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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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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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Harbingers of Spring


Spring is here! The evening chorus of tiny tree frogs, the Spring Peepers, can be heard coming from local ponds, the first deep-blue Tree Swallow was spotted in the area, and Mourning Cloak butterflies are warming their wings on sunny days.

These butterflies live for about a year, overwinter as an adult and reappear in early springtime to mate. They are also known as the Harbinger of Spring, being one of the first butterflies to emerge after the winter. The name Mourning Cloak comes from the appearance of the dark wings said to resemble the traditional cloak worn in Victorian times by those in mourning.
 
   

 

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Spring is Here! Bluebird Trail walks begin soon!

 

Happy First Day of Spring!

Not too long now until the spring wildflowers appear in the woods and birds begin making their nests in our bluebird boxes.

Visitors are welcome to help monitor the nesting boxes by joining our guided walks of the Bluebird Trail on Tuesday mornings at 9:30am from April 25 to early June. 
 
Come and watch the Eastern Bluebirds as they build their nests and raise their young!  There is no charge for these guided walks but donations are appreciated. Meet in the Conference Hall parking lot and please call the office to let us know you are coming at 519 824-7898.
 
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Retired? This is for you!

Do you wish you still had a chance to go to camp? 
Crieff Hills has something for you from May 7-10th!
“Still in the Game: Embracing Life’s Third Chapter” is a special retirement retreat under the leadership of Rev. Kirk Summers and Tim and Linda Herron.
Join us for a chance to look at the stars, walk, worship, learn, play and relax in a peaceful country setting here at Crieff Hills.
Early bird registration discount ends March 25th!

 

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Building Bridges: Music Ministry in an Emerging Church

Music Ministry Conference 2017 on Friday, June 2 at Crieff Hills - "Building Bridges:  Music Ministry in an Emerging Church."

 

One-Day Interdenominational Conference for Worship and Music Leaders: Pastors, Directors, Organists, Choirs and Praise Teams.

 

This is the third annual interdenominational Music Ministry conference at Crieff Hills

and is a wonderful opportunity for musicians and clergy to learn, share and sing together!

 

Now, more than ever, we in the church are called to build bridges in this world.

Music as a ministry can contribute much to this bridge-building, as music is a relational art.

In singing songs of "the other," we learn that we are all truly one Body, and through sharing

in the gift of song we are empowered to transform our relationships, in the church and in the world.

 

Keynote Speakers:  Debbie Lou Ludolph, pictured below directing WLS global song community choir Inshallah, and Chellan Hoffman (RCCO 2017 Travelling Clinician from Knox United Church, Calgary).  Facilitator:  Chris Fischer, pastoral musician at Knox Presbyterian Church, Guelph. 

 
   

To Register:  Please call the Crieff Hills Office at 519 824-7898

Please register before May 19th and let us know of any food allergies.

 

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