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Celebrate Fall ....Fall Retreats and Fall Colours

Leaves remind us to just "Let Go".....


"Next time you are out for a walk, look for a leaf.
When you see one that is just for you,
take it in your hand.
Imagine it's journey -
first clinging to its home in the tree,
than a slow descent as the right time comes,
a resting on the ground.
Appreciate the leaf in your hand.
And let it be your teacher.
Let it invite you to unclutter,
surrender, let go, simplify.
What is the one thing leaf-like thing you can do today?
Is it something you will give away? A clutter to de-clutter?
Is it something you will relinquish - a thought, a mood, a bitterness?
What needs to be let go today?
Let the leaf be your guide."
- Janice MacLean, the Prayer Bench

 

If you are looking for a fall retreat there is still space in our Women's Retreat at Crieff Hills on Nov. 10-12 on "Living a Life of Prayer."
You are also welcome to join a wonderful one day retreat on Nov. 13 called "A Taste of Jubilee" or just come out to Crieff on your own some day and enjoy the fall colours on the trails.

 

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A Morning for the Birds

The sun was shining on Saturday for our fall Bird Banding event.

 

Thanks to all who joined us and especially to bird bander, Brian Pomfret and family!

 

   
                                       Northern Flicker (photo credit Katy Kolkman)

 

Birds Banded:

6 Field Sparrows

5 Black Capped Chickadees

1 Chipping Sparrow

1 Ruby Crowned Kinglet

1 Northern Flicker

 

Birds Observed:

Northern Harrier

Cedar Waxwings

 

Butterflies:

9 Clouded Sulphur

2 Cabbage White

1 Painted Lady

1 Orange Sulphur

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On the way to the Office...

You never know who you might meet on the way to the office...I found this amphibian resting on top of the lamp post!
                                

 

Nature lovers please join us this Saturday morning, September 30th for BIRD BANDING AND FALL HIKES!

Join Certified Bird Bander, Brian Pomfret, for a close up look at the birds. Drop by anytime during the morning (8:30am until noon).
Bring the whole family! There is no charge for this event, but donations are welcome. Refreshments will be available.
Hope to see you there!
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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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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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Sing the Circle Wide

The 3rd Annual Music Ministry Conference at Crieff Hills was a wonderful opportunity to "Sing the Circle Wide" with Debbie Lou Ludolph (and Brad Moggach on piano), and to "Build Bridges" with Chellan Hoffman and Chris Fischer. Closing worship with Chellan on piano and Steve Miller narrating was beautiful.

 

Thanks for the support of the RCCO, Presbytery of Waterloo-Wellington and the Summer Institute of Church Music.

 

Thanks very much to Chris Fischer for creating and facilitating this special event. 

Chris already has some exciting speakers lined up for next year!

 

 

 
   

 

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Manna Day with Rev. Dr. Dale Woods

What a great Manna Day today with speaker Rev. Dr. Dale Woods, Principal of the Presbyterian College in Montreal!
And, what a powerful experience with 50 people softly singing "O Lord Hear My Prayer" while Dale prayed for those in Manchester.

We so appreciate Dale making the trip from Montreal - teaching, sharing, making us think and giving us much to take away. Thank you to Dale and everyone who joined us at Crieff for the day!

 

 
 
   

 

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Earth Day Rocks!

 

Crieff Hills thanks this wonderful group from the Dundas Rockton Rangers for all their environmental work on Earth Day: removing tree wraps, checking bird boxes and painting pollinator rocks that will be added to Crieff's Pollinator Gardens this spring.

 

Thanks also to Marion and Sara Robertson for spotting our first pair of bluebirds on the property this year!

 

Everyone is welcome to join us on a bluebird walk Tuesday morning at 9:30. Please call the office to let us know you are coming!

 

 
 
   

 

 

 

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Happy Easter

Yellow daffodils, opened for the first time today, are soaking in the sunshine beside Maclean Hall...and early this morning a rabbit was spotted hopping through the labyrinth!


Here is an excerpt of an Easter Poem by Neil Paynter of the Iona Community:


The sun slowly rises …


Feel it on your face and hands and
in your heart
Spring is coming


The light shines in the darkness
and the darkness will never put it out


In the early dawn they went to the tomb …

 

The sun slowly rises...

 
   
   



 

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