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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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Sister-in-law Anna and I managed to get two parts of the main gardens started at the new house at Struan Farm this past week. After we finished the first bed we realised we had enough plants (almost) for the second area John had "authorised," so we continued planting. We got... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Struan Farm
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Yes, you will want to know the latest on the spuds and Spud from Struan Farm, I'm sure! In the past week the spuds have all sprouted in our special bed, so are looking good: And then there's the other Spud, the one who continues to sprout as well. His... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Struan Farm
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Things happen from one day to the next in the gardens at Struan Farm, particularly at this time of the year. In this instance, the wisteria growing above the Perfect Pergola at the Homestead have just popped into bloom. Happy to see that "White Silk" and "Pink Ice" are settling... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Struan Farm
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A bit of action to report down at the river at Struan Farm related to additional amenities for Jim's Hut. John had to fell a big poplar tree that Rik, our architect from the Otamatea Eco-Village, indicated was in the line of the sun; we are needing to have a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Struan Farm
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It's funny what one notices or doesn't notice. I was weeding away on Hydrangea Hill at Struan Farm, basically head down and bum up. Hyperventilating somewhat at the sheer volume of weeds this time of year. At one point I looked up and noticed that another one of the purple... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Struan Farm
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We're close, really close to an official opening of Struan Farm farmstay, full time. The sign at the front gate is now up, although the "No Vacancy" tag is hanging below until we're completely good to go. The Homestead and Cottage got cleaned throughly and beds made up this weekend.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Struan Farm
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Now that all those leaves are gone, it's amazing to see the beautiful shadows the oak and walnut trees cast below the Cottage at Struan Farm: Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at Struan Farm
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No, not talking about the Garden of Eden, but rather our first garden up at the new house at Struan Farm. We've sprayed off the grass, and sister-in-law Anna and I are getting ready to lay out plants we've purchased (at least the first round), as well as some dahlias,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Struan Farm
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John dug our first potato patch two weeks ago, and we planted seed potatoes the following week. Good to see some sprouts from the first early "Jersey Bennes" start to come up. We also planted "Agria," which should be a bit later. This is my first attempt at growing potatoes,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Struan Farm
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Yesterday Piopio Primary School held its annual "Calf Club Day." I haven't been in Piopio during the week previously to be able to attend, so was really looking forward to seeing what went on. It's an annual opportunity in this small rural community for kids to bring their farm pets... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Struan Farm
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We finally managed to get some fertiliser/lime spread on the paddocks at Struan Farm. This is done by truck rather than airplane given our relatively small remaining acreage (60). The original farm was much larger. The only problem now is that there's only one man in the area who does... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Struan Farm
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The stone masons have been working away the past two weeks at Struan Farm, in between rainy days. Our front gate at the new house is finally finished! After I took these pics John took down the ratty farm gate that we've used in the meantime, as well as the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at Struan Farm
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John has been doing really, really well with his "to do list." Much better than me! He's been busy digging post holes and putting up posts for our Struan Farm farmstay "Reception" and "River Track" signs that I've painted. I actually hadn't watched the whole process before, but I now... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at Struan Farm
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The Struan Farm heirloom iris, of course! Once it heard there was a contest, it popped open with three blooms. No one else is close to opening. Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Struan Farm
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We're still a construction site at the new house at Struan Farm. Right now it's the backyard, where the builders have been constructing a rather large firewood shed, and laying out boxing for the concrete paths to my veggie garden beds: Do you remember the TV show "I Dream of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Struan Farm
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Here's Jim's Hut at Struan Farm with its new deck, along with its fantastic views overlooking the Mangaotaki River: Now all it needs are some steps! Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Struan Farm
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The irises are next to bloom in the gardens at Struan Farm, and I've been keeping my eye on them. Right now there are two main contenders for the first to bloom: At the top is one I purchased from Richmond Irises and planted this past season, so it will... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Struan Farm
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Over the past two weekends I've been testing out recipes from Annabel Langbein's latest cookbook, "The Free Range Cook: through the seasons." A week ago I made "Farmhouse Chicken Pie," "Satay Chicken Salad," and "Avocado Salsa Timbales," to rave reviews. This past weekend I switched to seafood, and made "Seafood... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at Struan Farm
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I had to break it to Stuffy, one of our garden gnomes at Struan Farm, that no, he can't eat these toadstools. "Scarlet flycap" aka Amanita muscaria are poisonous! Yes, they're quite pretty, so he can keep them to look at, but no nibbles. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Struan Farm
John won't do that sort of thing, that's my territory (or not)....
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2014 on Spud, continued at Struan Farm
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Just finished painting signs to guide first time farmstay guests from Struan Farm's main entrance via our farm track up to the new house, aka "Reception." John decided we should leave nothing to chance, make the route completely obvious. The drive goes over two cattle stops, which could be confusing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Struan Farm
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I rarely, if ever, write two posts in one day. However something rare happened today. Today was my day to go into town to food shop and run errands. As a result, I was a little late feeding Spud his lunchtime bottle. When I got home, I discovered that he'd... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Struan Farm
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Our little friend Spud is back at home at Struan Farm after his stint at Auntie Anna's. He started to misbehave, getting out of the paddock. And with bulls going in next door it was decided he should return home. It's a wee bit of an adjustment for us all,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Struan Farm
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It was hot and I was out painting trellises and benches in the gardens at Struan Farm. Time to make freshly brewed iced tea, first batch of the season. Not all that common here in NZ, but the best to quench a thirst in my book, with lots of fresh... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Struan Farm
Must have been what everyone did back then?!
Toggle Commented Oct 6, 2014 on Trellis Time at Struan Farm