Livewell Farm is a 40 acre property situated in the beautiful rolling hills fifty kilometres west of Brisbane. We wanted to create a space where our family and others could experience the wonder of nature and learn to appreciate and be grateful for its bounty and beauty.

Our farm produces many things and we embrace biodiversity. We enjoy beautiful tasty pork from our rare breed Berkshire pigs and beef from our miniature Zebu cattle. Whilst, what was the front yard of the old farm has been transformed into a permaculture inspired vegetable garden with vegetable mandalas and a Chicken dome, interspersed with fruit trees.

Please enjoy reading our entries, we hope that one day we will see some of you at the farm in person – or at least drop us a line by e-mail.

23 December 2010

Christmas around the corner and the rain keeps coming

The rain keeps falling here on the farm and last night we had another 25mm (1 inch). The ground is so wet already that it is just running straight off the ground; however life goes on and over the past 5 days we have had two new calves both little girls born to proud Mum's Nova and Lucy.

Nova and her girl
Lucy and her girl

The rain also keeps the pigs happy here is Fauna enjoying one of her many wallows, oh to be as happy as pig in mud, it is also doing wonders for our newly planted Zucchinis (Courgette) which have now started to produce a great crop of lovely fresh vegetables (watch out for our latest recipe blogs). 

Fauna relaxing in her mud bath

Rain does slow somethings down though as I am currently waiting for a break in the weather so that I can start cutting, raking and baling one of our lovely grassy hay fields, oh well they do say you can never keep a farmer happy.

Finally here is wishing all our readers and followers a very happy, safe  and festive Christmas from all of us at Livewell Farm

21 December 2010

Designer Living in the Country....

Poor Allyson has had to wait some time for this blind to be finished.
I got a little carried away making reindeer!

But as you can see it was worth the wait.  The fabric is designed and printed in Australia by Thea and Sami.  The picture does not do the colour justice.

I have another one to make for a bedroom in sage green.  Will have a short break over Christmas then back at my machine!!

19 December 2010

Rainy Weather Brings Elephants!!!!

This glorious rain has enabled me to get these elephants finished so they can be delivered before Christmas!
All my girls have fallen in love with them and will be sad to see them leave.

Mobah and Booboo have been lovingly created over the last 3 days.  There seems to be a lot of mother/daughter action here at the farm lately!!!
We had a little heifer born from our most beautiful cow Nova.

09 December 2010

Designer Dog!

Here is 'Piano Man'.  This cute dog designed by Hopskipjump has already left to start a new life in LA.  I wonder if he will arrive before Christmas?

Tis The Season To Be Thankful

No - it's not a blog double up..... Holly is a proud mother to this little chap born yesterday.  He is very white and has very cute ears!!!  We do not name any of the boys that will become steers. 


It is really lovely to have a few calves born around the same time.  You can sit and watch them frolick and play tag with each other.  The mothers get plenty of free time as other members of the herd, including the steers, have turns at watching the nursery. 

05 December 2010

What Should We Call Her?

Well - this little lady arrived very late yesterday afternoon.  She was probably less than 30 minutes old when we found her and her Mum, Sophie, doing well.


We were very worried about her last night after having heavy rainfall for most of the evening.
But, luckily, she was unaffected and this morning found happily feeding in the rain.

We invite you to help us find a great name for her.  Please write any suggestions in the comments.

Three Little Birds Signing This Sweet Song

The next morning we awoke to find all three little wagtails perched happily in the Wattle tree.

02 December 2010

Three In The Bed & The Little One Said

There are many birds nesting in the front garden at 'Livewell'.  We counted 7 occupied nests in the massive conifier alone last week.  The family was priviledged that our resident Wagtails had decided to nest in a low branch of our Poinciana tree.  The 3 tiny eggs were easily visable for our 9 year old to keep an eye on who would check on them and report their progress every morning.  There was much excitement when the little ones hatched, their bodies wet and weak.  Just a day latter they were gorgeous and fluffy and their constant cheeping for their parents was overwhelming whilst I sat in my sewing room 10 metres away.  In such a short time the three chicks are getting too big and barely fit into their cosy little home.  Today they made their madien journey and Brian was quite anxious late this afternoon when only two babies had returned.  I do hope that all three are there in the morning.

01 December 2010

Welcome Shower Brings A Little Treat

This wonderful showery weather not only brings welcome rain but also a surprise treat for one of our Large Black gilts.  As the rain falls on the Mulberry Tree the branches droop under that extra weight and bring those tasty leaves just into reach -

Oh the joys of free ranging.

20 November 2010

My how big we are getting!

For those of you that may not know us, one of the main focuses of Livewell Farm is the raising of delicious free range organic pork.  We believe that each animal we rear and then consume on the table has had the best possible life.  We currently have two purebred Berkshire breeding sows and two young Large Black sows which we will put into pig late next year.  We choose not to run a boar with our girls, as they have a nice long rest between litters (and he would be very bored and frustrated). Instead, one of us will AI the girls.  We use Duroc seamen as our research has led us to believe that the hybrid vigour of the Duroc along with its tendency to lay down intra-muscular fat in combination with traditional cut of the Berkshire, means that our customers get the best possible tasting pork available.

Our girls have pretty much free run over 40 acres but choose mostly to have their own patch of territory that they can call home.  Currently Fauna (our other Bekshire girl is Flora) is in a two acre paddock of lush grass with a Mulberry tree for shade along with her 5 (teenage) piglets. These bundles of little trouble will be heading off to the butcher sometime around March 2011. Until then they will enjoy the company of their family group in the most pig friendly environment you could imagine.

17 November 2010

Get back into bread

Fresh bread is one of those simple pleasures, whether it conjures up memories of childhood or simply its the anticipation of that first slice, it really can not be bettered.

Here is one of our favourite ways of making bread and believe it or not all the hard work is done by that bread maker that many of of us have tucked away in the back of the cupboard somewehere, so get it out.

Place the following ingredients together into the breadmaker
3 cups of strong (bread) flour
1 1/4 cups of water
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp of soft brown sugar (or caster sugar)
1 tsp of dried yeast
1 tbsp of butter or vegetable oil
1 tsp of bread improver (optional)

Set the bread maker onto dough setting, this usually takes between 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 hours, when it has finished take the risen dough out and place it onto a flour dusted surface, punch it down and knead into the required shape.  I like to place the bread onto a pizza stone to rise you, move the stone into a cupboard (or somwhere away from flies to rise for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size.

Place (bread and stone) into a pre heated oven (150) and turn up straight away to 200 degrees. Bake for 35 minutes, remove from the oven and leave to cool for as long as you can resist and then just enjoy either on its own or spread with you favourite topping.

Tip: sprinkle ground semolina onto the stone to stop it sticking, you can use flour but it may burn whereas the semolina won't


16 November 2010

Look who arrived last night!

Woke up this morning to find a new set of little tiny legs on the land.
Ivy - the Braford/Swiss Brown Cross had a little boy calf by our
Miniture Zebu Bull Martini.

Well done Ivy!!  He sure is a strippy little fellow!

14 November 2010

Rudolph pays a visit!

Here is the latest addition to Livewell crafts. Someone has droped in, just in time for Christmas, yes it is Rudolph who has been joined here by some of his friends.

These delightful handcrafted toys are from a pattern by "melly and me" each one is made individually made to the highest of standards.

11 November 2010

family weekend at the farm

This weekend was spent planting out sweet potato cuttings and rockmelon (cantelope) as you can see fun was had by the whole family.

so here is hoping that mother earth is kind to us and we have a bumper harvest in the next few months