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Summer Blooms!

Thanks to Crieff's dedicated volunteer gardeners the raised kitchen beds by Maclean Hall are looking great!  Guests dining at Crieff Hills will be enjoying some very fresh salads and vegetables before too long.

 

      

 

The next time you are here, be sure to take a look at the new sloped garden at the House of Dove created by the volunteer gardeners and check out the variety of plants growing there.

             

 

Dwarf Bee Balm ('Cranberry Lace' Monarda didyma) is a colourful addition to the new wooden planters outside Maclean Hall.  A favourite plant of hummingbirds and butterflies too!

   

The maintenance crew at Crieff are making sure the plants get the water they need and hoping for some rain soon!

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Grace-Filled Gardens

Summer is on its way and the air is filled with the fragrance of flowers and the wings of butterflies!

 

Guests this week are enjoying quiet retreats at the Pines Suites and in the Hermitage, sitting at the picnic tables for writing sessions and walking the sunny paths through the field.


Thanks to Crieff volunteer, Margaret Boyd, for these stunning photos of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtails gracing our gardens.

   
   


 

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Music, Worship and Reconciliation

There was "music in the air" last Friday at Crieff Hills at the Music, Worship and Reconciliation Conference. With gratitude to everyone who joined us for a very special day.

 

 
   

 

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On the Bluebird Trail!

What a beautiful day for a walk on the Bluebird Trail at Crieff Hills! Tree swallows were incubating eggs in many of the nest boxes, the bluebirds were watching their box from a nearby tree and the bobolinks were putting on quite a show!
Thanks very much to Crieff volunteer Marion Robertson for a wonderful morning with the birds and to everyone who joined us today!

Photos to come!

 

     
     
     

 

 

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Bird Banding Pictures from May 12

Big thanks to bird bander, Brian Pomfret and family, and to everyone who joined us on Saturday May 12 despite the cool start to the day!

Thanks also to Marion Robertson for guiding guests on the Bluebird trail.
We were very excited to see a Bobolink, a threatened species, as the fields at Crieff have been recently converted to hay to provide habitat for species such as this grassland bird.

 

Birds banded today at Crieff Hills:
4 House Wrens
3 Black Capped Chickadees
2 American Goldfinches
1 Grey Catbird
1 Field Sparrow

Birds seen and/or heard at Crieff Hills this morning:
Bobolink
Eastern Bluebird
Cedar Waxwing
Indigo Bunting
Rufous-Sided Towhee
Brown Thrasher
Yellow Shafted Flicker
Brown Headed Cowbird
Wood Duck
Turkey Vulture
Savannah Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Tree Sparrow
American Robin
American Crow
Mourning Dove
Grackle
Starling
Turkey Vulture
Blue Jay
Canada Goose

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Thank you and Happy Retirement!

Crieff Hills staff, volunteers, friends and family gathered to thank Lawrence and Marylu Pentelow for their outstanding dedication to Crieff Hills Community over the past 15 years and wish them the very best for their retirement.  Lawrence was managing director and Marylu coordinated Crieff Hills programs.  They will be deeply missed by so many for their leadership at Crieff Hills and wonderful hospitality!

 

   
     
   

 

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Come Walk the Bluebird Trail!

Bluebird Trail Walks at Crieff Hills with Marion Robertson are taking place at 9:30 am every Tuesday in May (weather permitting). 
Meet in the Conference Hall parking lot.

 

Please call ahead to let us know you are coming! 519 824-7898.  Come and watch the Eastern Bluebirds and Tree Swallows as they build their nests and raise their young!

 

There is no charge for these guided walks but donations are appreciated.

 

 
     
     

 

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"Toward (Un)Common Ground: Music, Worship and Reconciliation"

Registration is now open!

 

Worship Leaders, musicians, choirs and directors from any denomination are invited to attend the 4th Annual Worship and Music Conference at Crieff Hills Retreat Centre on Friday June 1, 2018 from 9:00AM to 3:30PM.

 

"Toward (Un)Common Ground: Music, Worship and Reconciliation"

 

Come and discover a vision for how worship planners might nurture respectful relationships with First Nations partners and incorporate Indigenous spirituality into Christian contexts.

 

Join Bruce Weaver, Scott Knarr, Gerard Yun & Chris Fischer for this unique event.

 

 Cost:$55 (includes lunch).  Register by calling Crieff Hills 519 824-7898  or 1 800-884-1525.

 

For more information see Event Brochure.

We hope you will join us!

   

 

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Volunteers Gardeners at Crieff

Despite rain and snowflurries, our Volunteer Gardeners were busy this week beginning the clean up of gardens.  What an amazing and dedicated group you are.  Thank you!

 

 

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Plaque in the Pollinator Garden at Crieff Hills

With thanks for a grant from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for enabling the Pollinator Garden at Maclean Hall.

 

 

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