About Us

A nurse and commercial artist left the big city and headed north.
We moved to an old lodge and began a career in the tourism industry.
There we raised a family and worked for 20 years.

Time moved on and we decided on a change once again in our lives. This brought us to the farm.
As the story goes, my son and I were out looking for a Christmas tree and as we drove along,
we noticed the "FOR SALE" sign.
Needless to say, we mentioned it to my wife and that was that.
As for the Highland cattle, that's another story.

Hitting the Show Circuit

I made the decision to start showing some of our animals in the summer of 2007
which meant I needed a trailer for a start and that I'd have to learn to train the animals that I wanted to show.
I started training one heifer and we both learned quite a bit.
She went with me to four shows along with her bull calf.

By the time The Royal Winter Fair in Toronto rolled around, I had four animals ready to show.
We came home with a few ribbons and one first place to show for our efforts.
I sure learned a lot and have to thank the other members of  the Ontario Highland community for their help.

ben and sam    royal1


What's a Thistlestone anyway?

When we told a good friend the name of our farm, she said that it reminded her
of what her father used to say about their farm.
"It was good only for growing thistles and stones."
I'm not saying that we don't have our share of both but
that's not quite the way we see it. 
The thistle is the badge or plant emblem for Scotland and the Stewart Clan.
A stone, on the other hand, is sometimes known as something precious or as a gem.

spring calf

The kingdom of  heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it,
he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. ~ Matthew 13:44

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