It was my husband's birthday this week, on a gloriously sunny day, and so
I thought it would be nice to take him out for a little row in our
local park. I was right. :)
Now, we've been on boat trips all
over the world - along the Yangtze River in China, the Mekong in Laos
and Thailand, through the backwaters of Kerala, island hopping in the
Philippines, wildlife watching in Kinabatangan, Borneo... all sorts.
With that it mind, little old Finsbury Park Boating Lake around the
corner might have been a let-down.
But but but, we'd never been
on Finsbury Park Boating Lake and my husband isn't from the UK, so we
kinda were exploring a foreign land, which is always jolly good fun. I
also find that you sometimes have the most fun when a place isn't
perfect. And I rather liked the imperfections of this lake -
particularly the scummy, pervasive green weeds (please see photies). And
the orangutans, proboscis monkeys and exotic birds we'd seen on other
boat trips were replaced with duckies, moor hens, swans and geese. Just
as exciting, no? And here you're allowed to feed the birds, stirring
them up into a frenzy. We had great fun leading the quack-quacks a merry
dance around the lake with our bird-feed.
And if you come on a
Saturday 1200-1500, dressed as a pirate (aaaargh!), you get a reduced
price of £5 for your boat hire. Nice. Also worth checking out Groupon -
they sometimes have deals on.
Other than that, the fella working on the lake was very friendly indeed. We likey.
Thoroughly recommend a row-row-row-your-boat in Finsbury Park...