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Hello Winter!

We have been waiting ...

Overnight there has been a change in what I see out my window.  Winter with its snow has arrived to Crieff Hills.  I see a beautiful world.

 

As people arrive for today's Luncheon Buffet I hear laughter and stomping of feet to clear their boots.  There is also talk of snowy roads and the need to slow down.  We have been waiting for the Ontario winter weather - most are prepared for what it brings.

 

Let us also remember this season of Advent.  A time to slow down.  A time to prepare and be prepared.

   
   

 

'Advent: the time to listen to footsteps - you can't hear footsteps when you are running yourself.  Bill McKibben'

 

'Take time to be aware that in the very midst of our busy preparations for the celebration of Christ’s birth in ancient Bethlehem, Christ is reborn in the Bethlehems of our homes and daily lives. Take time, slow down, be still, be awake to the Divine Mystery that looks so common and so ordinary yet is wondrously present.  Edward Hays, A Pilgrim’s Almanac'

 

'Let's approach Christmas with an expectant hush, rather than a last-minute rush!  Anonymous'

 

 

 

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The Red Cedars at Crieff Hills in November

Thanks to Marion Robertson for this blog -

Wow, what a seed collection year it has been!  Species of trees such as beech, black maple, ironwood and musclewood that create seeds every 5 to 7 years decided that this was their year.  Giant seed crops for some species but the wetter weather was not favorable for species, such as oak.  But, it is time to celebrate with the last species being collected this week – the red cedar.

 

Common names can be so confusing and it is no different for this tree.  Commonly known as red cedar, it is not actually a cedar but a juniper.  2 types of juniper grow in this region but the Juniperis virginiana is the juniper you see as you stroll the bluebird trail at Crieff Hills conference center.  The beautiful blue berries are not actually berries but scales tightly packed.  Reference books actually refer to the fruit as cones, not berries.  The cedar waxwing bird, named after this tree, do not really care.  For these winter residents the tree is essential as a food source through the long winter months. 

 

While you are walking the trails of Crieff Hills, don't forget to admire these hardy blue berry adorned trees. A reminder, the Christmas luncheons are coming up next week.  I understand there are some spaces still available.

 

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

 

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The RAW CARROT visits Crieff Hills

Assembly Council and the Life and Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church in Canada held a combined meeting at Crieff Hills.  While here  co-directors of The Raw Carrot, Rebecca Sherbino and Colleen Graham, shared their vision and the story of The Raw Carrot.  As well, everyone was treated to a bowl of Hearty Lentil & Barley or Mulligatawny soup.  To find out more about The Raw Carrot go to their web site www.the rawcarrot.com.

 

 

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Today's promise ...

Today's photo of beauty was taken by David looking out from House of Dove.  God's promise.

 

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Retirement Planning - Learning, Listening and Creative Fun

Looking ahead and planning ... that is what this Retreat was all about.  Coming to this retreat were those who are retired as well as those who are thinking ahead to retirement.  With the leadership of Rev. Dr. Andrew Irvine there was time for listening, sharing, and soul searching as each looked at this new stage in life. 

 

Listening to God ...

Who will you be? 

What will give meaning to your life in the years ahead ...

which may be 30 or more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time for Worship

 

 

One of the free time actvities - Watercolours with Debbie Ellis

 

 

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Fall cleanup in the gardens

Today was a beautiful fall day and our volunteer gardeners were once again busy at work.  Cleaning up the kitchen garden was the first thing on the list.  Once tackled, it was off to plant bulbs which will be so appreciated and bring many smiles next spring.  What would we do without this group of talented, energetic and dedicated volunteers.  Thank you!

 

Cleaning up the Kitchen Gardens at Crieff

     

 

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Great Manna Day with Rev. Dr. Stuart Macdonald

Thank you Rev. Dr. Stuart Macdonald for leading today's Manna Day.  It was a time of fellowship and much learning.   A great day! 

 

Rev. Dr. Stuart Macdonald

 

Thank you as well to Rev. Scott Sinclair for leading us in worship and song.

Stuart and Scott

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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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