First bit of Bantam boating of the year yesterday – we went down to London to take the tug to the festival at Little Venice.
But first, we had time for a little walk along the Regent’s Canal. At City Road Lock James had a question to ask me!
We had decided together a few months ago that we wanted to get married, and I’d picked a ring so I knew it was going to happen sometime soon. James waited til I’d handed in my first draft of my thesis before making it official where we used to walk when we first got together, dreaming of living afloat.
There was a tradition amongst the boat families that a boy courting a girl would write his initials on a lock beam in paddle grease above those of the girl he liked and then if she liked him back she’d do the same the other way around. So we followed the old tradition (and cleaned it afterwards, there were some volunteers out cleaning the towpath and we didn’t want to make more work for them!)
Then James got down on one knee and asked if I wanted to get married, to which I of course said yes! He gave me the lovely silver and opal ring I’d had made by a talented Sheffield jewellery maker, Nana Louise of NanFan Jewellery.
Then it was time for boating! It was a beautiful evening for boating through London and we arrived at Paddington without incident. Some inquisitive hyenas followed the boat along the fence for a way through the Regent’s Park zoo.
The Bantam is tied up on the Paddington arm opposite the Canal Museum stand and we’ll be around most of the weekend if anyone is passing by!