Our Visit to Ivy Cottage (Willow Bank)
Our group visited Ivy Cottage on a beautiful Nelson autumn day – sunny, still and golden. Christine Grieder and Kim Kerslake are interested in preserving old buildings and have grouped together on their lifestyle block, about 1 km south of Wakefield on the main highway some interesting, historical and unique structures to accomodate their interest in antiques and a sustainable way of life.
Ivy Cottage was built about 1905. The old weatherboards have been replaced with Lawson Cypress boards, similar in size to the original which need no painting or oiling.
Two friendly Jerusalem donkeys enjoy the attention of visitors.
A covered notice board at the entrance to Ivy Cottage
A shady arbour being developed from weeping willows planted closely together.
An above-ground cellar (south facing) avoids costly excavation. It is a modified concrete water tank with two vents, used to store apples and wine.
A small church moved from Collingwood St, Nelson, now acts as a very attractive conference hall.
Antiques are Christine’s passion. Built in the 1880’s for a cowman/gardener, this cottage is now used as an up-market B&B.
The window house was designed to display Christine’s collection of unique windows. It acts as a greenhouse/conservatory.
Society members enjoy Christine’s fine china at lunchtime in the Open Bretheren Church, built in 1880 on Collingwood Street by Thomas Cawthron.