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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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As I've mentioned, we had a very low key joint birthday party this past weekend for granddaughter Livvy and John. They'd agreed to celebrate their birthdays together, although Livvy dictated the cake choice: chocolate. John's birthday is more the milestone of the two. He will get his preference, sultana cake,... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at Struan Farm
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The Te Kuiti Medical Centre held its annual holiday function in the Homestead Gardens here at Struan Farm over the weekend. In addition to a buffet dinner catered by The Fat Pigeon, they played heaps of games: croquet, badminton, gumboot toss, wheelbarrow race, "hungry hippos" (a new one on me!),... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Struan Farm
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We had a bit going on over the weekend here at Struan Farm. The Te Kuiti Medical Centre had its annual Christmas function in the Homestead Gardens on Saturday, with games and food catered by The Fat Pigeon Cafe. We also had a rather special joint birthday celebration for granddaughter... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Struan Farm
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There's a bit of a "situation" to report by the water tank at the new(ish) house here at Struan Farm. The lavender I planted around our water tank last year, the plants that flowered so brilliantly last season, are doing something rather odd. Only half of them have flowered, those... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Struan Farm
Thanks Mandy! I'm not sure I saved any photos of what it looked like before, but I'll go look at some point....I grew all the pink, red, white and orange roses in the old swimming pool from cuttings.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on A Rose is a Rose is a Rose at Struan Farm
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To quote Gertrude Stein, things are what they are right now at Struan Farm. The roses are blooming profusely! The gardener (ahem, that would be me) needs to get started dead heading or there will be fallen petals all over shortly. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Struan Farm
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With thanks to local Te Kuiti artist Jill Ikin, the Cottage at Struan Farm has its identity back! I was introduced to Jill by Sue at Creative Spaces after Zenna at Oops.A.Daisy suggested I talk to Sue. (As you can see, it's sixty degrees of separation here in Piopio/Te Kuiti.)... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Struan Farm
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I've found myself running a bit low on strawberry jam, and a bit high on farmstay guests here at Struan Farm. So I've had to crack into making strawberry jam a bit early....I made a quick batch this week for arriving guests. Just a teaser, but this gets me through... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Struan Farm
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I have a helper on bottle duty on weekends here at Struan Farm so am able to sleep in just a wee bit: We also enlisted some farmstay guests to help out: We're now down to two bottles per day. Weaning happens in December. It will not be a happy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at Struan Farm
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I love this man dearly, I truly do. Most people must think I'm the eccentric one in this relationship. And yes, I do have my idiosyncrasies, but I can assure you my husband John and I are well matched on a number of fronts. Here he is, out mowing the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at Struan Farm
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I'm really happy with one of the new little garden beds "we" planted up at the newish house here at Struan Farm. Last year I popped in delphinium and scabiosa, along with other shrubs and flowers. As previously reported, it takes a year or two (or three) for plants to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at Struan Farm
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Last year I had good luck growing basil here at Struan Farm. I started seeds in trays in the warm glasshouse, which worked really well before planting them out. Friends Kris and Bob intervened to help make pesto at the end of the season so the surplus didn't go to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at Struan Farm
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Funny to see large groups of the sheep here at Struan Farm lounging under the trees. It starts to get warm and sunny, and they head for the shade to nap! I won't begrudge these girls their rest and relaxation, this time next year they'll all have lambs to worry... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Struan Farm
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Next weekend our farmstay accommodation is completely booked out here at Struan Farm. Things are definitely ramping up. This includes Jim's Hut down overlooking the river for the first time this season. Access in winter is just too difficult down (and up) the steep track in rainy weather, so practically... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at Struan Farm
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John and I were bopping along the farm track by the pond a few days ago here at Struan Farm when I looked over at a cluster of "pongas," native tree ferns, and saw this: A massive number of unfurling fronds, or "koru." The word means "loop" in Te Reo... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Struan Farm
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Honest. The first time I had this happen was last weekend, when I made up a flower arrangement for visiting friends Elizabeth and Bruce in the Homestead here at Struan Farm. I went out to the gardens, roaming, with scissors and a cutting jar. Normally I cut what catches my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Struan Farm
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No more intruding sheep at the Homestead here at Struan Farm, at least that I've been able to see. But the gardens are continuing their seasonal show, I even have some green tomatoes coming in the raised bed down there! The dogwoods are starting to come out, although the pink... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at Struan Farm
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I popped down to the Homestead here at Struan Farm one morning this week to run a quick errand. As I walked through the rose garden there was what looked to be sheep poo on the walkway. SHEEP POO in my rose garden. Not anything used on the garden, rather... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Struan Farm
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John and I tried to have a few later sleeps this week here at Struan Farm, especially after our long day on the Forgotten World Rail Trail. Only one problem: Guess I should say there were four problems! Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Struan Farm
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Just wanted to report back on the Piopio Strawberry Sour Cream ice cream. While we sampled the strawberry "soup" along with the Toasted Coconut and Honey Lavender ice creams I made for dinner over the weekend here at Struan Farm, I popped the soup back into the freezer. And voila!... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Struan Farm
Hi Jodie, Unfortunately I don't think the recipe worked all that well, so wouldn't recommend you use it...in fact, I may have tossed it out. Best to make something else! Cheers Karen
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Friends Bruce & Elizabeth, John and I got up very early this past Saturday morning and left Struan Farm for nearby Taumarunui. We'd booked a trip with Forgotten World Adventures along the Forgotten World Highway rail trail. It was quite an adventure indeed! We were taken from the office in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at Struan Farm
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Friends in the Homestead here this weekend at Struan Farm, plus a dinner or two. So flowers, of course! Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at Struan Farm
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No, not about the US election (okay, maybe that too). But rather ice cream, of course! We've had friends from Auckland come to visit Struan Farm this weekend so we could all go on the Forgotten World Adventures rail trail trip. More on that in the next day or so.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at Struan Farm
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Haven't written much about the little darlings recently, have I? Pet lambs Cookie, Buster, Curly and Tootsie continue to grow and amuse (mostly) here at Struan Farm. A few days ago they didn't show up at the back gate for breakfast, or respond to my calls, so I went off... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Struan Farm