2017 PARKSIDE ME­DIA CHRIST­MAS PIC­NIC TOUR

Words: Trevor Stan­ley-joblin Paul Stan­ley-joblin

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On De­cem­ber 3, 2017, the North Can­ter­bury Clas­sic Tour headed out from the Wood­lands Café in Lei­th­field, which was an ideal venue for the start of a tour/ pic­nic like this. With spon­sor­ship from Parkside Me­dia we were able to give ev­ery en­trant a New Zealand Clas­sic Car mag­a­zine. Our first visit was to the beau­ti­ful Bree­den­broek Gar­dens in Ash­ley. Bree­den­broek is a stylish fam­ily prop­erty, pleas­antly sit­u­ated in the rolling Ash­ley Downs. The own­ers, Kay and Rudi, are pas­sion­ate about their North Can­ter­bury coun­try grounds, hav­ing worked to­gether to turn half of this two-hectare prop­erty into a flour­ish­ing English-style gar­den. This oh-so­pleas­ant re­lax­ing gar­den in­cludes massed herba­ceous bor­ders shel­tered by horn­beam hedges, and a 16m long wa­ter-lily pond be­side six for­mal box-hedge rose beds. A me­an­der­ing creek flows into a large, in­for­mal pond, sur­rounded by a board­walk that leads through a New Zealand na­tives area, pro­vid­ing sev­eral se­cluded re­lax­ation spots. With over 200 peo­ple pic­nick­ing in the grounds on a day with a tem­per­a­ture of around 28°C, it was a won­der­ful sight to be­hold, the scene be­ing prob­a­bly the best in 43 years of tour or­ga­niz­ing. For pho­tos of Bree­den­broek Gar­dens, look up bree­den­broek.com.

The af­ter­noon run in­cluded a visit to a farm at which the fourth-gen­er­a­tion fam­ily farmer had ac­cu­mu­lated many decades of mem­o­ra­bilia from the im­me­di­ate area, plus his late wife’s col­lec­tion of vin­tage full-size and doll prams, in­clud­ing life-size dolls and baby man­nequins.

The fi­nal des­ti­na­tion was back at our start venue, the Wood­lands Café. A draw was car­ried out by the Waimakariri District Mayor, David Ayres — he and his wife, Mar­i­lyn, are reg­u­lar par­tic­i­pants in our North Can­ter­bury clas­sic runs in ei­ther their 1967 Ford Cor­sair or an MX-5 — the day be­ing such per­fect weather, nat­u­rally they chose to take the open car. The nine prizes were for din­ing vouch­ers, ac­com­pa­nied by a bot­tle of wine and a box of choco­lates, from the Wood­lands Café and the amaz­ing new Charles Upham Re­tire­ment Vil­lage in Ran­giora — part of the morn­ing route in­cluded a drive-through of this new re­tire­ment com­plex.

More pho­tos from the day can be viewed on our Face­book page, un­der North Can­ter­bury Clas­sic Tour.

The next tour out­ing will be on Sun­day, March 25, 2018, again to start from the Wood­land’s Café, cor­ner State High­way 1 and Ash­worths Beach Road, Lei­th­field, with reg­is­tra­tion from 9.15am to 11am.

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