Just out of Christchurch not far from Kaiapoi is the Pataka berry farm. What a great place this is. We picked delicious raspberries and flavoursome tomatoes. Our grandson was with us, it was the first time he had seen raspberries on a vine, so it was a learning experience. He probably hadn’t thought about how they grow! They just appear in the supermarket don’t they? What is more tasty than fresh raspberries and ice cream? Picking raspberries is so labour intensive it’s no wonder the little punnets are costly. Picking your own is fun and has a fabulous end result- so my taste buds tell me! The tomatoes were enjoyed on toast, in a salad and as a snack. When they are so fresh and yummy you don’t need anything with them!
The next stop travelling along SH1 was at Owen Stalker Park in Woodend. This is a lovely big park for a play or a picnic. Equipment includes a train to climb on which is a bit different, shady trees, lots of room to run or play with a ball. Pity about the name! Maybe just “Owen Park” rather than “Owen Stalker Park” would have meant the butterflies could have flown peacefully around rather than settling in my tummy! Eyes on alert at all times! Do the stalkers frequent it often or is it exclusively for Owen? Talking of butterflies it was great to see a young lad there with his net catching white butterflies. Just as we did as children.
On the road again and we turned off SH1 towards Waikuku beach. The beach is just 3km off the main road. There is a big playground and park near the beach. It was great to see lots of families there chatting and enjoying the lovely autumn day. The children were having fun playing together. I always feel sad when we pass lovely playgrounds and there are no children there.