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.

26 October 2011

Special Order made for the UK

Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to create for you.

I couldn't think of anything nicer to have my dippy egg and soilders on in the morning!!  And the placemats are reversible so you can use them at least twice before washing!!!!!

Another order destined for overseas - back to the mother country.  They are lovely, light and easy to post - an all round winner!!

23 October 2011

The new addition!!

I have included these cute Koala's to my list of available creations!!

Would make a fabulous present for your overseas friends and family.  And all handmade and designed in Australia!!!!

'Livewell Farm Linen'

I am very excited to lauch 'Livewell Farm Linen'.

This set contains a french seamed linen/cotton embrodiered tablecloth with 6 matching napkins and rings.
The linen can be made to fit any table and customed to suit every taste.  Why not order a set with your own property name?

Napkins, rings and tablecloths can be ordered seperately and gift wrapped if required.

07 August 2011

Spring has sprung at Livewell

Spring certainly seems to have arrived early here at Livewell. Not only have not only seen our first 6 foot Brown snake of the year but our ewes started lambing last week. We had a single ewe born on Wednesday that Hope called Flossy. On Saturday we had our first set of twins - a little wether and a ewe. They are all doing well though the mums look a whole lot slimer! We are not expecting the next births until late next week but mother nature does tend to surprise us!

21 July 2011

A Happy Birthday for Hope

For 12 months Hope has been working hard with her school work trying to get to the 100 points she needed from us before she was able to buy her first sheep. With 97 points on the board, Hope was rewarded on her birthday with 4 merino ewes from Uncle Andrew. She is a very happy 10 year old and we are proud that she worked so hard for so long to earn them.

Ruby Rubarb, Celery, Charlotte and Lizzy were all named and started to be spoilt here immediately on arrival. All of them are soon to lamb - some apparently having a history of twins! How exciting!

23 June 2011

Little cows for sale

The time has come for us to part with some of our cows.

We chose to breed the Miniature Zebu because they were better suited to our Australian conditions. With natural fly and tick resistance and excellent mothers they have proved themselves here as a great choice!

We have several little ladies for sale. Please enquire if you are interested.

20 May 2011

The Pigs Go To Work

Our vegetable garden has had an invasion of 'nut grass' and our best efforts to remove them has failed miserably. We had an idea to put the two 'little' large blacks pigs in the beds to do some ploughing. From past experience (when they had occassionally broken in) we were aware that they enjoyed digging up and eating the bulbs of this dreaded weed. I couldn't believe my luck when I happened on an old round trampoline base that was the perfect fit for our garden beds! After some more work involing securing some weld-mesh fencing around the outside and making an entry gate we were able to finally bring up April and Autumn to enjoy the day rummaging in the garden. The picutres shown are of the second day when they had cleared the entire bed for us! What a great organic solution!! Happy pigs - happy Brian and Lisa!!

After another productive days work we will be able to plant out some winter vegetables - broccoli, cauliflower etc. We can then pick up the makeshift enclosure and move it to the next bed. The pigs love it. When we open the gate and call them up to the garden in the morning you sometimes have to run to get there first!

06 March 2011


My easter bunnies have been hopping out the door. Thank you for all of your positive comments and orders!

These little ones are waiting for you to offer them a new home.

Standing approx 23cm tall they have tiny bead eyes, pipe-cleaners in their ears so you can position them, beautiful hand sewn faces and a very cute tail!

As with all of my creations - no two of these guys are the same and it is no problem to cater for colour requests.

Just email or ring if you are interested in any (or all) of them!

21 February 2011

Well you may not see a pig fly - but see these swim!

Over 37 degrees here today on the farm and our two very friendly 'Large Black' pigs knew exactly the best place to be.

Storm clouds gather over the Farm

Well after three days of temperatures in the high 30's and overnight temps' that didn't drop below 24 the storm clouds finally started to gather. The photo was taken of the second storm front that approached us around 4:14pm and the temperature had already dropped to around 25 degrees.

Mother nature always continues to impress.

11 February 2011

From This, to This, to This

Remember this back in November of last year.

Well three months have passed since then and in that time we have had flooding rain along with 35 degree days but the sweet potato patch has thrived and now look how it looks as we are just start to get our first ones fresh out of the ground.

Our first simple dish we made was a filo pastry tart with sweet potato, caramelised onion and sorrel with a Parmesan and egg base, all served with boiled potatoes and butter.

Oh the simple pleasures.

Livewell Feelwell Eatwell

02 February 2011

Johnny the pirate

I couldn't help myself.... His name had to be Johnny. The most handsome pirate on the big sea.
Complete with eye-patch, this young charmer is ready join ranks with his captain - Isaac. I am able to make other pirate's and have found a few different great fabrics. Just contact me if you are interested.
He has already worked his way into Gabriella's heart. I do hope she doesn't run away with him!

31 January 2011

End of January 2011

Time has really flown along this year.

Brian has been very busy slashing and raking the hay ready to bale before the next lot of rain comes. I love seeing the hay shed full but I get tired just thinking about how much energy it takes to get it there!! I am going to plead with him to make the bales just a little little so I don't get a hernia trying to throw them on the stack.

I have been expending a lot of energy the last couple of days but of the creative kind, not the physical. I finally completed Gabriella the ballerina. I love all of the toys I make but this one is really special. I know she is going to make some little girl very, very happy.

She is quiet but fun. Tries really hard in everything she does and dances her way through life. This is Gabrielle the ballerina.

25 January 2011

Jack Be Nimble

Sorry it has been so long since the last blog.
As you all know a lot has been happening in Queensland and especially our 'neck of the woods'.
Livewell Farm has never seen so much rain. We registered 500mls on one day alone.
We are all safe and sound and our little farm has been a refuge for a few families needing showers, batteries charged, home-cooked meals, washing done etc. Our thoughts are constantly with those that have suffered loss.

'Jack be Nimble' evolved over the flood period. At first he was going to just have those cute red and white flannelette pyjamas but Brian came up with the night cap idea. Then of course he needed a little one to take to bed - so I was able to play around with a bunny idea I wanted to do for Easter.

And now introducing.......

This cute little bunny is Jack's bedtime friend. What do you think about these for Easter with an egg?