This spring, there are snowdrops blooming in front of some of the buildings at Crieff. These tiny flowers are the first to bloom; displaying their delicate, paper-white petals even before the purple crocuses do. Last year I transplanted a couple-dozen clumps of these hardy bulbs from my back garden (snowdrops that my father planted many…

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On Sunday September 22, we tried something new! Local forager and chef Steve Allen led nine of us on a hike through the orange trail as Steve offered informative commentary about the food that is in literally in our own backyard. Steve is a foraging enthusiast, and awfully enthusiastic! He told us about growing up…

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Many of you will remember the Rev. Chris Vais. He was a well-loved minister at Knox, Waterdown from his ordination in 1987 until 1998. During that time, he was diagnosed with ALS (known also as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and later died in 2002 but made a huge and lasting impact on the church and on…

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Crieff Hills has a beautiful new heritage orchard, thanks to an environmental grant and a team of volunteers from our neighbours at the Mill Creek Pit extraction site. It all started last fall, when representatives from Crieff Hills were invited to a hearing about the use of land to the north of our property. Since…

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This summer, a huge and exciting project is beginning at Crieff Hills! The dining room, called Maclean Hall, is being renovated to offer barrier-free access to all of our guests. We believe that everyone should have a place at the table! The Maclean Hall dining room began as a schoolhouse for nearby farming families. Built…

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In the blog post announcing the generous gift from Dr. Ruth Alison, I wrote that here in the Crieff Hills office we needed a bell to ring when happy news arrives. Well, the sound of bell ringing has begun, thanks to a thoughtful friend of Crieff Hills. When Gord walked into our office carrying a…

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Originally posted on January 26, 2019 by bloomingreverend On a sunny September weekend I held a tiny bird in my hand. Months later I’m still thinking about it. In my new role as the Director at Crieff Hills Retreat Center I get to do all kind of fun new things, but my first ever bird…

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