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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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Or rather stuck in the mud! I returned home to Struan Farm from a quick trip to Auckland this week to learn from nephew Mike that the four pet lambs in the front paddock had decided to explore the pond. He arrived to give them their morning bottle and had... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Struan Farm
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The larger pet lamb mob has been wandering here at Struan Farm! It was fun to see Matilda, Clover, Romeo, Mixie, Dixie and Scout play around the huge poplar tree recently felled. I couldn't decide whether to call this post "Lambs on the Log" or "Pets on the Poplar," so... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Struan Farm
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We've finally managed to get a break in the weather and work projects to get to the installation of the rusted steel sculpture John and I purchased in Nelson from Brendon & Jane Harley earlier this year. It's now out in the paddock here at Struan Farm, set on a... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Struan Farm
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The time had come for pet lamb TimTam to leave the confines of the Pet Pen in the backyard here at Struan Farm and move into the paddock with Alfie, Trixie, and Daisy. She's now down to three bottles a day as are they. The last time we tried this... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Struan Farm
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A few weeks into the pet lamb season here at Struan Farm I decided there had to be a better way to clean out ten bottles. I remembered that "back in the day" we had a particular style of brush to clean bottles, one with a long wire handle and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Struan Farm
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At least they're higher than last year, the tomato stakes that is. John designed, and nephew Mike constructed, a support structure for some of my heirloom tomatoes this season in the new bed in the backyard here at Struan Farm. Since we rotate our veggie and tomato beds, it's meant... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Struan Farm
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Sticking with yesterday's tree theme, John and nephew Mike are working on taking out some trees around the edges of our house at Struan Farm, basically to improve the outlook, when time, weather and other projects permit. They've started with the side where this work involves individual trees rather than... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Struan Farm
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Not in Brooklyn in this instance. John and I have been working to finish the gardens up at the new(ish) house at Struan Farm, and we're almost done. A few days ago we decided that we needed one more tree smallish tree for the front of the lawn area, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Struan Farm
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You may recall that Struan Farm's resident dog Clifford, an elder statesman at age 13, loves to live life on the edge. Several months ago he blew a ligament in his right rear leg chasing turkeys, something that destined him to a life of long term inflammatories each month. He... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Struan Farm
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I need to report that the consolidation of the two mobs of pet lambs didn't really work out here at Struan Farm over the past week. Bottle times were chaos with nine at the back gate, and the lambs stayed together in their original groups, didn't mix. Just like high... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Struan Farm
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The apples, quince, nashi, crab apple and pear trees have come into flower recently here at Struan Farm. The plums and peaches are done with their show, having opened the season. The good news is that there are heaps of pollinators working away with the new hives on the property.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Struan Farm
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We had the first shoot for the annual Struan Farm Christmas card this past weekend. Experience over the past few years has established that it's best to photograph the pet lambs before they get too big and stroppy, while there's still an element of innocence and willingness to wear the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2017 at Struan Farm
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I wanted to show you the beautiful daisy plants I've grown from cuttings here at Struan Farm, and this title came to mind. "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" was the title of a television show that aired in the US during my childhood. It was based on a movie starring... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at Struan Farm
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Sorry I'm late with today's post, but things happened this morning here at Struan Farm. Yes, lambs. The "little darlings." Yesterday when I returned from food shopping in town there were only two pet lambs, Trixie and Daisy, in the front paddock. I asked nephew Mike, who feeds them while... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Struan Farm
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The expression is meant to be roses rather than tomatoes, but here at Struan Farm it's getting to be tomato and veggie gardening time! Tomato seedlings and most veggie seeds are planted out Labour Weekend at the end of October, at which point we're past the risk of major frost.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at Struan Farm
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The bigger pet lambs (Matilda, Clover, Dixie, Mixie, Romeo and Scout) have started to roam the paddocks here at Struan Farm, getting just that bit more adventurous. They always manage to come back in time for bottles, but they're wandering further exploring the farm. They're also starting to eat grass.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Struan Farm
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Very exciting development over the weekend here at Struan Farm--we now have honey bee hives on the property! Friend Alan Bush asked us awhile ago if we wouldn't mind having them, and we are happy to do so. It's great for the gardens, fruit trees and the bees. Alan arrived,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Struan Farm
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I've been wanting to try a few more recipes from "Real Food by Mike," the new cookbook by Australia chef Mike McEnearney. A recent issue of MindFood magazine had a few sample recipes--one involved brussels sprouts, chick peas and a buttermilk, olive oil and dijon mustard dressing, the second kumara... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at Struan Farm
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Now let me start off by saying that we haven't had anyone named Harvey, Irma or Maria land here at Struan Farm in Piopio. Everything is relative, okay? While we haven't had category rated hurricanes, we have had a very grey, very wet and very rainy late winter and spring.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at Struan Farm
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I'd been afraid that the rabbits would decimate the tulip bulbs I planted in the new gardens at the new(ish) house here at Struan Farm. While they did nibble some, I managed to keep them away from most of them with garlic and chile powders at a critical time. Tulips... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at Struan Farm
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I've been counting birds AND bees here at Struan Farm. We've also taken part in the Great Kiwi Bee Count. It runs until 30 September, so it's not too late to take part. This count only takes two minutes. You pick a flowering plant and count and note the various... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at Struan Farm
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The sun coming out at Struan Farm makes everyone happy, not just me. I was able to walk up to them while they were dozing. Several mums were fretting a wee bit nearby but didn't sound the alarm since I was quite quiet. No sudden moves when stalking sunning lambs!... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Struan Farm
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I managed to catch up with former pet lambs Tootsie, Cookie and Ruby a few days ago. Tootsie and Cookie have been down at the river since lambing started. They didn't have lambs this year which is actually better for them. We just hadn't known if the ram had gotten... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Struan Farm
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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 Sep 24, 2017 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 Sep 22, 2017 at Struan Farm