2 30 Tuesday [Edition datE] October 10 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Backyard Critters Local News Now SELWYN TIMES Fire rages, homes at risk THE UBIQUITOUS house spider Tegenaria domestica is a European species that has spread worldwide. It was first noticed in Canterbury in 1940s. This 6-12mm hairy brown spider builds dense sheet web in corners of buildings typically with a tubular retreat in one corner. When prey such as fly is HAIRY: It is thought the ubiquitous house spider can live as long as seven years and produce as many as nine egg sacs usually located near their web. Spider at home in the house Mike Bowie is an ecologist who specialises in entomology (insects and other invertebrates). Each week he introduces a new species found in his backyard at Lincoln. His column aims to raise public awareness of biodiversity, the variety of living things around us caught in its web, the spider rushes out from its retreat to grab the victim and retires to its retreat to dine. These spiders are often found trapped into empty baths, basins or jars in storage. It is thought that this species can live as long as seven years and produce as many as nine egg sacs usually located near their web. LINCOLN University researchers say the days of the white slice may be over, as growing health consciousness drives more consumers to buy grain loaves, or avoid bread completely. A survey of shoppers in supermarkets by Lincoln lecturers Sue Trafford and Sharon Forbes found about half thought white bread was unhealthy. Of the shoppers surveyed, 80 per cent perceived multigrain breads to be healthier than other options. It found 23 per cent of shoppers bought white bread, and 77 non-white. That was a turnaround from the numbers almost 40 years ago, when a 1978 survey of shoppers found 89 per cent bought DAILY BREAD: Zoe Barczyk and Tracey Booth with their preferred loaves. Lincoln researchers on the end of white bread white bread. Supermarket scanner data from across New Zealand showed sales of white bread fell four per cent last year, while non-white bread sales rose 1.6 per cent. Dr Forbes said a lot of fad diets pushed messages that carbohydrates were unhealthy, but they did not tell the whole story. “I think the nutritionists need to speak up a lot louder, because there are a lot of things in bread, even in white bread, that we really need in our diets, like fibre and folic acid.” She said bread consumption could also be reducing due to the variety of products available for breakfast or lunch, such as cereals, smoothies, sushi, salads and fast food. BUILD 7 A ‘real show home’ open to the public Every Sunday in October (12pm-3pm) the public will have the opportunity to visit a show home with a difference in Lincoln. Unlike the usual show homes people visit when they are in the market to build a new home, this is a real home on show, where builder Jamie Cowan lives with his wife Francesca and their young son. “We wanted to show people the Build7 process first-hand, with a home that we are proud to live in ourselves,” Francesca says. Jamie and Francesca are the Canterbury owners of Build7, a home building company different from most other building companies operating in the New Zealand market. As Francesca explains: “We don’t have set plans that clients choose from. Instead, we sit down with every client and take the design brief from them, and that includes their seven ‘musthaves’. They can also bring in photos of interiors and styles they like and we can work from those. “We find it a lot easier to design a house from scratch. Everyone has a different idea for their house, and with our method they get exactly what they want. From the briefing we develop a concept pack, which includes renders, a floor plan and elevations, and this is a free service.” Top-quality construction of the client’s home is ensured with Jamie’s 18 years’ building experience – he completed his apprenticeship and early years in Canterbury before spending significant time in Sydney fine-tuning his craft. As the project manager on every build, he is in contact with the client right through the process. Build7 designs and builds homes for all budgets, Francesca says. “We work within the client’s budget, which can range from a Kiwisaver first home build, right through to highend properties, where we work with architects if required.” The company has a range of suppliers, coupled with strong trade relationships that come with being a national building company, giving clients an extensive selection of materials and fittings to choose from, while the services of an interior designer are included in the package. Jamie and Francesca’s home is part of Tomorrow’s Show Homes, a programme presenting show homes around New Zealand that are more innovative than standard homes. A four-bedroom home, it was designed it for maximum light, with a contemporary décor and a good connection between indoors and outdoors. Located at 45 Sunline Avenue in the Flemington subdivision in Lincoln, it is open for viewing from 12pm-3pm every Sunday in October.
2 SELWYN TIMES [Edition datE] Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday October 10 2017 31 Fun times for families at local leisure spot The focus is very much on family entertainment at the popular leisure outlet, Ferrymead Golf, and with new activities just launched in time for the school holidays there is even more for families to enjoy. A new moving target has been installed at the driving range, which features pigs and ducks for you to try and hit with the ball, plus there are three clown heads that ‘catch’ balls fired from four air cannons. Another exciting new offer is the ‘Family Affair’ package available on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. For just $99, up to two adults and three children can play unlimited miniputt – indoor and outdoor, hit 150 balls on the driving range, which includes club hire, and enjoy a large WOW pizza and a bowl of fries. Bookings are essential for this. For the grown-ups Ferrymead Golf is offering specials every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 5pm-8pm. These are: $11 jugs of Speights or Macs Gold; $22 Bucket ‘n’ Bevvy, which includes 100 balls (excluding club hire), plus a pint of Sepights or Macs Gold, or a glass of house wine; and $35 Bucket, Bevvy ‘n’ Burger, which includes 100 balls (excluding club hire), a pint of Speights or Macs Gold or a glass of house wine and a Wow burger and fries. For the ladies, Friday night is Ladies’ Night. For IT’S A BLAST! THESE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS $25, ladies get a glass of bubbly or red or white house wine, unlimited miniputt – indoor and outdoor, and 50 balls on the driving range, including club hire. Another new development at Ferrymead Golf is the creation of the Ferrymead Events Centre for functions in the restaurant area. The facility can cater for up to 170 people, including 110 in the marquee, so is ideal for all types of celebration such as special birthdays, anniversaries and engagements. It is also a great spot for work Christmas functions, and there are still some dates available for the upcoming festive season. With the stunning backdrop of the Port Hills, plenty of parking, as well as food, drink and activities, Ferrymead Golf is the perfect location to enjoy time with family and friends and celebrate those special occasions. For bookings, phone 376 5350. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note: Bookings are essential for all deals, and deals are not available if venue is booked for a private function. FAMIlY HolIDAY EnTERTAInMEnT the ‘great’ golf ball AIR CANNON CHALLENGE 9 HolE golF coURSE DRIVIng RAngE Try your best shot on one of the 4 powerful air cannons to get a golf ball into the mouth of one of the 3 moving clown heads AIR cAnnon cHAllEngE STIll RocK oUTDooR MInI PUTT 50 FERRYMEAD PARK DRIVE, FERRYMEAD PH 376-5350 | WWW.FERRYMEADgolF.co.nz