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A welcome from Humphrey

Hello there. My name is Humphrey and I’m the new therapy assistant at the Inchmarlo Retirement Community.

This blog will describe my life as I train for my new job. All of the experiences I have and the new friends that I make will be posted here, and you can drop in at any time to see how I’m getting on.

You can see the most recent updates if you scroll down the text on this front page. Alternatively, you can view the archive on the side of this page to see some of my older posts. 

However, if you want to start from the very beginning and get the whole story, you can view my first-ever blog post here.

Feel free to leave a comment and say hi,



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30th Anniversary


Oh what an exciting day!  2016 is the 30th Anniversary of the opening of Inchmarlo but as you will understand, I wasn’t present at the opening since I am only 6¼ years old.

All the Home Owners were invited to a celebratory supper in Inchmarlo House and, Head Gardener, Jim Wilkie and his staff put up two marquees.  Tables and chairs were set up and everybody arrived for 6.30pm.  Daddy repeated the same procedure as happened in the previous two celebratory events, 20 and 25 years, and most of the Home Owners joined me and other senior staff and directors for a celebratory photograph.

Staff, residents and friends celebrate the 30th anniversary of Inchmarlo House

That’s me bang in the front in my rightful place as somebody who walks all around the estate with Daddy, speaking to all the Home Owners.  This of course, is in addition to my main duty in the Care Home, where I regularly speak and cheer up the Residents.


After the photograph was taken, we all went back into the Picture Gallery where a harpist was playing.



And in due course everybody except me, went through to the main dining room and marquees to have supper.  I am not allowed to be in the dining rooms when people are eating.  However Head Chef, Colin, frequently keeps some of the main courses for me to eat later.


The Shepherd’s Pie (recipe by Gordon Ramsay) was followed by a choice of four desserts – Grapefruit Cake (The Brown Derby Restaurant, Hollywood), Rhubarb Pie (Paul Bocuse, Lyon), Key lime Pie (The Breakers Hotel, Palm Beach) and Gateaux Diane (Lady Claire MacDonald). These desserts are some of Daddy’s favourites, and they are regularly on the menu for Residents and also for Home Owners and their guests dining in the bar or the Green Drawing Room.  Since the kitchen delivers meals every day to Home Owners, they also enjoy the desserts when on the menu.


Head Chef Colin Davidson

Prosecco was served throughout the evening and a very good time was enjoyed by all.

The Press & Journal attended and they printed a double page supplement which I will try to include. We have people living at Inchmarlo from all over Scotland and England, and also from a handful of overseas countries.


Proud me



Julie Mckenzie,Charles Skene, Alison Skene, Richard Skene, Helen Fitzpartick and Humphrey


Director Alison Skene welcoming Jim Bridges


Daddy speaking to the Home Owners in the marquee


Home Owners enjoying Daddies speech


Director Julie Mackenzie welcoming the Home Owners


Group of Home Owners in the Picture Gallery


Group of Home Owners enjoying Gordon Ramsay’s Shepherds Pie in the Dining room


Chris, Claire and Karuna, some of the kitchen staff serving drinks. Claire has worked for Inchmarlo for 10 years and has just been awarded Employee of the Year


Sylvia Quarantelli and Caroline Rossen


Allan Beecham and Alan Pattillo


Mr and Mrs Barker having drinks on the terrace


Anne Merritt, Bob Russell and Agnes Callander


Jim and Muriel Watson with Peter Humphries and Gladys and John Park


                      Home Owners in the green Drawing Room – Jean Morrison, Sandy Calder, Eric Quin, Muriel Watson, Joan Laing, Mr and Mrs Russell, Prue Wilson, Jim Grant, Pat Green


Janet Hession, Pat Green, Della Russell, Prue Wilson, Joan Laing and Margaret Cinderey, who help with the WRVS


Some of the Home Owners who run the weekly Village Pub, Keith Whitehead, Ron McGraw, Grace Joynt, Derek Whatling and David James


Penny Knight and Margaret Webster


Roy Cotterill and Joyce Mutch. Roy has lived in Queen Victoia Park for 29 years and Joyce has lived in Pinefield since 1994


William and Patricia Ritchie


Grant Lawrence with Gail and Keith Whitehead

Amongst those attending the 30th Anniversary, were two groups of Home Owners who were the second generation of Home Owners (from the same family), living at Inchmarlo.  This must show satisfaction with the service for the children to also move in to the Retirement Village.



Daddy was down in London at the end of last year at a function in the Conrad Hotel, to be recognised for the second time receiving a Global Award.  Representatives from Care Homes and Care Villages, and those providing housing for the over 55’s, were at the event.  They came from New Zealand, Australia, America and many other countries to be recognised for their involvement in leading the way forward in providing accommodation for the over 55’s.  Esmonde Crawley, who presided, said there were over 900 people or developments considered for the awards. When presenting the award to Daddy he said –

“This is the first time we have done a double induction into the Global Awards Hall of Fame (Daddy was inducted into the Global Hall of Fame in 2012) and now into the UK Hall of Fame).  Mr Crawley went on to say:

“This really is a tribute to a man who has been largely working in isolation in his part of the UK, who I consider to be the father of CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Communities).  The man who has contributed most, right from the beginning, and what I consider to be the first CCRC in this country that is the indomitable Professor Charles Skene”.

Daddy told me he felt very honoured.

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A Lovely Sunday Afternoon at Inchmarlo

Daddy wasn’t pleased with the quality of the photographs he took on the Summer Garden Open Day, so the following Sunday we went out to Inchmarlo and took them again with his Nikon camera. It was a really good day for me because, on the Sunday lunch menu was Honey Roast Gammon, which I love!  Head chef Colin served it after Mummy and Daddy finished their lunch, and by goodness did I devour it quickly!

Mmmmm, delicious!!

Mmmmm, delicious!!

One of my favourite Residents, Mrs Kirkbride, asked Daddy if I was there, he said yes and he asked her if she’d like a photograph taken with me – and of course – she said yes. So here we are sitting together outside in the sunshine, after she told me what a lovely dog I was.DSC_3539
We then walked up through the Alpine garden which was stunning, and then all the way up to the putting green.DSC_3543DSC_3545DSC_3561DSC_3548DSC_3559DSC_3562DSC_3554DSC_3565

Mummy and me chatting with one of the Home Owners.

Mummy and me chatting with one of the Home Owners.



Relaxing while Daddy takes more beautiful photographs!

Relaxing while Daddy takes more beautiful photographs!

I had a wonderful afternoon walking between the sunshine and the shade, sitting on benches while Daddy took more photographs. It’s a dog lover’s paradise because the Tree Register said that Inchmarlo has some of the tallest trees of their type in Britain (some of which you can see below) – and what dog can resist especially tall trees!

Daddy's favourite tree.

Daddy’s favourite tree.


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Westfield and Pinefield on a lovely sunny day.

I’ve been out at Inchmarlo a great deal doing my duties and supervising the gardeners, and this particular day it was just stunningly beautiful. We went all round the Alpine Garden and then walked around Westfield and I suggested Daddy took a lot of photographs because everything was looking just gorgeous.P1090322P1090318P1090316

When we went to look at Pinefield, there were some Home Owners sitting out having refreshments in the sunshine. They waved to Daddy and myself so we went up and chatted to them for a little time.P1090327


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I was out supervising our new development of eight 2/3 bedroomed detached homes at Pinecrest. Frank Burnett Ltd are getting on very well and 2 have already been reserved.P1090330

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Summer Garden Open Day

We had our normal Open Day under Scotland’s Garden Scheme on the 22nd May.  It was intermittently sunny, but still pleasant and quite a number of people came and visited the gardens as usual.  We had signs up for the Sensory Garden and the Rainbow Garden and many of the people who came to visit had afternoon tea in the Dining Room.P1090276P1090258

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Crathes Vintage Car Rally

The Crathes Vintage Car Rally was here again on Sunday, and it was an absolutely beautiful day. As usual the cars drove up, parked around the roundabout and Residents in the Home were mostly sitting out in chairs in the gorgeous sunshine, watching as the cars came up, and then after a period of time, watching them drive round the roundabout and away again.P1090294P1090296P1090303P1090306P1090298P1090311

I went over and spoke to a number of my friends among the Residents, and later Daddy took me round and we inspected the cars, all of them were much older than me! One of the young boys with the cars was Finlay McLean, so we were introduced to each other and I had a good look and sniff round the car.P1090301

I suggested to Daddy that since the rhododendrons and azaleas were in full bloom that he should invite some of the drivers to go up and view the main Alpine Garden. He did so and a number of them went and when they came back they said how stunningly beautiful they were.

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Glorious Weather

Oh what a glorious time this is! I have been out to Inchmarlo regularly walking around the estate looking at the new houses going up at Pinecrest. Although the last time Daddy took me up there I staged a sit down and refused to walk up to undertake my usual supervisory role. The reason for it was quite simple: there was a tremendous amount of banging going on and I don’t like loud noises because with my super sensitive hearing it disturbs me, so I just sat down. Daddy understood, so we went elsewhere.

The weather this week has been in the high 80’s. Some of the papers say that Aberdeen, including Royal Deeside, was one of the hottest places in Britain. It certainly felt like it. When I go with Daddy into Julie’s office I often look at her meaningfully, and she turns up the air conditioning to cool me down.

Monday was a very pleasant day for me because Daddy was going to host another Film Night in Inchmarlo House. People join up in teams and they guess who were the film stars and the names of the films produced in Hollywood’s Golden Era. To fit with the Hollywood theme Daddy got the head chef to cook recipes from famous Hollywood restaurants. They chose Chicken Paprika from Mama Weiss, Roast Chicken stuffed under the skin with sun dried tomatoes and roast garlic from Bel-Air Hotel, Beverly Hills, to be followed by Grapefruit Cake from the Brown Derby. On the menu that day for the residents was Yellow Fish with Cream Sauce, a recipe by Paul Bocuse, whom I have mentioned on a number of times before and I absolutely adore his recipe. Daddy got some from Head Chef Colin and I ate it at home later. Colin also put in a couple of pieces of the roast chicken, which I loved but the roast garlic not to my taste! and also some of the chicken paprika, but with the sauce taken off. – Oh yummy, yummy, yummy!

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