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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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I've spent most of the past week here at Struan Farm head down bum up in the Homestead gardens. It's time for the big spring clean and then some. John has decided a major redo of the Homestead gardens is in order, pronouncing that they weren't looking "homely" any more.... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at Struan Farm
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The Great Kereru Count 2018 started yesterday! And so in the morning I climbed up the hill behind the Cottage here at Struan Farm to the trees that border our fence with the neighbour. There are willow and poplar trees here where I almost always see kereru/native woodpigeon in numbers.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Struan Farm
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Most NZ readers will know that our native kauri tree is under major threat from "kauri dieback disease." Several bush areas have been closed off from public access in an effort to get it under control and protect areas that haven't had problems just yet. The pathogen attacks the roots... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Struan Farm
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John and I were down at the Mangaotaki River that borders the southern end of Struan Farm a day or so ago in the late afternoon. In summer we often take wine and cheese down to the rapids near the sandy beach at the end of the day, but in... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Struan Farm
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Just had some fun with the big magnolia blooming down at the Homestead in the late afternoon light here at Struan Farm. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Struan Farm
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Almost tomato time at Struan Farm! I've spent several days potting up the seed trays of various tomatoes that have germinated in the glasshouse. This year we've got saved seeds from last season I've christened "Big Red," "Black Oxheart," both saved and new, "Tula Black," "Oxheart," "Albenga Oxheart," "Black Cherry,"... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Struan Farm
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John's avenue of awanui cherry trees are coming into flower here at Struan Farm. As the trees have matured their spring show has become quite spectacular. The bees and tuis love them too. At the moment this also happens to be the paddock where a number of ewes with their... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Struan Farm
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These things happen at Struan Farm. John goes off on a business trip to Dunedin, tours a public garden and comes back with ideas. This was how the old swimming pool got turned into a rose garden, and that worked out well, didn't it? An old, overgrown camellia has been... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2018 at Struan Farm
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We had a lovely sunset a night or two ago here at Struan Farm. It wasn't one of those skies that screamed at you, rather subtle changes in colour as the sun went down. I finally went to grab my camera. Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2018 at Struan Farm
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Quite a bit to report from Struan Farm, much can happen here in 48 hours! Two days ago hubby John came across a ewe trapped under a log at the end of the Old Road. She'd fallen and hadn't been able to get herself back up. She'd had twin ewe... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2018 at Struan Farm
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I've been waiting here at Struan Farm. Waiting somewhat patiently, something unusual for me. I've been waiting until enough tulips were blooming at the front entrance gate near the Homestead and under the pergola at our house. Those pops of bright colours make a difference in the gardens, and I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2018 at Struan Farm
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I'm not sure if this is the very same native wood pigeon, or "Kereru," that kept coming in the late afternoons last year to nibble the new leaves on our plum tree here at Struan Farm, but I suspect that it is. And just about in time for the annual... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2018 at Struan Farm
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It's all been happening here at Struan Farm. Lambs, mostly twins, some triplets. An amazing season, really. No ewes lost and only one rejected ram lamb lost. Yes, that lamb is leaping above. They do that, it's rather incredible to watch. Enjoy the innocence. I do! Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at Struan Farm
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I haven't told you, but we've had a bit of carnage at the back gate over the past week here at Struan Farm with all of the seven pet lambs now out in the paddock. The end of my tether was reached this past Friday evening, after Fergie and Whiskey... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2018 at Struan Farm
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Our house here at Struan Farm faces out to the hills. Often we see the weather coming at us before it hits. So it pays to keep eye on the sky being outside most of the time. A few days ago I got a bit lost in the clouds, as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2018 at Struan Farm
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Since our visit to Nelson's Cod & Lobster Brasserie last March, when John was confronted with choosing his gin and tonic from extensive menus offering a wide range of options, I've been bringing him home artisanal NZ and British gins to sample, as well as different types of tonics as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at Struan Farm
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Spring arrived officially on September 1st here in New Zealand. Often doesn't mean much one way or the other but this year spring decided to cooperate with the officials, hooray! The magnolia at the Homestead and main entrance here at Struan Farm is flowering, the tulips at the front gate... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2018 at Struan Farm
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Excitement here at Struan Farm to see the seed trays I planted out a week or so ago in the glasshouse starting to spring to life. Tomatoes, cukes, zucchini, sweet peas, swan plants and marigolds all have germinated. No pumpkins, butternut or chiles just yet, or snapdragons, astrantia or knautia.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2018 at Struan Farm
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John and I were wandering around the Homestead here at Struan Farm yesterday discussing a bit of re-landscaping and reconfiguring of the gardens when we discovered former pet lamb Pepper in the wooded area just outside the gardens. She'd just lambed, and there were three new lambs! Once we had... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at Struan Farm
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I've found myself veering off on just a wee bit of a tangent here at Struan Farm over the past week, after reading about a group called "Bees Up Top" donating boxes of "seed bombs" to grow food for bees to Auckland area "Community Fruit & Veg Stands." I was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2018 at Struan Farm
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Farmer John brought pet lamb Whiskey back home today after treatment of his infected umbilical cord and care for his eyes down with Farmer John in Mahoenui. Whiskey's happy to be back in the paddock with Bambi and Fergie. Ajax and Bubbles also headed out to the paddock today, leaving... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2018 at Struan Farm
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Farmer John called in on Friday afternoon at our house here at Struan Farm. At first I thought maybe he had another abandoned lamb for me to foster, but that wasn't it at all. He was coming to tell me he'd just seen former pet lamb Rosie deliver twin lambs... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2018 at Struan Farm
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I went out to feed the pet lambs yesterday afternoon here at Struan Farm, starting at the back gate with Bambi and Fergie. Whiskey was due for his next, but he wasn't jostling for position as usual. Instead he was sitting quietly under the shelter, showing no interest whatsoever in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2018 at Struan Farm
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Our friend Katherine is already having a hard time with our naming one of the pet lambs "Fergie" this year at Struan Farm. We told her there was no connection to the Duchess of York, the name was a coincidence. And I'll say the same thing about the name for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2018 at Struan Farm
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When I was in California in June friend Laura and I had an amazing lunch at a restaurant in nearby Costa Mesa called Taco Maria. The food was simple but exceptional, and the service outstanding. For our starter we were told to try the "aguachiles." Aguachiles is a Mexican dish... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2018 at Struan Farm