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Retirement Planning Retreat

Living with a Spirit of Adventure

A retreat for those who are nearing or  in retirement.

Stop - Reflect - Listen

 

Oct. 29-31, 2017

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Retirement is part of our lives that we approach with two sets of emotions.

There is a great sense of anticipation coupled with ideas of freedom, enjoyment of things that we have been too busy to do and expectation that downtime has finally arrived.  There is, however, a set of emotions that reflect a different dynamic.  Our occupation and work has been a great part of our identity.  With retirement we leave much of that behind to establish a new identity that has a sense of meaning and purpose in our new reality.

The recreational dimension of retirement lasts for a short while and we begin to ask questions about our meaning and purpose in life and how we now contribute to the world.

 

We will explore:

  • How we can enjoy all the freedom of retirement while still having a sense of purpose in our lives.
  • How does this transition in life differ from other moments of change that make this period of life so challenging?
  • How can these days really be 'ther best days of our lives"?

Join us as we enter these golden times!

 

Speaker:         Rev. Dr. Andrew Irvine

Andrew has been ordained to ministry for over 30 years following a career in social work.  He has served churches in Nova Scotia and Scotland.  For over 25 years he has taught in theological education at Acadia University, McMaster and now at Knox College, Toronto. 

Andrew has been involved in conferences and has served as a consultant with clergy, churches and denominations across Canada, the USA and Scotland.  Andrew and his wife Suzanne live in Caledonia Ontario.  They have three adult children and eight grandchildren all living in Southwestern Ontario.

 

Cost:  $250.00 per person ($450.00 per couple)

 

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Giant Swallowtail Butterfly at Crieff Hills

Our planting of polliator plants is paying off!  Over the last couple of years, under the guidance of Marion Robertson, Crieff Hills has planted Prickly Ash and Hop.  These plants are larvae plants for the Giant Swallowtail Butterfly. Today, this picture was captured just outside Maclean Hall.

For more information about the Giant Swallowtail Butterfly, read Marion Robertson's article.

 

Naturally Speaking - the Giant Swallowtail Butterfly

 

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Volunteer Gardening Wednesday

Even with the hot and humid day, July 12th saw our volunteers along with staff put in a  morning of planting.  The garden at House of Dove has been planned, a grid is in place and now the plantings are well on their way.  Thank you to all for you work on such a hot day! 

 

Anyone who is interested in volunteering at Crieff Hills, please call the Crieff office.  There are ongoing projects and extra hands are always welcome.

1-800-884-1525

 

 

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Monarch garden at Crieff Hills

Check out these July blooms in the Monarch pollinator garden, located by the stairs between Luke Lodge and the Conference Hall. The pink swamp milk weed is blooming with Monarch butterflies in attendance. Also, the orange butterfly weed is putting on a display. Recently, more flowers were added as larval plant food and also for producing heavy nectar flows during the crucial fall months to feed all migrating and resident pollinators.  Thanks to Marion Robertson for this update and all her hard work in the garden!

 

 

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Summer Newsletter from Crieff Hills

We invite you to find a quiet spot and read through the latest newsletter from Crieff Hills - Happy Summer!

 

Summer Newsletter from Crieff Hills

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The Hermitage - Ready to welcome guests

The Hermitage is ready to warmly welcome guests.  With a new septic system, new shingles  and a fully refreshed interior, this quaint, historic Milk House is the perfect get away for one person who is seeking solitude.

 

Crieff Hills Hermitage -  Suitable for one person -  $87.00 / night

  •  Single bed / Bedding / towels / bar soap
  •  Single Hot Plate / Microwave
  •  Dishes / Small fridge with freezer
  •  Desk
  •  Comfortable chair
  •  Ensuite with shower
The Hermitage
Bed sitting area
Desk

 

 

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Loaded with seeds

Our American Beech Tree that sits on the front lawn of House of Dove is loaded with seeds this spring.  Marion will soon be over collecting for germination. 

 

This tree was given the status of "Recognized Heritage Tree" by Forests Ontario through their Ontario Heritage Tree Program.  It remains, strong and beautiful and producing well!

 

American Beech Tree American Beech Tree seeds

 

 

 

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In Search Of The Ancients – The Crieff Silver Maple

Article and photos provided by Marion Robertson

puslinchnaturally nativetrees.ca

 

Why the fuss about ancient trees? For me, the answer lies in their genetics and their gifts to their offspring. In long lived trees such as the maple, oak, beech and hickory, longevity is a desirable genetic trait. Longevity of these trees shows adaptability to a changing world. An ability to adapt to changing weather and climate, degrading air quality (pollution) and pollutants such as road side salts. 

This particular silver maple is on a 300 acre farm purchased by Colonel JB Maclean of the present day Maclean publications. Even by 1930, Colonel Maclean could see most of this area had been clear cut and, ‘the land was devoid of most songbirds.’ This silver maple was, somehow, spared from the ax and grew to its massive size beside the historic stone bank barn. 

It was a thrill to see, this spring, the silver maple loaded with monstrous amounts of maple keys. Today, we are germinating, approximately, 200 seedlings from this ancient tree. And her genetics will live on.
 

Silver Maple Leaves Silver Maple Keys

 

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A busy volunteer Wednesday

Thank you to our volunteers Laurence, Bill, Margaret, Gayle and Betty Jane who worked in the gardens and to John and Len who were repairing and painting picnic tables.  So much work is accomplished each time you are here.  Thank you.

 

Our gardeners come to Crieff for the morning every other Wednesday.  If you are interested in joining, please call the Crieff office.  Volunteers are always welcome.  1-800-884-1525

 

Laying the framework and pulling stumps Repair and repaint

 

Well deserved Coffee Break

 

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Bluebird Walk Report

Last Tuesday's Bluebird Walk Report from Marion...


"There are 3 pairs of bluebirds successfully nesting now and 30 pairs of tree swallows nesting! The air is filled with their happy chirpy sounds.
This male bluebird wanted to play volleyball. He also happily feeds the Mrs. on the nearby picnic table. The place has gone to the birds!"


Thanks to Marion and Sara Robertson for the great photos and looking after our nesting boxes so well!

   

 

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