Having dropped Bantam IV at Little Venice on Friday night, we went home, returning to spend the weekend in London, staying over Saturday and Sunday nights with my aunt Sue in West Hampstead. My mum was also up for the weekend, so it was a proper family affair!
On Saturday we made our way to Little Venice for lunchtime. We manned the Canal Museum stall, with volunteers Natalie and Tricia until my mum and Sue arrived later on. My mum stayed around and helped us on the stall, proving to be a fine advocate for the canal museum, despite never having been! In the evening we went back to Sue’s for a lovely dinner.
In the morning, we went for a walk on Hampstead Heath, starting at Sue and Dix’s allotment, which has perhaps the best views of any allotment in London, then up to Parliament Hill and back past the ponds.
James went back to Little Venice in the afternoon, while my mum and I did a bit of charity shopping in the very nice Hampstead shops! Then, after dinner it was time to head back to the canal for the illuminated boats parade! The tug’s battery was flat so we relied on solar fairy lights, but it was a great evening, with a wonderfully celebratory atmosphere, and my mum and I joined James, Natalie and Nick on the tug for the whole thing!
On Monday morning James had a lie in whilst I went for a walk with my mum and Sue up to the Hill Gardens on the heath, and back via the deer park, where we stopped for ice cream, since it was so sunny!
In the afternoon I saw my mum on to her bus back to Dorset then went to Paddington to join James and museum manager Martin for the trip back to the museum on the tug. It was less eventful than the trip out, and much damper, but it’s always a treat to do a bit of canal boating!