Karen Fairweather
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Karen Fairweather commented on Pete Russell's group Sharing in Wairarapa
"Yes October will be the perfect time to get the garden going again! Not sure about the commuting, I rather fancy being self employed in my own vege plot :-) Are you still commuting these days? We really enjoyed your blog and the links by the way,…"
Mar 4, 2009
Karen Fairweather commented on Pete Russell's group Sharing in Wairarapa
"Hi Robin, Thanks for the offer of beetroot seeds, I wish I could take you up on the offer but I'm overseas for the next few months, planning to return from England in October. Ooooby is such neat idea I couldn't wait til then to join even…"
Feb 26, 2009
Kirsten Porteous left a comment for Karen Fairweather
"We've just been here a year - we wanted to stay longer but family commitments are calling. This is the third time I've lived here though and I love it, although back in NZ I teach Japanese so I can keep pretending I'm still here in a…"
Feb 12, 2009
Karen Fairweather left a comment for Kirsten Porteous
"Wow you must be itching to get back, see your house and start work on the garden! I guess there must be a fair bit to do on the house too, what fun :-) Your timing will be perfect for planting trees, do you know the Matatoa nursery at all, they have…"
Feb 10, 2009
Kirsten Porteous left a comment for Karen Fairweather
"Hi Karen - your place sounds great! You're lucky to have the old fruit trees. I'm in the process of making a wish-list of trees from Edible Gardens to put in this winter, but it will take a while before I'm bottling anything. Got lots…"
Feb 10, 2009
James Samuel left a comment for Karen Fairweather
"Hi Karen - that's a better url :) And the list of courses on that site was fab!"
Feb 10, 2009
Karen Fairweather left a comment for Kirsten Porteous
"Hi Kirsten, Thanks for the extra photos on your profile. What are the orange fruit hanging in rows? Certainly a good crop! And that's great to know you have so much good water on your land, it gets so dry in the Wairarapa summers now. How long…"
Feb 10, 2009
Karen Fairweather left a comment for James Samuel
"Hi James, Thanks for the welcome and sorry I haven't noted the web address correctly! LILI home page shows on my screen but the correct address is www.lowimpact.org - LILI being the low impact living initiative. A fascinating site full of…"
Feb 10, 2009
James Samuel left a comment for Karen Fairweather
"Hi Karen - love the title of your new favourite book, but am curions about the connection between: There are tonnes of brilliant treehouse and sustainable building ideas around England and lili.co.uk? :-)"
Feb 9, 2009
Kirsten Porteous left a comment for Karen Fairweather
"Hi Karen I'll hunt around to see if I can find more photos - we're in chaos packing up though so maybe not. I've been to the market in Martinborough a few times, great flowers and perserves. We're lucky to have the Whangaheu…"
Feb 9, 2009
Karen Fairweather left a comment for Kirsten Porteous
"Hi Kirsten, I'd love to see some photos from Japan, thank you :-) Do you have more photos of your land in Martinborough, it looks great, do you have a stream or other reliable water supply? Do you know about the farmers market in Masterton at…"
Feb 7, 2009
Karen Fairweather left a comment for Tracy Amelia Kent
"Hi Tracy, Why not join the Wairarapa group if you get a chance? Good luck with all your veges! Cheers, Karen"
Feb 7, 2009
Karen Fairweather left a comment for Nick Walters
"Hi Nick, I'm up in Wiltshire so will keep an eye out for any activities you plan for Totnes. Cheers, Karen"
Feb 7, 2009
Kirsten Porteous left a comment for Karen Fairweather
"Hi Karen - great to have another member in the group! The funny thing is that I'm not actually in NZ either - we're living in rural Japan right now. I joined the Wairarapa group though as we're returning in April to get serious about…"
Feb 7, 2009
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Honeystreet
Food Growing Skill Level
Confident
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Horticulturalist
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Community Gardens, Learning, Preserving, Helping Others
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At 10:53pm on February 12, 2009, Kirsten Porteous said…
We've just been here a year - we wanted to stay longer but family commitments are calling. This is the third time I've lived here though and I love it, although back in NZ I teach Japanese so I can keep pretending I'm still here in a way. Our daughter is at junior high school here and in just the year has managed to get better at speaking Japanese then me - which is a bit demoralizing.
You're lucky to be in the UK, I'd like to spend some time there too. A pity about the job situation though, I guess things are going to be tough everywhere. Good to get home and grow things instead! Thanks for the tip on the Matatoa nursery, I'll take a look at it.
At 12:58pm on February 10, 2009, Kirsten Porteous said…
Hi Karen - your place sounds great! You're lucky to have the old fruit trees. I'm in the process of making a wish-list of trees from Edible Gardens to put in this winter, but it will take a while before I'm bottling anything. Got lots of Agee jars in storage in anticipation though!
The fruit hanging outside my neighbour's house in the photos are persimmons. They are the astringent sort which when dried ( about 2 months outside in the sun) get very sweet and taste a bit like a cross between a date and a dried apricot. We're surrounded by old folk here who do things the old way still -it is very interesting to watch, as you don't see this kind of thing in the cities.
Our house got moved to Martinborough in June, after we'd come to Japan so we haven't seen it in place as yet. Which is a bit frustrating but something to look forward to. I spending a lot of time reading about permaculture and planning what is going where....
Are you working in horticulture in England or just having a change for a while?
At 9:16am on February 10, 2009, James Samuel said…
Hi Karen - that's a better url :) And the list of courses on that site was fab!
At 12:51am on February 9, 2009, James Samuel said…
Hi Karen - love the title of your new favourite book, but am curions about the connection between: There are tonnes of brilliant treehouse and sustainable building ideas around England and lili.co.uk?

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At 12:46am on February 9, 2009, Kirsten Porteous said…
Hi Karen
I'll hunt around to see if I can find more photos - we're in chaos packing up though so maybe not. I've been to the market in Martinborough a few times, great flowers and perserves.
We're lucky to have the Whangaheu River along one boundary, but when it floods it doesn't feel quite so good. But we've cleared most of the willows which seems to have alleviated the problem and are in the process of getting it planted up with natives in a regeneration project. We do have great spring water too, so at least are fine for irrigation purposes. And a tank for the roof water and a small dam are in the plans too!
Do you have a house to return to in Carterton or will you be starting somewhere new when you leave the UK?
At 12:42am on February 7, 2009, Kirsten Porteous said…
Hi Karen - great to have another member in the group! The funny thing is that I'm not actually in NZ either - we're living in rural Japan right now. I joined the Wairarapa group though as we're returning in April to get serious about growing things. We're surrounded by rice paddies here, and the most amazing vegie gardens I've ever seen - I'll have to add some photos for you to look at. It has been inspirational seeing how people garden here and I've got lots of ideas to bring home. I'm looking forward to talking gardening with you in the future!
 
 
 

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