As work progresses steadily on the upgrade of Sumner’s roading and infrastructure, archaeologists working with the contractors recently uncovered historical evidence of Sumner’s tram track. Some of the original wooden sleepers used to support the tramway which originally linked the suburb to Christchurch Central, were exposed during the road works. The extremely popular city to seaside tramway initially used horse drawn carriages in the late 1800’s , with the service being upgraded to electric trams in the 1900’s.
These particular sleepers were discovered close to the corner of Marriner Street and Burgess Street. On the north western corner of this intersection was one of Sumner’s early Hotels, The Sumner Hotel which still stands today but derelict.
Dog Friendly Sumner Hotel is located in a community where many of the residents enjoy having a well loved dog in their family. The beach, and its esplanade perimeter walkway provide a great place for dog walking. The coastal walkway currently under construction, will be connected with the Sumner Esplanade. Early morning risers in Sumner will also spot a lot of dogs accompanying their owners on their brisk pre-work exercise runs.
Nearby are several parks with loads of green space, suitable for exercising dogs. Barnett Park in Redcliffs and the Ferrymead Park at Heathcote being favourites for both Sumner, Redcliffs and city dog lovers.
Le Petit Hotel itself is the home of Kara, our 3rd “generational” Scottish Terrier, friendly and gentle with anyone. Hamish and Maggie came before her.
Le Petit Hotel, Ford Cars, and the Temuka Connection
Ford cars and the passing of Lee Iacocca…the noted designer of the American Mustang, was at the fore-front of the world automobile news this past week.
It reminded me of the reality that almost 100 years ago…the USA was exporting Model T cars in a knocked – down fashion to New Zealand. My father, Bill Whitfieldworked for Hally Motors in Temuka, and Model T’s in wooden boxes were shipped to NZ, some of which eventually ended up in the TemukaRailway Station yard, where a manual crank winch ( see photo) was used to unload the boxes off the railway flat – wagons, for unpacking and assembly by garage staff on the spot.
The photo is interesting for the fact that while the location of Hally Motors ( Corner of King and Wood Streets), was not very far from the railway station, it was clearly seen easier to assemble the Ford Cars right there in the Railway yard, than try and remove the box to the Hally premises.
It’s worth noting, given the current stress about the perceived fairness of global trading, that one of the main issues surrounding trade to & from the USA now , is simply one of the shipping costs, which even allowing for inflation over the years, place America at a disadvantage , compared to say shipping products to and from Asia.
Le Petit Hotel management are regular visitors to China.
China and France are connected by substantial trade ties. The effects of the historical political concession that resulted in an area of Shanghai being administered by France are still apparent. It is well worth the time doing the research to discover how this concession and others in Shanghai came about. While the French have long departed from the concession, with very little effort , any visitor can quickly recognise the influence they left behind .
Croissants, fresh breads, brioche and small delicate cakes are evidenced in hotel breakfasts, especially those that share a European breakfast menu with standard Chinese fare.