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Karen
Piopio New Zealand
Lamb wrangler, gardener & knitter
Interests: knitting, cooking, gardening, photograhy, walking the hills with Clifford our dog, watching lambs frolic, being creative generally
Recent Activity
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Since Friday Struan Farm has been participating in the Great Kereru Count 2017. I've been taking walks in the mornings and late afternoons to find and observe the native wood pigeons on our property, also noting random sightings. The count runs until October 1st. The first day I was somewhat... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Struan Farm
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Remember yesterday's late arrival at Struan Farm? Well it turns out that she's not a ram! Closer examination (look underneath duh Karen?) has revealed that our new pet lamb is a ewe. She's been christened "TimTam" after the much loved chocolate biscuit, and is hanging out in the Pet Pen.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Struan Farm
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Remember how we had one extra space on that bottle drying rack for the pet lambs here at Struan Farm? Well, nephew Mike rode up on his quad bike yesterday afternoon to bring me a present: He (I'm pretty sure he's a ram but need to double check) is a... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Struan Farm
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A few days ago we moved pet lambs Trixie, Alfie and Daisy from the Pet Pen out to the paddock here at Struan Farm. We've put them in a different paddock from the other six pet lambs (Matilda, Clover, Romeo, Scout, Mixie and Dixie) to make our lives simpler with... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Struan Farm
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I was going to entitle this post "Houston, We Have Germination," but poor Houston is too busy coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, so we haven't gone there. The seed trays in the glasshouse in the backyard at Struan Farm are bursting forth with tomatoes, flowers, italian parsley, zucchini... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Struan Farm
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John and I went for a walk around Struan Farm a few days ago to check out the lay of the land. It had been raining and we both had cabin fever. As we returned to the house I saw a huge, fat native wood pigeon (kereru) sitting on a... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Struan Farm
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Sunshine, finally! I wasn't the only one tired of weeks of rain here at Struan Farm, the lambs, birds and bees were with me on that one. So when the sun came out everyone else turned out too. John's avenue of flowering Awanui cherry trees through the Cottage Paddock looks... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Struan Farm
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Life has its various milestones, markers beside the road that tell us how far we've come. One of those for grandchildren at Struan Farm is getting their first pair of proper "Red Band" gumboots. They get taken to the farm store in Piopio for the whole experience. It's quite a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at Struan Farm
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Matilda and her twin sister Clover were the first pets to arrive at Struan Farm this season. Farmer John helped with their delivery in our wool shed, their mum had a problem. He'd thought her problems were over with the lambs being born, however she then had no milk. So... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at Struan Farm
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I've been meaning to go out and harvest our Meyer lemon crop here at Struan Farm and finally got around to it. We have three dwarf trees, two of which fruited quite well this season.The third needs some love and attention, right now it's got sooty mold, perhaps because it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at Struan Farm
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Right now I'd characterise pet lamb Trixie as a complex individual, our problem child here at Struan Farm. She's one of the triplets, along with Mixie and Dixie. She was the largest of the three at birth, but also the most frail. Upon arrival I wasn't sure she would survive,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Struan Farm
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This weekend here at Struan Farm I decided to try to experiment making a dairy free version Annabel Langbein's sticky date pudding recipe, using Olivani instead of butter. This recipe is from the original "Free Range Cook," and is lighter than traditional sticky date. Pears are put in concentric rings... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Struan Farm
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I ran out between downpours this weekend at Struan Farm to put together a wee jar of spring flowers to brighten up the table: I'm liking the ones I arranged for the Homestead farmstay guests a bit better, but then it wasn't raining when I did those, not quite the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2017 at Struan Farm
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I've been starting to get a wee bit tired of the mess in the kitchen associated with "lamb feeding central" here at Struan Farm. The operation involves bottles, milk powder, teats, measuring cups, whisk, spoons, funnel, kitchen scale, and dedicated tea towels. It's pretty much impossible to keep things clean... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at Struan Farm
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Named after one of the main characters in my favourite book, Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," Scout came to us courtesy of Farmer John. She was a triplet abandoned by mum who just couldn't cope. Unlike most of the mob, she knows her name, and love pats. She has... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Struan Farm
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The sun has finally decided to shine here at Struan Farm, coaxing spring flowers to bloom and fruit trees, at least the plums and peaches, to start to flower. Hooray! It does mean that I can't get that second spray of copper onto these trees now that they're flowering, but... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at Struan Farm
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The daffodils are up and into their annual show, including the new bulbs I planted last autumn here at Struan Farm. Now I just need to remember where the gaps are for next season! The earlier plum trees are also starting to bloom, seems we've turned a bit of a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Struan Farm
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Don't tell John, okay? This is just between us. I think I may have gone over the cliff with the pet lamb numbers at Struan Farm this year. Right now our happy little flock numbers nine. We lost three, two unnamed ewes who didn't survive that first critical day due... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at Struan Farm
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It's always great to see the grandchildren enjoy the pet lambs, both new and old, here at Struan Farm. Granddaughter Livvy is quite the "lamb girl." We can remember when she was afraid to go out in the paddock with them, now she has no fear whatsoever, asks which ones... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2017 at Struan Farm
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Looked out from the bedroom window a short while ago and saw Matilda, Clover, Romeo, Trixie, Dixie, Mixie and Scout blobbing out between bottles at the back gate here at Struan Farm. Alfie and Daisy are still in the Pet Pen, I'm giving them a bit more time before putting... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2017 at Struan Farm
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Our brilliant red "cornubia" rhodo at the front entrance of Struan Farm has started to bloom. Always a good sign that spring is on the way. Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at Struan Farm
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It's been mostly lambs this week at Struan Farm, both for me and for you. Time for a brief break from all that! I managed to find time to bake Nigel Slater's "Blackcurrant almond tart" for John's dessert one evening. We've been eating pretty simple fare at the moment, just... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Struan Farm
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It's been busy here at Struan Farm with lambing and pet lambs. John's "lamb feeding device" is now operational at the paddock fence in the backyard. Matilda, Clover, Romeo, Trixie, Dixie and Mixie are all onto the programme, check it out: Over the past 24 hours "Scout" and "Daisy," ewe... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Struan Farm
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John and I have been helping Farmer John by moving those ewes that have lambed, along with their lambs, into certain paddocks here at Struan Farm. This way the ewes that haven't lambed are in designated paddocks so we know where to go to check them, and those with lambs... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Struan Farm
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John spent yesterday afternoon in his workshop here at Struan Farm, crafting a "lamb feeding device" for installation at the back gate. He has less patience than I do for the feeding scrums that go on, at least until things settle into a routine and pecking order. In fairness, he's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Struan Farm