For SumnerVillage visitors, Le Petit Hotel guests and suburb residents alike, there is no arguing that the shortest day of the year has past, and despite a few frosts, the weather has been simply amazing. Daytime temps have reached 15-16 degrees Celcius, paraglider customers and model aircraft enthusiasts have been out in force, using the local Heathcote Ferrymead park as a rendevous point. Dog walkers have also been making the most of the pleasant clear blue sky winter days, either on the beach or in nearby parks. Many of our guests, blessed with the good weather have headed out for walks to either Taylors Mistake or Godley Heads. However I’m told that things will change soon. It is winter after-all!
Le Petit Hotel manager Martine Marshall is currently in the south of France, enjoying time with family and friends, but in totally different climatic conditions…where daytime temperatures have soared into the 40’s C.
It’s fair to say that our hotelaccommodation is known globally and locally for 3 things especially, and those being its french style, the morning fresh croissants, and the resident Scottish Terrier– known as Kara….which is Scottish vernacular for “beloved”. However Kara is approaching 10 years this October…and her health has had its ups and downs lately. As you can imagine we are given her a lot of attention at the moment. Frequent visits to the vet are the normal, as are the antibiotics she takes. However the mild winter so far has been a bonus in that Kara can get to enjoy the sunshine and socialise with other dogs at the Ferrymead Park.
Meanwhile back outside Le Petit Hotel and in Sumner village, contractors are working steadily on the new roading surfaces, sorting out drainage issues, and even planting some more trees along Marriner Street and Wakefield Avenue in the village. Hurrah! I’m an unashamed tree-lover. Sumner is going to look better than ever….in time for the new visitor season which for us starts in September.
Let’s all enjoy our winter whether it’s cold, wet or the blue sky stuff that we have been seeing lately.
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.
Le Petit Hotel Accommodation, Boutique French Style
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.
French Consular Agency, Sumner, Christchurch, 8081
French Consular Agency
The Christchurch French Consular Agency is located in the premises of Le Petit Hotel, 16 Marriner Street, Sumner.
For all communications with the Hon. Consul, it is necessary to initially telephone Martine Marshall-Durieux – 03 326 66 76, to make a suitable appointment.
The Consular Agency Office is closed during weekends and public holidays, except for emergencies.
The office can easily be reached via the Metro Bus service, from the Central City bus exchange. The “purple” bus route begins at the airport, travels through the city-centre via the bus exchange, and then continues on to Sumner. The bus timetable is both frequent and regular, and is available on-line.