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Karen
Piopio New Zealand
Knitter, banker, farmer
Interests: knitting, cooking, gardening, photograhy, walking the hills with Clifford our dog, watching lambs frolic, being creative generally
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It's always good to have a wander down by the river at Struan Farm. Things happen, things change, particularly depending on the time of year. It's a relaxing place to meander, I find the sound of rushing water peaceful and meditative, think Clifford does too! Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Struan Farm
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Jim's Hut is getting a deck! We decided that its scenic overlook, above the Mangaotaki River at Struan Farm, just cries out for a deck. So the builders are back and work started this week. Everyone agrees this will be the spot for drinks and nibbles in summer! Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Struan Farm
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The Awanui flowering cherry trees are blooming! We planted these two years ago at Struan Farm, on either side of the track that goes from the Homestead through the Cottage paddock to the pond. It's a beautiful lane of trees this year for the first time, really. Makes me glad... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Struan Farm
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Clean up efforts continue at the pond at Struan Farm and its surrounds. I've been eyeing up ten years or so worth of fallen leaves under the oak and black walnut trees outside the Cottage. The trees are beautiful in autumn--the oaks typically turn red and the walnuts a brilliant... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Struan Farm
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I've been watching lambs and rabbits frolic at sunset outside the bedroom window in the new house at Struan Farm. A temporary situation for a few reasons, really, but still magic nonetheless: Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Struan Farm
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John continued his concreting efforts this past week, grabbing another pile of recycled bricks and tackling another section of edging in the back of the gardens at Struan Farm's Homestead. He's done with this initiative, at least for now. Comment was made that the Homestead driveway would look pretty spectacular... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Struan Farm
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This past autumn, when I planted the second installment of tulip bulbs inside the front gates at Struan Farm, I planted some clusters of special "parrot" tulips. These are now starting to bloom, and look great. Here's a pic of the Homestead's roadside wooded garden, right near our front entrance.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Struan Farm
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Sort of, but not really. Clifford and I needed to head north for two days last week, so Spud went off to Auntie Anna's to be looked after. While his cardboard box, aka "home sweet home" travelled with him, he had a lovely big pen nestled beside a big tree,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Struan Farm
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Yes, we are watching the grass grow these days at Struan Farm! The lawn seed spread at the new house two weekends ago is starting to grow. We're a wee bit nervous about all of the rain we've been getting over the past week, although there have been some breaks... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at Struan Farm
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Thought I'd share this shot of our "vintage" David Brown tractor beside the gorgeous pink magnolia and red camellia trees at Struan Farm's Homestead: Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Struan Farm
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Following the official unveiling of "Lake Field" at Struan Farm last week we've come to learn more about the actual place and how Rosanna Marmont, the artist, came to paint this scene. Thought I would share this with you, in Rosanna's words: Yes, Lake Field is a very real place.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Struan Farm
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Somewhat cute to look out from the new house and see "the Boys," John, Clifford and Spud, wandering around. Despite my initial concerns about him, Spud seems to be thriving, and now follows us around when he's out of his pen. Sometime this week we'll put him out in the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Struan Farm
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I started off this blog post thinking it would be about a table arrangement of beautiful spring flowers from the gardens at Struan Farm. The daffodils and bluebells are going wild, and the tulips are starting to pop. It's hard not to be happy about all that and want to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Struan Farm
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John continued his concreting mission this past weekend, finishing up some brick edges around the Homestead gardens at Struan Farm. This makes mowing up to the edges much easier, also means I don't need to get down on my hands and knees with the clippers given my fetish for tidy... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Struan Farm
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Our native kowhais are in bloom right now at Struan Farm. There's a large one in the Homestead gardens, and at least two in the QE II Trust block up by the new house. While they are lovely native trees, I'm telling you about them because the tuis (native birds)... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at Struan Farm
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Very excited to see the Thomson Concrete truck drive past the Struan Farm entrance gate as I was working down at the Homestead paddocks this week. The troughs for our veggie gardens were being delivered to the new house! I downed tools and rushed up to make sure they were... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Struan Farm
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This little fellow stood beside the fence to the new house at Struan Farm a night ago and baa-ed, baa-ed, baa-ed. John assured me that he'd just lost his mum, and not to worry, they'd find one another. These things do happen. However, I found him alone in this same... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Struan Farm
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Happy to report that a surprising amount of "stuff" has been accomplished at Struan Farm over the past week. The fresh metal/gravel for the Homestead driveway got delivered and spread: While the grass seed for our lawns at the new house got sown, by Aaron with his useful little hopper... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Struan Farm
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It seems that rocks and Robertsons go hand in hand, even now. As we've updated the gardens at Struan Farm and made them our own, we've kept some of the established rock gardens John's parents had made over the years, changed others, and taken some out entirely. John and I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Struan Farm
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Good news! This past week Pete, one of our builders, arrived at Struan Farm to help with the uncrating and installation of niece Rosanna Marmont's painting "Lake Field." As you can see, the painting is of such scale that it's not something John or I could hang without bringing in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Struan Farm
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Our friend Glen from Doone Cottage in Motueka visited Struan Farm last week as part of a quick trip around the North Island seeing family and friends. Discussion topics over dinner included the large pink magnolia tree blooming near the entrance of the Homestead, which is quite spectacular at the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Struan Farm
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I've been off to Wairere Nursery in nearby Gordonton again, this time to pick up dwarf Meyer Lemon and Satsuma Mandarin trees. These will be planted in "citrus corner" outside the front deck of our new house at Struan Farm. It's a reasonably protected area, so should be fine for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Struan Farm
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Sigh. This poor heirloom fig tree, it is a survivor and thriver. It was grown from a cutting John and I took from the property next door to Struan Farm, from a huge tree growing at the original homestead site dating back to the 1920's. It has now been moved... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Struan Farm
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As I recall Alice fell down the rabbit hole and found herself in Wonderland, attending the Mad Hatter's tea party. Looks to us like our dog Clifford is headed in that direction, just hope the Mad Hatter had a decent head start, or he could be in trouble! Don't worry,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Struan Farm
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I couldn't postpone this any longer, it's time for me to tackle the clean up of the pond and its surrounds at Struan Farm. While I planted natives around the banks last year (shrubs, trees and flax), which look great and are good riparian habitat for ducks, frogs, etc., I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Struan Farm