Stop and Smell the Trailing Arbutus

The Trailing Arbutus of Ridge Haven Trailing Arbutus at Ridge Haven Homestead Trailing Arbutus–my second favorite Spring Wildflower! My first encounter with the Trailing Arbutus happened in April, 2018. Our family visited some friends for lunch, and the hostess provided each child with a list and a camera, along with the instructions to “Go find…

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Sabbath Hike to Chimney Rocks

Sabbath Hike with Friends What a beautiful day for a hike! Several families grabbed a quick lunch after church, then we hit the road! After a scenic drive along the French Broad River, we arrived at the entrance to Weaver’s Bend Road, a five-mile gravel road leading to the Chimney Rocks trail head. Empty About…

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Homestead Report—Spring Clean-up, Terrace Gardens, and Personal Grow Beds

How We Garden—Preparing Terrace Gardens These last few weeks we’ve really caught Spring Fever! Mini daffodils in our flower bed along the driveway Daffodils, Crocuses, Tiny green shoots poking up, And even the green briars twisting around on the hills, All of these and more signal the arrival of that glorious time of the year…

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Why Tools Trump Toys!!

Tools Trump Toys!! Several years ago, I wrote this post for my homeschooling group. It remains my most popular post and my favorite of all times. When I transferred my Lessons and Lessons blog over here to Ridge Haven Homestead last year, I assumed that all of my posts had come along. Sadly, this one…

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Country Living and the Coronavirus

What does Country Living have to do with the Coronavirus (or any infectious disease) This post may contain affiliate links. Pandemics, Country living, Coronaviruses? It’s Sabbath afternoon. Our family stayed home from church, attended an online service, and spent the day quietly. We kept in touch with family and friends via phone and text, and…

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Homestead Blog Hop 266 & Thanksgiving Amid Trials

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! Thanksgiving Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day.  Today is the day our family will get together for our annual celebration. Of course we have been looking forward to this day with great anticipation. Yet, just a few hours ago (as in 4 am), I believed we’d have to sit this gathering…

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7 Reasons to Bring Back the Old-Fashioned Work Bee!

What is a Work Bee, and what is so wonderful about one? If you’ve ever read some of the old stories, like the Little House on the Prairie books or stories from former pioneer times, you may have come across the idea of a work bee. Depending on the nature of the project needed help…

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