Pinus pinea; Italian Stone Pine trees common to France & Italy

Travellers arriving at Le Petit Hotel can’t help but notice the distinctive juvenile pine trees – Pinus Pinea, on the street frontage.  Our original news item copied below was published on the 4th Nov. 2010.  Still in their formative state, their umbrella type canopy is just beginning to take shape.

Martine & myself recently had some R & R in France during September…one of the best months in respect of the French climate. Some of the time was spent near Plan du la Tour near the Med. coast, http://lepetithotel.wordpress.com/2010/09/11/chasteuil-to-plan-de-la-tour/
and we couldn’t help noticing a tree with an attractive green umbrella like top…commonly called the Parasol Pine…its correct name being Pinus pinea. Clearly this was one tree which could survive not only the hot dry Mediterranean seaside environment but also the cold winter winds. For some time now here at Le Petit Hotel, we have been pondering what species of tree we could plant safely in our own Sumner location where the climate varies from hot summer winds, salt laden sea air, and also our cooler winter temperatures. So it has been a surprise, in the last few days to locate a source of these Pinus specimens here in NZ at a nursery in New Plymouth : http://www.conifers.co.nz/
Needless to say, we are looking forward to trying the species in our own unique NZ climate.
It’s interesting to note that the Pinus Pinea species is the one that produces genuine edible pine nuts, the tree and its nuts having a history of more than 6000 years at least.

We are back to posting from Le Petit Hotel

Christchurch’s earthquakes have been very serious disruptors ( of life as we all knew it). Seven years on now (2018) and the reminders of what was, and what’s to come, in terms of the rebuild of Christchurch City, still affects us all greatly. Traffic guidance orange road cones have become the norm around the city as infrastructure and roading repairs/changes continue. The addition of cycle ways to the city roading network has created a lot of both positive and negative discussion particularly where the introduction of these dedicated mini cycle lanes has resulted in narrowed roads for both cars and trucks. One can suspect that much of this civil work may have to be undone when self guidance EV cars and buses make their appearance in the next decade . Roading design then will be concentrated on the removal of road lane encumberances such as the jut outs, now common place in the city, and street corners and intersections will also require simplification.

Here in Sumner, by the sea, we have a lot to be thankful for, including a community spirit that is alive and well, good local shopping for the essentials of life, and a view of the Pacific Ocean with a lovely beach to walk on while contemplating the meaning of life!  And then there are Sumner’s dogs, and I would suggest that our village has a lot of caring dog owners in residence who can be seen religiously street walking or beach walking their companions each day.

Of course I couldn’t let this post go by without mentioning that our own much loved Scottie dog…Kara , now about 9 years old, who is still performing her unique mix of meet and greet at the front door, security duties, and general icebreaker and conversation starter as required, in the hotel lounge. Simply put, we would not be without her. Such is the global interest in Scottish Terriers, there is a closed group on FaceBook called “Adopted by Scotties”.

 

Gluten free or Dairy free breakfast options

Unfortunately, many travellers endure food sensitivities ( sometime serious)  arising from certain ingredients and typically this requires them to have gluten free and or dairy free breakfasts.

Le Petit Hotel management are more than happy to make adjustments to the continental breakfast to meet these requirements. Simply add your request to your accommodation booking notice.

Being a genuine French Bed & Breakfast, our renown fresh baked croissants are always available each morning, along with genuine french plunger coffee, hot chocolate, or a variety of teas, together with fresh fruit and yogurt. Recently, …made in France – French Brioche has been added to the petit déjeuner.

Scottish Terrier, permanent resident manager, Le Petit Hotel

 

Clan Scottish Terrier!

Scottish Terrier Kara
Not really sleeping..but keeping an eye on things.

As Le Petit Hotel’s Scottish Terrier , it’s a while since I’ve been in touch with the wider world…& much has happened in both Sumner and Christchurch . I’ve grown up fast and the earthquakes are supposedly behind us, the experts say, but I am still anxious when I hear strange noises. I’m  now 9 years old, and my black overcoat is showing some grey hair now!

I’m still performing my hotel guest welcoming routine…racing to reach the front door before Bruce, after the door intercom phone rings, so I can see the new guests first. I really live for my meet & greet job. 

Always at my best,

Kara.

Le Petit Hotel Accommodation, Boutique French Style

Le Petit Hotel, 16 Marriner Street, Sumner, Christchurch
Le Petit Hotel open 24 hours

Le Petit Hotel accommodation provides boutique French B & B lodgings for all travellers, both domestic and international. The property  is located by the beach in Sumner; the premier seaside suburb of Christchurch.

Unlike most AirBnB properties, managers – Martine and Bruce are on-site 24/7 and are focused on providing genuine hospitality to all guests.  However the privacy of individuals is very much respected when required . Both short & long stay guests are most welcome  at Le Petit Hotel’s unique retreat from the city bustle.

The daily room rate includes a served French breakfast and the hotel has free high speed data/WiFi services throughout the complex. The en-suite accommodation rooms are most suitable for 2 adults.

 

Look at me now : The continuing story of Kara the Scottie

Hi there all Scottie lovers…It’s almost 15 months since I left behind my friends at Juscot Kennels in Hamilton, and I’ve had my 1st birthday at Le Petit Hotel. Despite having inherited a twisted right hind leg, I’m doing my utmost to be part of the hotel day to day operations…answering the door, checking the guests in, plus security duties, so much so that several of Bruce & Martine’s guests have suggested that I climb into one of their suitcases & go home with them… Unlike many of my 4 legged relatives, I have developed my own vocabulary for use in the hotel..eg. when I want to go outside, I don’t bark, but I do a bit of a quiet sing song. I’m also quite good at singing along with the piano!
Sometime in the next few months, I’m going into hospital to get a CT scan done on my crooked leg, to see what can possibly be done to help me…but I’m a good patient, so it won’t be a problem.
My shiny black coat at the moment makes me a difficult camera subject, but attached here is a recent photo taken on Christmas day with one of my presents.
Until my next post…yours truly
Kara

Kara, Christmas morning 2010

Friends of Le Petit Hotel

At the Marriner street frontage of Le Petit Hotel, Martine has some Lavender of the ‘Grosso’ variety growing. This particular lavender is a (heavy oil bearing) hybrid between Lavandula angustifolia and Lavandula latifolia.
At this time of the year, the brilliant purple/blue flowers of the lavender draw hundreds of friendly bumble bees, small youngsters and large adults, who climb up & down each flower head, while probing into each tiny separate flower. Unlike honey bees…bumble bees eg. Bombus Terrestris are not normally aggressive & can be easily watched closeup, especially if they have become intoxicated with flower fragrance or just tired with hard work. The larger queens often find their way indoors accidentally as they seek a place to make a home.

Le Petit Hotel friends

Le Petit Hotel, St Martin

Le Petit Hotel, St Martin, is a superb – on the beach, Caribbean Hotel, on the shore of Grand Case Bay.
Le Petit Hotel-St Martin offers unique world class resort accommodation and guests enjoy easy access to the Island’s nearby renown French restaurants.
Owners, Kristin & Marc operate Le Petit Hotel together with L’Esplanade Hotel and both St Martin/ St Maarten hotels provide exceptional Trip Advisor Winning comfort & service.