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In Search Of The Ancients – The Crieff Silver Maple

Article and photos provided by Marion Robertson

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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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Work at The Hermitage

For those of you who have been patiently waiting for The Hermitage to re-open, work has begun and the end is in sight.  We are excited!!

 

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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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Bloooming Tulips! - Canada 150

These special tulips in front of Maclean Hall are amazing.  Happy 150 everyone!

 

 

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A great day at Crieff Hills

Saturday May 13th was our annual May Bird Event Day at Crieff Hills.  With Bird Bander Brian Pomfret and Hike leader Bob Geddes, it was a great day!  

Plan to join us for our Fall Bird Banding & Hike Day -  Saturday September 30th -

                                                                                        8:30am - noon.

 

Birds banded at Crieff Hills May 13th 2017 were:

  • Sharp Shinned Hawk
  • Chestnut Sided Warbler
  • Blue-Headed Vireo...
  • Field Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • E. White Crowned Sparrow
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Tree Swallow
  • 3 House Wrens
  • 2 Grey Catbirds
Bird Bander Brian Pomfret Guided Hike Sharp-shinned Hawk

 

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Bringing sunshine even in rain

 

These daffodils bring a sense of sunshine even during these rainy early May days.

 

 

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Forsythia in full bloom

A sure sign of spring is when we see these bright yellow blossoms of forsythia bushes.  Planted years ago, these bring a wonderfully bright colour to House of Dove and the Hermitage. 

 

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