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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
It's the time of the year to think about saving seeds and do it. This is definitely an economical way to have heaps of flowers in the gardens here at Struan Farm, even if it does take a bit of time and effort. While I do leave some seed heads... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at Struan Farm
Very excited to see the pomegranate bush I planted as an experiment here at Struan Farm flowering for the first time! I'm not sure what happens next, but will keep an eye on things. Pomegranates are quite frost tender, so I've planted this bush next to the house in the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Struan Farm
It was definitely a big change of pace for John and me, but guess who we saw on Saturday night, along with 44,998 other people? Yep, Adele! She performed three sold out concerts in the round at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland. NZ was literally the last stop on her... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Struan Farm
This is one of two sunflowers that grew in the Homestead gardens near Heidi's green gate and the Pet Paddock this year. If you knew how many sunflower seeds I planted in this bed you would laugh: over forty. Of various varieties. One thing gardening teaches you is that Mother... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Struan Farm
We've been talking about "Indian Summers" recently at Struan Farm. I asked John if he were familiar with the term, which he was. But he couldn't remember if that was because of his days living in Washington State or due to its usage here in New Zealand. He wasn't sure.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Struan Farm
It's that time of the year when the native jasmine, "Kaihua," is blooming in one of our QEII protected bush reserves. While I can show you some photos, apologies, but I can't share its wonderful fragrance with you! Normally it grows at the tops of high trees, but we're lucky... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Struan Farm
Truth be told, I'm not the best housekeeper on the planet. I'd much rather be outside in the gardens doing something. Planting, weeding, raking, growing. But this is the kind of house cleaning I don't mind: the glass/greenhouse. It was high time for the annual clean out. The basil crop... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Struan Farm
We didn't have the best weather this past summer, as previously advertised. At least in our little corner of the world at Struan Farm in Piopio. We got quite a bit of rain. Our weather patterns are different from Hamilton, Te Kuiti and even Piopio village, ten minutes away. It... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Struan Farm
It was a beautiful, sunny day yesterday at Struan Farm. John proposed a picnic lunch down at the river so that I could see the new deck nephew Mike has built on the boat shed at the Mangaotaki River rapids and sandy beach. And I accepted, happy to have a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at Struan Farm
I've been keeping an eye on the little heirloom fig tree in the Old Orchard Paddock at Struan Farm. There are heaps of figs, ripening. They aren't ripe yet, and the birds haven't found them yet either. Fingers crossed I will beat the birds to them when they're ripe. You... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at Struan Farm
Cookie, Tootsie, Mickey and Minnie travelled down to the Wool Shed at Struan Farm yet again this past week, this time to spend some quality time with Farmer John. They were shorn and dusted for fly, he also checked Tootsie out carefully to make sure she was okay after her... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Struan Farm
While I'm still contending with the last gasp of this year's tomato harvest, roasting batches of those daily, the apples are starting to land at Struan Farm. John's been munching away on the Peasgood Nonsuch, grabbing fruit off the tree as he's passed by on the lawn mower. So while... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Struan Farm
It's just about time for the ram to be put out amongst the hoggets here at Struan Farm. "Hoggets" including former pet lambs Rosie, Ruby, Pip and Pepper. I'm not worried about Ruby, who's probably as big if not bigger than the ram. And Pip and Pepper will take these... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Struan Farm
Friends Rob and Lin visited us at Struan Farm over the weekend from Cheltenham, UK. In addition to visits to nearby Hairy Feet Waitomo and Waitomo Caves, we had dinner one night at Piopio's Night Owl Restaurant. Rob also wanted a chance to drive our vintage David Brown 850 tractor... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Struan Farm
We had friends from the UK in the Homestead this weekend and farmstay guests in the Cottage in town for a wedding. So lots of flowers around the place. Here are a few: I hadn't had time to deadhead until yesterday, so am taking what I can find with the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2017 at Struan Farm
They just looked so beautiful sitting on the kitchen bench I couldn't resist! Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Struan Farm
I had a brief window of time this week to hit the veggie gardens here at Struan Farm. It's that point in the season when most summer veggies have done their major dash, but there's still a bit of time for a second crop of some things if the spent... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Struan Farm
We've made some progress on the second recycled pergola at the new(ish) house at Struan Farm. It took us awhile to decide where to put it on the front lawn, but nephew Mike has now got it up and concreted in. Grey paving stone have been laid in the middle,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Struan Farm
It seems that the monarch chrysalis has hatched and Madame Butterfly has flown the coop! Here's to more monarch butterflies sailing the skies around Struan Farm. Next year I will plant more swan plants for sure. Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Struan Farm
I'm managing to keep up with the daily wave of ripening tomatoes here at Struan Farm, just. The crop isn't like last year, where there were buckets of beautiful fruit each day. I'm working for this crop, picking ripening fruit and bringing it inside to finish the job away from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Struan Farm
Had a bit of time before making dinner on Saturday night to head out to the gardens at Struan Farm, scissors in hand. I wanted flowers for the table. We've been so busy no one has had time to stop and smell the flowers, let alone cut any. Except those... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Struan Farm
We're both busy and "buzzy" right now here at Struan Farm. On the busy front we've got lots of farmstay guests coming to visit, at least through Easter. My gardening is slipping but I'm on top of the laundry and cleaning (and the ripening tomatoes). We're pretty much booked out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2017 at Struan Farm
The monarch butterfly caterpillar eating away at our swan plant in the gardens here at Struan Farm has transformed itself into a chrysalis! Here's hoping we will see the butterfly when it emerges....I've already decided to plant more swan plants next year so that we can encourage more monarchs. Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at Struan Farm
I wish! Strawberry season is coming to a close this week at Piopio Berry Orchard, and I'm quite sad. Normally by the end of the season each year I've had my fill, and am ready for a change to blueberries and even raspberries. But this year I don't feel like... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Struan Farm
The digger showed up again a few days ago at Struan Farm. Yep, some projects in the works. The Old Orchard Paddock near the Pet Paddock has been "re-contoured," making an improved walkway down from the gate above (and the helicopter landing area). John is also changing fencing to extend... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Struan Farm