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A winter wonderland…

…at Thistle Hill captured by MacKenzie Mason.

A bunch of hams…

…is what we’re raising…not baby beeves! I’d swear whenever Church unlimbers his iPhone our calves “assume the position” and proud mama poses in the background! THF 3 is a young heifer combining four of our pure traditional English Devon bloodlines: Tilbrook Cashtiller, Cutcombe Jaunty, Essington Buttercup and Ashott Barton Falcon. I’ve said before that I […]

A new arrival…

…and making it easier to check out Thistle Hill Devon…is this Kawasaki Mule four-wheeler. She seats six comfortably and in just a few days we’ll be adding an enclosed cabin and heater! Visiting Thistle Hill has never been more pleasant…year around! David

It’s a pretty scene…

…we don’t like to see. Thistle Hill has turned into one giant hockey rink following last weekend’s snow storm.  The snow was capped off with a combination of sleet and some melting…and the resulting ice cap is the one thing cows can’t graze through. We spotted extra bales of hay throughout our pastures so feed […]

It’s maybe not the Riviera…

…our pigs don’t know the difference. Here they’re soaking up the rays on an unseasonable winter day at Thistle Hill.  Actually pigs do have to worry about sunburn.  That’s one of the reason they wallow in the mud! David

This just in…and I’m bursting with grandfatherly pride…

…Church had just been accepted into the veterinary school at Cornell University! For the past two years, he’s been running Thistle Hill Farm and its herd of purebred Devon. All the while he’s pursed a graduate degree in biology at George Mason University. Before that he was graduated from Denison University in Ohio. If that […]

Thistle Hill ham…

..using Curt’s go-to recipe with thanks to “everydaymaven.com”. It starts with scoring the ham than patting on a mixture of cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and kosher salt. Have to punch cloves in, of course. After 1:15 in an oven, baste with a sixth of a cup of maple syrup. Cook 15 minutes more and baste […]

Who needs toys…

November sunrise…

A crisp fall morning on the farm…as Church does the early morning rounds of the pastures.  The Blue Ridge in the background. David

Fall at Thistle Hill…

…is the most beautiful time of year.  Well, except for the dogwood and rosebud trees in the Spring.   Mackenzie Mason used Church’s new drone to check out our 200+ acres of woods and captured some of the colors.  There’s a brief glimpse of their home about halfway. David