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Monday Morning Sunrise at Crieff Hills


 

Today begins in beauty.... a view of the dawn sky gracing the field at Crieff Hills and a look down the road at a bright orange sun emerging.
If you like to get up with the birds please join us next Saturday, September 30 for our fall Bird Banding!  Drop by anytime after 8:30 to see birds being banded and released, and enjoy a hike on the trails.

“There’s a sunrise
and a sunset
every single day,
and they’re absolutely free.
Don’t miss so many of them.”
– Jo Walton
   

 

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Maclean Hall Garden for Pollinators

Maclean Hall has a new garden this fall!
Plants that provide food for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators greet guests as they enter the office.  Enjoy the photos below of some of the beautiful blooms by the wall facing the parking area.

Special thanks to our wonderful volunteer gardeners and the support of TD Friends of the Environment.

 

 
   

 

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October Manna Day - Thursday October 12th 2017

What the Reformation can teach us about Change

Thursday October 12th 2017

10:30 - 3:00

Under the Leadership of Rev. Dr. Stuart Macdonald

Cost: $22.00 per person (includes lunch) and payable at the door

Call to register  1-800-884-1525

 

Join us for a day of learning about change with Stuart Macdonald!

 

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Historic American Beech Tree Seeds!

The American Beech Tree - written by Marion Robertson

 

            Last year, in May 2016, we talked about a very special tree on site.  Our American Beech tree had been recognized and protected by Trees Ontario as a Heritage Tree.  It stands by the House of Dove as it has stood for the last 100 years.  Trees of this age have unique genetics in that their longevity shows a resistance to disease, climate change, pollution and still have grit to survive whatever Mother Nature dishes out. 

 

            We have waited 7 years for this tree to produce fruit and, finally, this is the year.  After every wind or rain event I visit the tree and collect the seeds lying about on the ground and fight off the squirrels and chipmunks trying to collect seed for their winter stashes.  We want to collect as many seeds as possible since, it seems, that we can only harvest every 7 years.  Soon the seeds will be processed and next year a new wave of American Beech will germinate carrying the genetics of this beautiful heritage tree forward. This is something worth celebrating!

 

 

Marion Robertson is co-owner of B Sweet Honey Nature Company and Puslinch Naturally Native Trees

 

 

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Crieff Fall Women's Retreat - Nov 10-12 2017

Living a Life of Prayer

... is the theme of the Crieff Fall Women's Retreat for 2017.

The retreat begins with dinner on Friday November 10th and ends with lunch Sunday November 12th.

Mary Jane Bissett will lead the weekend as we

  • Explore what prayer is all about
  • Different forms of prayer
  • Praying as a family

 

Leading in Song will be Katherine Rochester.

 

Come explore, listen, sing and be refreshed in the beauty of Crieff Hills.

 

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KAIROS Reconciliation in the Watershed Workshop

KAIROS Reconciliation in the Watershed Workshop

Saturday, October 28, 2017

9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Crieff Hills Retreat & Conference Centre

 

The KAIROS Reconciliation in the Watershed Workshop explores ecological justice and Indigenous rights through a reconciliation lens and connects the struggles of your watershed to those of communities worldwide.  Blending reflection with hands-on environmental experience, this full-day workshop will build understanding of our place in the watershed, identify ecological justice issues affecting where you live, and make connections with Indigenous rights on the path towards reconciled relationships.

 

Crieff Hills Retreat & Conference Centre

7098 Concession 1   Puslinch ON  N0B 2J0

1-800-884-01525

 

https://www.kairoscanada.org/event/reconciliation-in-the-watershed-workshop-2

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Crieff Honey 2017!

Our hives are producing very well so far this year.  Rick Robertson, our beekeeper, has taken off the first of our 2017 honey - 220 lbs!  Our bees continue to be collecting nectar.  So far it is a 'honey' of a summer!

 

 

 

 

 

Crieff Honey and Soap for sale

 

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Keep in touch with Crieff Hills

From time to time we send out via email Crieff News and Updates.  If you would like to receive these, we welcome you to sign up.

 

How to do it?   On the first page of our web site, click on the box.

News & Events Signup

 

We value you and thank you for your continued interest in the ministry at Crieff Hills Retreat & Conference Centre. 

 

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Pinning up the Spicebush - Naturally Speaking with Marion Robertson

Thanks to two of our amazing volunteers, Marion Robertson and her daughter Sara for this article and the photos.  So interesting!

 

Sometimes female butterflies find the ' perfect ' site on which to lay their precious eggs.  She is quite capable of depositing 100 eggs.  This can be quite overwhelming for the host plant and in order to avoid starvation of all the caterpillars, transplanting of the eggs is required.

 

We simply pin the leaves on which the eggs are on to a new area.  Pinning causes little damage to the host plant and the eggs continue to develop, uninterrupted, on the underside of the plant away from the rain and eyes of predators.

 

These are spicebush swallowtail eggs and caterpillars being transferred to fresh spicebush host plants.

 

 Marion Robertson is co owner of Bee Sweet Honey Nature Company and Puslinch Naturally Native Trees

 

Spicebush egg that has been pinned on a leaf
Spice bush caterpillar feasting on a Spicebush leaf
Spicebush butterfly

 

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Day Camp, Church Picnics and other Crieff memories

Crieff Hills continues to grow in its ministry and as we look to the future, we know the importance of acknowleging and celebrating our past.

Memories, stories (no matter how small or large) and pictures to add to our history files are much appreciated for all aspects of Crieff Hills Community. 

 

Mail to - Crieff Hills Retreat & Conference Centre   7098 Concession 1   Puslinch ON   N0B 2J0

                 attention Marylu Pentelow

Email to - marylu@crieffhills.com

 

Family Camp in the early years
Getting over the fence by the Stile  ... beware of the cattle!
Winter campfire
Discussion groups behind Maclean Hall
Parking along Concession 1

 

 

 

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