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Its hard to know where to start, so here's the the short story and you can read the longer version here if you want to know more....



Who are you? I'm Liz (writes blog) and together with my husband, Pete (does the heavy lifting and manual farm work so there's always something to write about), we live with our dogs Taz the Kelpie cross and Gus the Great Dane cross.





Where are you located? We used to live in Nanango (on Eight Acres, hence the name of the blog), but we recently moved to a larger property at Kumbia (Cheslyn Rise, 258 acres), this is in the South Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, about 200 km north west of Brisbane.  I've written a bit about our climate here.

When did you start? We had the Nanango property since early 2010 and Cheslyn Rise since March 2012, we spent several years working on the house at Cheslyn Rise before we moved in April 2017

What do you do? small-scale organic farming and living, growing veges and fruit, keeping beef cattle, two dairy cows, lots of chickens for meat and eggs, beekeeping, learning about permaculture, fermentation, cheese-making, eating what we grow and growing what we eat, working on our secondhand house at Cheslyn Rise, making soap and salves from natural ingredients, knitting and crochet, working full-time even though we'd rather be farming, loving our lifestyle everyday despite the hard work it brings

What's this blog about? its a record of the things we do everyday on both our properties and an opportunity to share what we've learnt about self-sufficiency with anyone who's interested.  If you want to look back over the months, I do an update post each month with lots of photos of the garden, chickens, cows and dogs.  See past updates here.  Otherwise, have a browse and see what interests you

If you have any questions please contact me on eight.acres.liz at gmail dot com.




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