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Selwyn Times: January 24, 2017

26 4 Tuesday [Edition

26 4 Tuesday [Edition datE] January 24 2017 HOME PROFESSIONALS SELWYN TIMES Creating Memories Ever since she worked in hospitality and before becoming a mother, Sue Giddens had dreamed of opening her own restaurant. “I wanted to devote my time to raising my three girls so operating a restaurant was not an option at that point,” says Sue. As her daughters grew up, Sue and husband, Chris began looking for a property that offered the potential for a restaurant business, eventually finding what was to become their dream home. “The property had the bones but it required a lot of work,” confesses Sue. “When the girls saw the place they thought we were mad. It had been a nursery and then a furniture maker who did some antique restoration owned the property. It was in a pretty sad state with the grounds completely overgrown with weeds waste high in places and piles of rubbish.” Sue and Chris spent many hours turning the overgrown garden into a place of beauty and tranquillity, as well as creating herb and potager gardens to provide fresh produce for the restaurant. The windowless nursery sheds were converted into useful buildings with extensive use of recycled materials to create ambience such as old bricks used for paths and paved courtyards. “We saved wood destined for the scrap heap. I fossicked through antique and second hand shops along with hours spent trawling Trade Me for treasures,” reminisces Sue who collected curious memorabilia for around the gardens and inside the restaurant buildings. There was so much work to do that holidays were replaced by the occasional long weekend. Seven years later with their dream realised, Sue felt it was time to share what they had created with others. “It’s been a wonderful journey and I feel privileged. We’re the curators of a beautiful setting which should be shared with others. I want our restaurant and garden to be lovely and something everyone can enjoy,” adds Sue. Aptly named, Memorys Restaurant where wonderful memories are created, it was the setting for the wedding of Sue and Chris’ youngest daughter making another wonderful memory for the family. Memorys Restaurant, located on the road to Leeston just out of Springston, is set in a unique and delightful setting. It is suitable for any occasion whether a short break over a hot cuppa, lunch, or an intimate group gathering for a special occasion. Memorys Restaurant is a place for creating wonderful memories of times shared, meals enjoyed and peaceful places. BEFORE: The original herb garden space. AFTER: The courtyard is paved with recycled bricks. BEFORE: A pit full of rubbish the size of a swimming pool filled the area that is now Sue’s potager garden. AFTER: Customers can stroll around Sue’s Herb Garden. AFTER: Memorys Restaurant sits amidst a garden setting Paving, Irrigation, Lawns, Planting, Fences, Pergolas, Water-features, Outdoor fires, Raised Vege beds, Decks, Artificial grass & more... Call Aaron & the team today! Phone: 03 3474422 or 021542402 Email: landscapeyouroutdoorspace@gmail.com AFTER: Sue’s potager garden. www.theoutdoorspace.co.nz Manufacturers and suppliers of superior quality garage doors throughout New Zealand. Need a Professional Need a Professional Electrician? Electrician? Call Laser Electrical! Call Laser Electrical! 0800 438 0800 527 Call Laser Electrical 438 527 Rolleston! Need a Professional Electrician? Need a Professional Electrician? Call Laser Electrical! www.laserelectrical.co.nz www.laserelectrical.co.nz • Residential • Industrial • Commercial • Rural • Dairy 24 hour on-call service 0800 438 527 www.laserelectrical.co.nz Laser Electrical Rolleston 831 Jones Road, Rolleston www.laserelectrical.co.nz 0800 LASER 4 U (0800 527 374) LE0303 • Cedar Doors • Specialising in “ one-off custom designs” • Negative detail /Flat Panel and Insulated designs • Merlin Auto Openers, repair & Maintenance Contact us for a free measure and quote. Showroom: 276 Larcombs Road, Weedons Phone 3478333 or 0800 661 366

5 SELWYN TIMES [Edition datE] Tuesday January 24 2017 27 HOME PROFESSIONALS Make Your Yard An Exciting And Adventurous Playground Fresh air and exercise are two essential ingredients for all children and what better way to accomplish this than turn your backyard into an area that children want to spend time in. Trampolines are often the first large play item parents purchase, entertaining children for long periods as they bounce up and down and use up excess energy. Children need variety with climbing frames, huts and sporting fixtures all ideal while basketball hoops are a must. These are especially ideal as children grow into their teens. The will pat the ball on the driveway repeatedly before flinging it towards the hoop for hours at a time. They are affordable fun and easy to fix into place. Other items might be brought out for a time then stowed away such as hoops to climb through, water slides, paddling pools, water tables and tents. Shop purchased slides; swings and other playground equipment provide entertainment. Often these are age related and will need replacing as the children grow. There is usually a market for second hand play equipment though if purchasing in this way, thoroughly check its condition to ensure it is still safe to use, not rusty and does not have loose parts. Established gardens provide lots of opportunity for play. A rope secured to a solid tree branch with an old tyre or branch attached at the base makes a great swing often in a sheltered spot. If concerned about the safety aspect, rubber matting could be fitted under the area. Sandpits too are a great investment, costing so little for what will provide children with hours of fun as they play with trucks, diggers and even kitchen items such as a sieve. Children of all ages love huts and if you are brave, tree huts are especially exciting. A hut can stimulate many imaginative Rubber matting can be fitted under swings to make them safer. play sessions and need not be purpose built. It might be an old shipping container (for a rather large establishment) or built out of wood on hand as long as it is structurally sound and will not collapse. Old wooden row boats can also provide fun so if you happen to come across one, consider how it might be incorporated into your yard especially if you have the space to accommodate it. Even an overgrown garden or one thick with shrubbery can be a stimulus for imaginative play whether it be hide and seek or another game. Germinate the idea for a game with your children then let them take over. A BMX track might be created simply by shifting dirt, something the children themselves could help with. While we can often be cautious and even precious about keeping our children safe, they do need to experience a certain degree of adventure so add in some fun activities that will entertain the children for hours while allowing them to develop their motor skills, balance and sense of adventure. An overgrown garden can be an exciting place to explore for a child. Encourage your children to use their imagination in their play. Trampolines are great for helping children burn up energy. YOUR LOCAL PLANT SPECIALISTS Children of all ages love huts. NOW OPEN 7 DAYS 1133 Main South Road - 0800 800 352 - southernwoods.co.nz STOP birdS hail, leaves, snow & vermin from blocking & damaging your spouting Quality materials: BHP Colorbond steel mesh with unique patented louvre which will even keep out pine needles. Will not rust or sag with age or load. 10 year warranty, range of colours Proven in Australia & New Zealand over the last 15 years. FOR SAFE, PURE DRINKING WATER FROM YOUR ROOF. NOW AVAILABLE: STAINLESS STEEL MICRO MESH www.gumleaf.co.nz Call Rohan Rudd anytime Mon-Sat for a no-obligation assessment & quote 0800 486 532 03 982 8850