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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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This past weekend "Farm Girl" learned about "the grease gun." Apparently our beloved if ancient David Brown tractor here at Struan Farm needs to have its creaky joints greased from time to time. There's an equally ancient "gun" that does this job. The grease has run low, so I'm being... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Struan Farm
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A few days ago I decided to try an experiment. I've had Rosie, Struan Farm's new pet lamb, out of her pen to roam around the back yard, also the front lawn. She's been great, running and jumping around but barreling back to "mum" when called. And so I took... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Struan Farm
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Hoping I'm not being premature introducing you to Ruby, our newest pet lamb at Struan Farm. I got a call from the neighbouring farm today, they had a ewe lamb needing a home. John and I ran over and brought her home. She needed a feed, she's now had two.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Struan Farm
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Still a few lambs yet to drop at Struan Farm, but the remaining ewes are seriously close to lambing: (Not sure how many more of those you really need to see, sheep rears are not the most picturesque...) But on the picturesque front, the beautiful old magnolia tree at our... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Struan Farm
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John came back from an early morning lambing beat in the paddocks at Struan Farm to report that he'd seen TWENTY-ONE native wood pigeons feasting away in several poplar trees near our border fence with the neighbour. It's the time of year when they start to nibble emerging leaf buds... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Struan Farm
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My new greenhouse at Struan Farm is officially open! Mike did a great job on the paving stone floor, the racks are in too. John and I found a great deal on seed raising mix at the local Te Kuiti Warehouse store ($5 vs. $8-9 elsewhere), so we've stocked up.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Struan Farm
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Sometimes I participate in the lambing beat at Struan Farm. Usually it's in the late afternoon light, with camera in hand. Here's the latest... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Struan Farm
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Discovered these beautiful spider webs on our Weeping Copper Beach tree that's awaiting planting! Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2015 at Struan Farm
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This is what's happening right now in the paddocks at Struan Farm: Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2015 at Struan Farm
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No, not hair or phone extensions, but rather gardens. What else could it be at Struan Farm, really? A few weekends ago John got into a feature tree planting frenzy around the place, and decided that we didn't have enough gardens at the new(ish) house. He wanted ring gardens created... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at Struan Farm
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You will recall that Robertsons name pretty much everything at Struan Farm: paddocks, huts, gnomes. Last year when I named our pet lamb Spud "Spud" it engendered some controversy. Some people loved the name, others didn't. (Friend Katherine kept wanting us to rename him "Fred," which didn't happen!) Pet lamb... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at Struan Farm
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Two friends and former colleagues of mine made a flying overnight visit to Struan Farm this week. They arrived from Auckland in time to have a good walk around the property before it got dark, then fed Rosie before dinner and settled into the Cottage for the night. Fortunately we... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at Struan Farm
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After making two loaves of wholemeal bread and a batch of chocolate chip cookies for our weekend farmstay guests, I managed to find time to test out "Middle Eastern Broccoli Soup" from the MindFood magazine website. It was quick and easy to make (definitely doable from scratch in time for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Struan Farm
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This was one of those touch and go situations at Struan Farm where we weren't sure if there would be a happy ending. Farmer John arrived to deal with a ewe having a problem, and on the front seat of his ute there was a pet lamb for me. She'd... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at Struan Farm
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We've had a few sunny days recently, and the team from Eden arrived at Struan Farm to finish putting the glass in our new "glasshouse." Now Mike is working away at the challenging task of finishing the floor, which starts with metal/gravel then paving stones. The trick will be to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at Struan Farm
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I was just having lunch at the house when I looked down the paddock "bowl" out the front. One of the ewes down below wasn't moving much. I then saw a flash of white, which became a lamb. The first lamb! And then one became two. I'm a happy person... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at Struan Farm
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Guess who I found camping out in our guest room bed at the new(ish) house at Struan Farm? Two little gnomes. They've told me they're here for the new baby due in November (aka "Little Leroy"). They will stay in the guest room until he arrives and a contest for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at Struan Farm
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We seem to have turned the corner. The early daffodils popped up over the past few days at Struan Farm, passing on the word that spring is on the way. Hope those ewes starting listening, and they start birthing some lambs! Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at Struan Farm
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The team landed to assemble our new Eden glasshouse in the backyard at Struan Farm. Hooray, hooray, hooray is all I have to say! (That plus it was a bit more complicated than Lego.) Can't wait to get started with my veggie and flower seedlings. They are returning shortly to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at Struan Farm
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It was one of those weekends. It rained, hailed, was sunny, was sunny while it poured rain, etc. And while John and I did venture out to walk around the farm on lambing beats (no news yet!), it was pretty much an inside weekend here at Struan Farm. Once the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2015 at Struan Farm
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Love it when the late afternoon light is golden at Struan Farm. When/if I have the time, I grab my camera and wander, getting lost looking at things like tree roots and bark, moss, lichen, patterns, and textures. In the bush the light gets filtered through the trees, ferns, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2015 at Struan Farm
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Remember the new little bare root Initial apple tree I planted and staked at Struan Farm about two weeks ago? Well, it was dug up by John this week so Aaron could grade around the water tank and workshop area with his bobcat, filling in with topsoil. I've come to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at Struan Farm
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I've been working over the past few years to increase the different types of hellebores around the gardens at Struan Farm. Seems I'm succeeding! Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at Struan Farm
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Hmm, seems to be a fire-themed week thus far, not sure why. Friend Heather Cole of Country Trading writes the monthly Nelson regional column in NZ Gardener magazine. This month she was into coppicing and pollarding, not sure how much of that we'll have time to do at Struan Farm,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at Struan Farm
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We've been busy at Struan Farm! John and Mike felled two trees. One was a gum, the second a lawsoniana (and yes, I had to look up how to spell the latter...). Mike managed the clean up and related firewood work. We've now got a good start on next year's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2015 at Struan Farm