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This week at Ridge Haven we’ve been doing more excavating! Creating more garden terraces to use our wooded acreage better.

Our friend, Michael has been carving away, with Greg helping to move dirt on the skid steer. Suddenly the steep hillside behind our camper has a road, leading up to two new garden areas, with one more in the works!

This road has made a new exercise path for me. When we moved here, Greg told me that this hill would keep me in shape! I think he’s right! Whew! A hike up that hill really gets my heart thumping!

It was freezing this morning, so here I am in my big crocheted beret at the first terrace.

And here’s Michael knocking down some more trees for another terrace. It’s changing the hillside, but in all honesty, that hill was mostly unusable except for climbing, so change is good in this instance.


Just for ha-ha’s, as our friend, Troy always says, I snapped a shot of the road leading up to the first terrace. Tomorrow we will have a newly cleared area halfway up, so I wanted to remember what it did look like!

Drinking Tea

Our tea of the day is a new one called Passion, from Tazo Teas. I’m drinking it now, and I sent some in Greg’s thermos. Greg’s opinion was that it was very sour! I do agree, although I like it! I found that I had to add three times the amount of stevia that I normally add to make it taste good. I didn’t put that much in Greg’s. This tea is dark red from hibiscus flowers, with a punch of tart citrus and rose hips! It’s got some lemongrass too, and other flavors. Next time I’ll add more stevia to Greg’s.

Essential Oils

We are diffusing Warm and Cozy from Rocky Mtn Oils. It’s a nice spicy wintry smell like fresh oranges and cinnamon. Greg likes to take a little drop in his mouth–it’s very refreshing, and a great breath freshener.

I just thought I’d add the human interest side for a change. 😊

I always enjoy peeking into your worlds as I visit the different blog sites listed in the blog hop. We are all so different, but that’s what makes it fun!

Thanks for stopping in! Have fun linking up!

Now on to the Hop

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

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Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Natasha – Houseful of Nicholes (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Liz – The Cape Coop (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Ann – Live the Old Way (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Laurie – Ridge Haven Homestead (Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram)


from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we take turns choosing three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

Homestead Blog Hop Feature - Cranberry-Broccoli-Salad-@-NancyC-11. Cranberry Salad from NancyC

Homestead Blog Hop Feature - Free-Printable-Christmas-Countdown2. Free Printable Christmas Countdown from Virginia Sweet Pea

Homestead Blog Hop Feature - No Bake Cinnamon Ornament3. No Bake Cinnamon Ornaments from Petite Homestead

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Homestead Blog Hop Featured BadgeGuidelines for this Get-Together:

  1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog.
  2. Link up to three posts each week.
  3. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by.
  4. Link your post back to the Homestead Blog Hop. If the hop isn’t linked to your post then you cannot be featured. All featured posts will be shared on all hosts’ social media channels.
  5. Please link up posts that you haven’t linked to the hop before. You are welcome to link old posts from your blog.
  6. By joining the party, you are giving the hosts permission to use one photo from your post with a link back to your site if it is selected as one of next week’s Features.
  7. This is a family-friendly link up meant to inspire and motivate the homesteader in all of us.

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