Yesterday Brook and I went to Symonds Yat (a really beautiful scenic place in Wales) to go canoeing. Which I have to say was great fun. Hard work in places but great fun! It was really nice and warm so we went doodling up the river, looking at ducks, saw what we think was a water rat, saw a cygnet and its parent and it was great. Then we came to a bit with sort of mini rapids and a really strong current, so we were paddling as hard as we could getting nowhere, an arguing about it and having a good old bicker until Brook finally got out and pulled the canoe up that part of the river (it was very shallow as well!) and I was ever so helpful and sat in the canoe taking photos!! (I did offer to help!!) :)
So we got through the rapids, well, mini rapids, and then carried on upstream a little bit until we found a gorgeous little spot to stop for lunch. There was a little sort of side stream that we pulled the canoe up into, then went up a bit of the bank onto a sort of little stone jetty part. It was absolutely beautiful, really scenic, with dragon flies and flowers and it was warm and sunny, so we had lunch there, then went back to the canoe and paddled back down the stream (stopping off at a gorgeous little church and a couple of other places along the way!).
And then after that we wandered down through the little village for a bit, and went back to the car. We headed back home through what I think was bits of the forest of dean (possibly!) and then came across Tintern Abbey. I was absolutely geeking out, and so we pulled over and went in to the abbey to have a look around. It was absolutely gorgeous, so we went through taking photographs and exploring, found a nesting bird, strange holes and all sorts. It was just incredible, so so awe-inspiring it really was.
Then we went through to a grassy part out in the sun, and were just chilling out, and then Brook proposed to me. And it was just so sweet and beautiful, and well, I said yes, so, we're now engaged :)
It was just an amazing amazing day :)
I just thought I'd update my journal with yesterday - which was an amazing, special and awesome day :)