This is Karen's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following Karen's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
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
Image
It's been raining here at Struan Farm this past week. Between downpours I looked out and saw glistening raindrops on several shrubs in the gardens. No raindrops on roses a la Sound Of Music, but beautiful raindrops nonetheless. I take my blog posts where and when I find them, often... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Struan Farm
Image
John and I took a stroll through one of our native QEII bush reserves the other day here at Struan Farm. He's been working to clean up and make bush tracks around the property so that they're easier for guests to see and follow, and wanted my feedback. We are... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Struan Farm
Image
It's that time of the year. Citrus isn't easy in Piopio with our hard frosts, but we manage to muddle through here at Struan Farm with hardier varieties like Meyer lemons and Satsuma mandarins planted in protected places. This year the trees look to be thriving, with heaps of fruit... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Struan Farm
Image
I know, it's supposed to be "an apple a day." But at the moment my mantra here at Struan Farm is "a tray a day," at least each rainy day. That's a tray of walnuts to be shelled and stored in ziplock bags in the freezer each rainy day. The... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Struan Farm
Image
Good news, the "HMS Maurie" has been relocated (finally) out of John's workshop here at Struan Farm and moved to the tractor shed pending the construction of its new home at the pond. Nephew Mike will be building a new little boat shed out of recycled corrugated iron. The idea... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Struan Farm
Image
It's not a good idea for me to do anything except shower before my coffee in the morning here at Struan Farm. I know this, so I shouldn't have set off outside to move the ewes first thing this morning. But I did. They were all standing beside the next... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Struan Farm
Image
John is always proud of himself when he discovers something "blog worthy" around Struan Farm, and this would be one of those things: A rotting tree stump along the roadside Pet Paddock. Normally I classify tree stumps as blights on the landscape, and order their removal as soon as practically... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Struan Farm
Image
My extreme weeding efforts in the gardens here at Struan Farm are stirring up insects as you might expect. Our native fantail birds have become my new best friends as a result. They flit around and aren't shy with me any more. Yesterday I counted four in the garden. They... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at Struan Farm
Image
John and I took a stroll in the Pet Paddock here at Struan Farm one afternoon this week to catch up with the seasonal changes in the trees. The Dawn Redwoods look amazing, especially in soft golden light. The large ginkgo at the far end of the paddock is just... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at Struan Farm
Image
Despite our recent juice making adventures there are still heaps of crabapples hanging from the Jack Humm crabapple tree in the orchard here at Struan Farm. So we were very happy to see a mob of little "wax eye" birds enjoying the fruit (or "silver eyes," whichever you call them).... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at Struan Farm
Image
For some reason my GP doesn't think I exercise enough. It seems extreme weeding, raking leaves and trimming hedges don't count. Pilates was mentioned. I'm meant to be taking time to walk around Struan Farm each day, up and down hills especially to get that cardio workout. And meditate. While... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2018 at Struan Farm
Image
You will know that John and I don't take much if any time off from working away here at Struan Farm. It's been a wet weekend, and we decided to take the long and scenic route over to Smart Plants in Te Kuiti, via Waimihi and Benneydale. We wanted to... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2018 at Struan Farm
Image
When I was growing up there was a popular television show called "The Rat Patrol," about soldiers roaming the African desert in jeeps during WWII, also "The Rat Pack," Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop, being cool and hanging out in Vegas. But this... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at Struan Farm
Image
I know this probably doesn't look like much, but it's how I spent most of my day yesterday. I took time out from finishing up cutting back and weeding the gardens at the house here at Struan Farm to trim the griselinia littoralis hedges that edge our driveway, then raked... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at Struan Farm
Image
I've been wanting to grow an avocado tree at Struan Farm as an experiment for awhile now. Our friends Malcolm and Theresa and Richard and Sharron, who grow them commercially, will be laughing if they read this. Avocados are frost tender, so aren't meant to grow here. But I haven't... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at Struan Farm
Image
You will know many trees grow in Piopio, especially here at Struan Farm. I was interested to catch up recently with the self-seeding oak trees I potted up a few years ago. This summer John planted them in a mini "tree farm" at the back gate to grow them on... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at Struan Farm
Image
That big basket of Monty's Surprise apples here at Struan Farm has been calling out to me. A few more apples also remain on the tree to pick, so I need to continue working away to use the bounty. I woke up a few days ago to a wet, foggy... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at Struan Farm
Image
Let me say upfront that I use the word "Trump" these days with considerable caution. But anyone who thinks Mother Nature doesn't has a sense of humour needs to reconsider after hearing my story. Take my violas here at Struan Farm. Take them, please! I've been trying to grow violas... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2018 at Struan Farm
Image
A few days ago I noticed some rather large fungi cropping up at the front entrance gate here at Struan Farm. I'm meant to be planting more tulips and daffodils in the roadside wooded garden here, also some purple crocus, and was contemplating the project. It's still a bit warm... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2018 at Struan Farm
Image
You may recall I am supposed to be weeding the gardens here at Struan Farm, and I am getting that done, I am. But it's been warm and sunny and it's also time to prune the peach trees, so I seized the moment, along with the loppers, secateurs and pruning... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at Struan Farm
Image
I haven't had much if any time of late to stop, look around, and enjoy the late afternoon autumn light here at Struan Farm. Until this week, when I took some time after a few stints of extreme weeding. We've had some magical days, with brilliant warm sunshine and golden... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2018 at Struan Farm
Image
The lettuce and spinach I started in big planters in the glasshouse for our winter salad consumption here at Struan Farm are thriving. So much so that I've already had to start the next generation, I think they call this "sequential sowing" to toss around a gardening term (or perhaps... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at Struan Farm
Image
John and I were away from Struan Farm for a few days at the end of last week, up north for the opening of a new medical centre in Papakura. We returned to quite the harvest of figs and feijoas, so I'm back on the job of putting all this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at Struan Farm
Image
I can announce that autumn has now definitely arrived at Struan Farm. We're not at peak just yet, but the colours and changes are happening, along with the early camellias. The bees and monarch butterflies seem especially grateful to and for the camellias. I've got just a bit of time... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2018 at Struan Farm
Image
I had the opportunity to bake a cake this week here at Struan Farm for a birthday celebration: mine. And a fifteenth wedding anniversary: mine and John's. Once again I made the Barefoot Contessa's carrot cake recipe, with Ottolenghi's maple icing. Iced naked, of course. I'm not sure I could... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2018 at Struan Farm