Love? All the signs were there
A clever marriage proposal is a sign of the times for reluctant romantic Ben Cook.
When his new fiancee, Christine McNaughton, was driving home yesterday she was greeted by a series of signs on her home street in the Christchurch suburb of Halswell.
The first had her name printed on it.
The second read: "Caution: decision time ahead" with a silhouette of a man kneeling.
The third read: "Will you marry me?"
Standing in the driveway was Cook, holding a proposal sign. Their two young children, Imogen and Isaac, watched on.
Cook kneeled down with a ring as McNaughton got out of the car with tears flowing and a massive grin on her face.
"I knelt down and I didn't say anything - she just said, 'Of course I will'," he said.
The pair, both 35, met about eight years ago when they were neighbours.
Cook said they became "best friends" quickly, but both were seeing other people.
When McNaughton's boyfriend broke up with her, Cook was there with flowers, chocolate and ice-cream to cheer her up.
Several months later both were single and fronted up to what they knew all along - they were in love.
Cook, who works as a roadmarker for Fulton Hogan, planned to propose last month.
His "plan A" of a trip to the West Coast had to be cancelled because of McNaughton's work commitments, so he came up with the idea of the road signs.
When the signs were finished on Wednesday they were hidden in bushes near their house, before being set up yesterday.