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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
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Now that all those leaves are gone, it's amazing to see the beautiful shadows the oak and walnut trees cast below the Cottage at Struan Farm: Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Struan Farm
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No, not talking about the Garden of Eden, but rather our first garden up at the new house at Struan Farm. We've sprayed off the grass, and sister-in-law Anna and I are getting ready to lay out plants we've purchased (at least the first round), as well as some dahlias,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Struan Farm
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John dug our first potato patch two weeks ago, and we planted seed potatoes the following week. Good to see some sprouts from the first early "Jersey Bennes" start to come up. We also planted "Agria," which should be a bit later. This is my first attempt at growing potatoes,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Struan Farm
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Yesterday Piopio Primary School held its annual "Calf Club Day." I haven't been in Piopio during the week previously to be able to attend, so was really looking forward to seeing what went on. It's an annual opportunity in this small rural community for kids to bring their farm pets... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Struan Farm
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We finally managed to get some fertiliser/lime spread on the paddocks at Struan Farm. This is done by truck rather than airplane given our relatively small remaining acreage (60). The original farm was much larger. The only problem now is that there's only one man in the area who does... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Struan Farm
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The stone masons have been working away the past two weeks at Struan Farm, in between rainy days. Our front gate at the new house is finally finished! After I took these pics John took down the ratty farm gate that we've used in the meantime, as well as the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Struan Farm
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John has been doing really, really well with his "to do list." Much better than me! He's been busy digging post holes and putting up posts for our Struan Farm farmstay "Reception" and "River Track" signs that I've painted. I actually hadn't watched the whole process before, but I now... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at Struan Farm
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The Struan Farm heirloom iris, of course! Once it heard there was a contest, it popped open with three blooms. No one else is close to opening. Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Struan Farm
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We're still a construction site at the new house at Struan Farm. Right now it's the backyard, where the builders have been constructing a rather large firewood shed, and laying out boxing for the concrete paths to my veggie garden beds: Do you remember the TV show "I Dream of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Struan Farm
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Here's Jim's Hut at Struan Farm with its new deck, along with its fantastic views overlooking the Mangaotaki River: Now all it needs are some steps! Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Struan Farm
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The irises are next to bloom in the gardens at Struan Farm, and I've been keeping my eye on them. Right now there are two main contenders for the first to bloom: At the top is one I purchased from Richmond Irises and planted this past season, so it will... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Struan Farm
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Over the past two weekends I've been testing out recipes from Annabel Langbein's latest cookbook, "The Free Range Cook: through the seasons." A week ago I made "Farmhouse Chicken Pie," "Satay Chicken Salad," and "Avocado Salsa Timbales," to rave reviews. This past weekend I switched to seafood, and made "Seafood... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at Struan Farm
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I had to break it to Stuffy, one of our garden gnomes at Struan Farm, that no, he can't eat these toadstools. "Scarlet flycap" aka Amanita muscaria are poisonous! Yes, they're quite pretty, so he can keep them to look at, but no nibbles. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Struan Farm
John won't do that sort of thing, that's my territory (or not)....
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2014 on Spud, continued at Struan Farm
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Just finished painting signs to guide first time farmstay guests from Struan Farm's main entrance via our farm track up to the new house, aka "Reception." John decided we should leave nothing to chance, make the route completely obvious. The drive goes over two cattle stops, which could be confusing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Struan Farm
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I rarely, if ever, write two posts in one day. However something rare happened today. Today was my day to go into town to food shop and run errands. As a result, I was a little late feeding Spud his lunchtime bottle. When I got home, I discovered that he'd... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Struan Farm
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Our little friend Spud is back at home at Struan Farm after his stint at Auntie Anna's. He started to misbehave, getting out of the paddock. And with bulls going in next door it was decided he should return home. It's a wee bit of an adjustment for us all,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Struan Farm
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It was hot and I was out painting trellises and benches in the gardens at Struan Farm. Time to make freshly brewed iced tea, first batch of the season. Not all that common here in NZ, but the best to quench a thirst in my book, with lots of fresh... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Struan Farm
Must have been what everyone did back then?!
Toggle Commented Oct 6, 2014 on Trellis Time at Struan Farm
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We had an amazing run of beautiful spring weather this past week at Struan Farm in Piopio. So much so that I had no choice but to get out and paint the garden trellises at the Homestead. The joke in John's family is that the trellises used to get painted... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Struan Farm
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I've had two garden benches sitting on the Homestead lawn at Struan Farm staring at me, waiting to be painted. They weren't accusatory, pretty patient actually. They've been there for months. Okay, months and months. I thought they might be painted bright blue, like their sibling. John's dad Maurie, the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Struan Farm
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Turns out the parrot tulips on the other side of our entrance gate at Struan Farm are red, and quite wow: Some are more yellow than red: And here are some other pink tulips (not parrots), just because: Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Struan Farm
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A few days ago John noticed a little lamb without any mum nibbling grass by the Cottage at Struan Farm. He thought she was still too young to be on her own, and looked in need of a feed. So we rounded her up and got the bottle. She wasn't... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Struan Farm
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It's always good to have a wander down by the river at Struan Farm. Things happen, things change, particularly depending on the time of year. It's a relaxing place to meander, I find the sound of rushing water peaceful and meditative, think Clifford does too! Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Struan Farm
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Jim's Hut is getting a deck! We decided that its scenic overlook, above the Mangaotaki River at Struan Farm, just cries out for a deck. So the builders are back and work started this week. Everyone agrees this will be the spot for drinks and nibbles in summer! Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Struan Farm