Thistle Hill Farm – Blog

…doing what comes naturally

Category: Family

At the end of the day….

….the sun sets over the Blue Ridge mountains.  Photo by our daughter, Carolyn Matthews.  

Moving cattle….

….our “grazing guru”, Jim Gerrish, has written an article about the best time of day to move cattle.  We didn’t realize there was much debate but, anyway, Jim recommends mornings. As always, Jim “nails it” but we particularly enjoyed the picture he used to illustrate putting up temporary fencing on his ranch. http://onpasture.com/2016/05/09/when-is-the-best-time-of-day-to-move-animals/ By coincidence […]

Buddy is in the house!

Thanks to son Church Matthews on several levels.  To explain: “Buddy” is this two-week old calf, a twin rejected by his mother that we brought into the garage and bottle-fed.  In addition to being orphaned, he also had a serious infection that had crippled him and left him mostly blind.  That required we “break protocol” […]

In the beginning….

….this was Thistle Hill Farm! Wooz’ parents bought the farm at the end of World War II.  This is 1947….her father is sitting on the steps….an aunt in dark clothing in the center…her mother in white on the left.  (click to enlarge) Wooz and her sister slept in the kitchen…her parents in the other room […]

Spelled my name right….

…but not too many people have noticed my “Zen-like” serenity. http://www.leesburgtoday.com/more_a/middleburg_life/reporting-from-the-front-lines-of-buy-local-beef/article_a48716e8-f436-11e4-994b-eba584b20713.html

Hooray for spring break….

….increasingly we plan our calendar around grandson Church’s school breaks.  He can do anything Grandpa ever did…and better.  He’s always loved the farm but now his physical ability is catching up with his enthusiasm. On this Spring Break he eschewed the usual Florida getaway of many college students….even a vacation in Sicily….to give us a […]

The Thistle Hill mob….

….well the follow-on generations….grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  We get together every Christmas Eve though it becomes harder and harder with significant others and their competing schedules.  This year four grandchildren were AWOL but it is still a fair-sized crowd to feed.  (Our children made for eight more but they were out of camera-range.)  

Stocking up….

….grandson Luis has been here for the past few days and, of course, everyone is put to work so I can supervise.  Here Luis is emptying bags of bass, blue gill and koi into our pond.  At the fish hatchery where we picked up the young ones, Luis got impatient that nothing was biting at […]

More excitement at Thistle Hill….

…but nothing to do with calving.  Grandson Church was graduated this weekend from Woodbury Forest high school.  (All the graduates lit up cigars at the end of the ceremony.) Grandma Wooz managed not to go all blubbery and you know how grandmothers are about their first grandson!  We’ve been fortunate that Church, a Texan, chose […]

All in the family….

….keeping with the theme of the earlier post.  Our “big city” nieces are a delight: pretty, smart, and lots of fun.  Keira’s 2nd grade project was to report on someone who is a Community Helper….and I am proud to say she chose a farmer.  Actually, specifically her Uncle Dave!  Sister Quinn is the other half of this […]