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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
And we thought it was going to be a relatively light crop of organic walnuts at Struan Farm this year, yea right! There have been so many that I have yet to gather them all, my capacity to do so being somewhat constrained at the moment. Right now I have... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Struan Farm
Not an Unidentified Flying Object, rather an "Unfinished Object" in knitting parlance. As you might expect, I've had quite a bit of time to pick up my needles while in the healing mode. First in line was to finish espacetricot's Aise, a knitted wrap pattern available for free on the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Struan Farm
Quite the bonus delivered courtesy of the compost bin at Struan Farm: Lovely late season cherry tomatoes. We relocated our black bins and the plants sprouted on the previous spot. I'd been tempted to pull them out, but John told me to let them be to see what happened. He... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Struan Farm
I had my first outing a few days ago. I was getting a bit of cabin fever, so accompanied John on a run to the local Piopio dump, then we went for coffee at The Fat Pigeon Cafe and for berries at Piopio Berry Orchard. Afterwards he decided we should... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Struan Farm
Okay, I'm cheating a bit on these, since I put this arrangement together for farmstay guests staying at the Cottage at Struan Farm two nights this week. I was able to walk out to the gardens at the new house and put this together so we'd have them on the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Struan Farm
Thanks Jenny, CZ and Kris! And Kris, probably more than my fill of knitting at this point, if such a thing is possible. Watch for posts at the end of this week and next week on what I've been up to....
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on In a Healing Mode at Struan Farm
Thanks Mandy!
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on In a Healing Mode at Struan Farm
I've been through a wee bit since you've heard from me last. Major surgery two weeks ago with several days in hospital. I can now report that my prognosis for a complete recovery is very good, not something we knew either way at the time! So it was a bit... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Struan Farm
Heading off for some surgery today that will take me out of commission for at least week or so, I will get back to things as soon as I am able. As I head into all that I wanted to share with you the beautiful water colour that arrived at... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2015 at Struan Farm
Take a guess at who's been munching the last tomatoes of the season off the vine in my veggie garden at Struan Farm. Yep, Clifford. Wouldn't have believed it if we hadn't seen it, twice now. I'd thought it hadn't been the best year for toms, but now I'm wondering.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at Struan Farm
The walnuts are starting to happen at Struan Farm. It feels a bit early, and doesn't look like it's going to be a bumper crop, but time will tell. I just need to remember to head down to the Pet Paddock to gather them, or the wild turkeys, rats, or... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at Struan Farm
We've pulled the first carrots from the veggie gardens at Struan Farm, and guess what, they're a beautiful purple! The first carrots I've ever grown, King's Seeds Carrot Purple Dragon, a 1,000 year old heirloom variety. According to Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson, purple varieties of carrot... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Struan Farm
Here's the last of the season's organic Peasgood Nonsuch apples off our wee tree at Struan Farm. Couldn't believe how big it was, 3.5 inches! (John said four, but he exaggerates by my reckoning.) Perfect, really. But we won't brag... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at Struan Farm
We had some last minute guests arrive to stay at Struan Farm's Cottage this past Saturday night. So I dashed out to the garden at the new house and did my best to put together some flowers before their arrival. Frilly Jilly orange roses and orange dahlias yet again, this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at Struan Farm
Men in trees with ropes and saws descended upon Struan Farm this past weekend! A small group from Asplundh arrived at the farm on Friday afternoon for "Arborist Camp." Signs south of Piopio dotted the way to Struan Farm: They set up a marquee/tent in our Pet Paddock, where they... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at Struan Farm
We've been meaning to clean up the back gate and adjacent old race at Struan Farm, it's been "on the list." And so this week when the digger smashed through the gate turning off the main road in traffic, this created an opportunity to move that project forward. The only... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Struan Farm
You will recall that John is into infrastructure projects at Struan Farm, loves bringing in heavy equipment to do things (much as he might moan sometimes about the associated cost!). His latest undertaking is a second pond below our first pond and QEII bush reserve, to be landscaped with native... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Struan Farm
You might think that it's all beautiful flower arrangements and delicious home baking at Struan Farm, so I'm here to tell you that this isn't always the case! This week, for example, I got to scale the mountain of muck removed from the pond by the digger, and spread grass... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Struan Farm
I've been wanting to try the "Kale Smoothie" recipe from Annabel Langbein's latest Free Range Cook book "Through the Seasons," and finally got around to it this past week. We've got loads of fresh kale in the veggie garden at Struan Farm. Fresh kale, yogurt, banana, kiwi fruit, honey, chia... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Struan Farm
Yes, another Clifford story. Our resident dog at Struan Farm is a character for sure. We're not sure if he was just showing off for us, or if there was a possum up the tree. But we did make him get down before he broke anything. He's eleven years old,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Struan Farm
It was a busy weekend in Piopio because of the annual WOMAD world music festival in nearby New Plymouth. Struan Farm's farmstay was no exception, we had people staying with us enroute south to New Plymouth, and then on the way home. We're 1 1/2hours from New Plymouth, after quite... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at Struan Farm
I've become interested in "chicken scratch" embroidery the past few years, picking up samples as I've come across them in "op shops" here in New Zealand. The (typically) older ladies who work at the shops smile at me for doing so, telling me that these cross stitch projects were usually... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Struan Farm
John, Clifford and I had a group outing down to the river at Struan Farm this past week. John and Clifford wanted a swim, and I wanted to see the latest iteration of the corrugated rock formations with the lower levels of the Mangaotaki. My boys. Quite the duo, aren't... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at Struan Farm
This is one of those rural things. Rain gauges, that is. A few Christmases ago I bought John a rain gauge for Struan Farm. His dad always had one outside near the swimming pool, but that disappeared a few renovation projects ago, along with the pool. But what I've found... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Struan Farm
John had a bit of an "oops" this past week mowing the lawns at Struan Farm on his four wheel ride on mower. He is known for taking this mower where others fear to tread, and this time rode too closely to soft soil near the front gate of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Struan Farm