do before she blinks and misses it.

Anneli, have you ever written a bucket list?

No, my lists are more the kind that involve things I feel I need to do, not wish things I wish for. Not as exciting by half.

Now, I‘m sure this isn’t going to be the case, but what if you were to die tomorrow? What would you wish you could do before you die?

One day isn’t much time to do anything, but I’d go through my box of souvenirs and treasures that only mean something to me and burn them. I would savour the sweet memories of each item before tossing it into the fire.

That’s rather beautiful and touching. I don’t wish to dwell on morbid possibilities so what would you do if you had unlimited time, money and resources? You can be as frivolous as you like but remember I’ve already bagged a seat on the first commercial flight to the moon.

I’d buy some advertising for my books and hire people to promote them.

What have you always wanted to do but have not done yet?

I’d love to own and know how to use a very high-end camera and take beautiful pictures.

My husband is in complete agreement with that answer. He would really like a top-end camera. Are there any countries, places or locations you want to visit with this new camera?

I’d like to take a trip across Canada and through the States in a comfortable trailer, visiting all the noteworthy and historic places along the way. Of course it would have to be during the warm travelling season.

What are your biggest goals and dreams?

My goal is to keep writing and my dream is that my books would sell like hotcakes. I’ve already reached my other goal long ago and that was for a happy life with my husband.

What do you want to see in person?

I want to see/hear an announcement on the TV news saying that a positive cure for cancer has been found.

What personal lesser achievements do you want to have?

I want to write a book everyone will want to read; one that will be around long after I’m gone.

Are there any special moments you want to witness?

Ideally, I’d like to see all war and terrorism end. However, since it hasn’t happened since time began, I don’t think it will happen any time soon.

What activities or skills do you want to learn or try out?

I play the piano, but I wish I could play it better and more confidently.

What are the most important things you can ever do?

Be kind to people around me. Set a good example.

What would you like to say or do together with other people? Those close to you?

I wish my family lived closer to me so we could visit more often.

Are there any specific people you want to meet in person?

No, I don’t care about meeting famous people. I enjoy meeting good people, but they don’t have to be famous.

What do you want to achieve in the different areas?

I know this sounds very boring, but I’m happy with my life. I have a few very good friends. I’ve had a useful and fulfilling career in teaching elementary school. I have enough money to be comfortable, but I’ve been very poor so I appreciate what I have now and I’m not wasteful. So far my health has been good. I feel very fortunate.

What do you need to do to lead a life of the greatest meaning?

I think that if I try in my small ways to make the world a better place, I’m making my contribution. I wish that others would do the same and that it would be a movement that would spread throughout the world, doing good, one small bit at a time.

Bucket List can sound a little morbid. What would you call your bucket list?

To Do List is good enough for me. I just need to put more interesting things on it. I’d like to be able to cross vacuuming and housework off my list forever and still have a clean house. Okay, now I know what I want on my “Bucket List.” I’d like to hire a maid. 

Anneli, many thanks for being here today. It’s been a pleasure talking to you. I could do with a maid and a cook too. I’ll certainly have to add those to my own list.

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  1. anneli Says:

    Thanks for putting my list on your blog. Helps to remind me how good I’ve got it. It’s a real pleasure to be here. Hope you get lots of visitors. I’d be interested in hearing some of their wishes and dreams too.

  2. Darlene Jones Says:

    The maid bit is one I get to have when I’m in Mexico and I like it. I do the laundry, but she does everything else. Dona Felipa is a wonderful woman and a great friend.

  3. anneli Says:

    Can you bring Dona Felipa to my house please?

  4. Nicky Wells Says:

    That’s such a great post, well done, ladies. Anneli, I totally admire you. I think you’re one of the few people I know (if I may put it that way, given that we haven’t actually met) who says that she’s happy with her life. That’s just so totally awesome! It’s a To Do list and I wish you every success. May your book sell like hotcakes indeed!

  5. Carol Wyer Says:

    Anneli it was an absolute delight to interview you. I keep hinting about the maid to Hubby but I’m getting nowhere!.
    Darlene – I’d like Dona Felipe to help out here too.
    Many thanks to you all for leaving comments. Anneli is such a positive person that it make you want to go out and grab some more opportunities yourself, doesn’t it?

  6. anneli Says:

    Thanks, Ladies. With a little bit of luck and a lot of work we can make our life the best it can be. I think having realistic expectations helps. One thing I like to remember is that all along the way, we have choices to make and those choices shape our lives. We can say yes or no to so many situations and it’s all up to us. Thanks for a great post, Carol. And thanks to the visitors for their comments too.

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