Something that has been on our “to do” list for a while now is a visit to Ferrymead Heritage Park, home to a model Edwardian township, wonderfully restored vintage vehicles, and several heritage societies. In light of Farm Girl’s recent historical questioning, we figured the time was ripe so we loaded up the Homestead Mobile for the ten minute jaunt and hit the road.
Ferrymead, named for the ferry that transported colonists, footsore from hefting their belongings over the Bridle Path from Port Lyttelton after four or so months at sea, across the Heathcote River for another 10 km plus footslog to their new life. Apparently the ferry was situated in a meadow.
Back in the dim dark past when the older Homesteaders were youngsters, compulsory school visits to the then stark, windswept collection of tumbledown buildings, rusty machinery and ricketty clubhouses had one redeeming feature: a trip on one of the wonderfully restored steam trains or trams. How things have changed.
Through this modest entrance…
…you wander directly into the main street of the fictitious Kiwi Edwardian township of Moorhouse.
Moorhouse, like any worthy township of the time, has a post office, church,
school, general store, tea room, railway station,
blacksmith, baker, picture house,
printers, theatre – it even has a Free Masons Lodge and Coronation Park – but by far the Homestead’s favourite part were the cottages. Unfortunately for our blog, we were so enamoured with spotting the similarities and differences between life then and now that our photo taking (haphazard at best) shamefully dwindled.
Farm Girl was fascinated by the outside plumbing,
a little concerned by the police cell, complete with prisoner,
and enjoyed her steam train ride as much as the older Homesteaders had in their youth